The Global Health program is unique in its transcontinental approach and the immersive learning environment which fosters internationalization and builds career skills for a globalized world. Its exchange opportunities with partner universities enable students to broaden their perspectives and benefit from rich intercultural learning.
This week, we hosted an orientation event to welcome twenty-three inbound mobility students on exchange at McMaster University from Maastricht University and for the first time, Universidad Del Rosario. Although classes are currently being held online, many students have arrived in Canada and others will be on their way soon to participate in in-person instruction. The program is also offering on-line ‘internationalization at home’ options for students who will not travel to Canada.
The welcome orientation provided time for students to introduce themselves, discuss course selections for the winter term, and learn about opportunities to connect and collaborate with faculty and peers. Showing optimism and inspiration for their time at McMaster and the learning opportunities ahead, Dr. Andrea Baumann, V-P of Global Health, further encouraged students by emphasizing that their ability to adapt and be flexible are important skills in the field of global health
The Maastricht and Rosario exchange student nationalities include Dutch, French, Afghan, and Colombian to name a few. The exchange has diverse benefits which supports students to build relationships with people from all over the world, broaden their experience and knowledge base, and develop intercultural communication skills within an international academic community.
This unique opportunity supports McMasters internationalization strategy and commitment to global health with its emphasis on programs and experiences that are collaborative and global in nature.
Program exchange students can choose to specialize one of the three fields of study offered at McMaster (Global Health Management, Globalization and Equity, or Global Health: Disease Burden Challenges and Changes). Motivated by the course selection and range of courses offered students voiced their enthusiasm about the learning opportunity and perspective offered by the innovative programming.
The exchange students expressed their excitement about studying at a distinct university and their positive and curious attitude toward diversity and motivation to learn and engage was echoed by many of them. This immersive learning environment will not only enhance their worldview but will bring a broad range of experiences to the McMaster Global Health program.