Forward with Integrity (FWI), an open letter first published by President Patrick Deane in 2011, challenged the McMaster community to find new and innovative ways to approach the University’s academic and research missions.
The principles and priorities outlined in the FWI letter are meant to inspire and guide this process of renewal and serve as the strategic direction of McMaster University.
As a research-focused student-centred institution, the principles of FWI build on McMaster’s tradition and culture of research excellence by actively promoting interdisciplinary, collaborative approaches to discovery and exposing students at all stages of their academic careers to research methodology and opportunities.
Throughout its history, McMaster has gained an international reputation for innovation in teaching and learning. The FWI vision has led to the creation of University-wide initiatives that will enhance our pedagogical research capacity and promote transformative approaches to student learning, emphasizing the value of experiential, self-directed and interdisciplinary learning.
The FWI letter reaffirmed McMaster’s long history of commitment to service and to the public good. To strengthen community engagement at McMaster, we are implementing structural and cultural changes to integrate community-engaged research and education more fully into the academic mission of the University and to deepen our relationship with our community partners.
Building on the FWI vision, McMaster aspires to be an institution that is global in impact. We are in the process of making structural and strategic changes to enhance our international research partnerships and collaborations and to meaningfully incorporate global perspectives into student learning.
Since 2012, funding has been made available for projects that support and advance the principles of Forward with Integrity. Use our new searchable database to explore the 148 projects that have received FWI funding.