Founded in 1821, McGill University attracts people inspired by challenge and committed to shaping a better future. McGill researchers are not only recognized for their scientific and technological breakthroughs – the world’s first blood test for cancer and first Internet search engine among them – but also for examining the social, environmental, ethical and policy impacts of business practices, technology, science and medicine. The diverse composition of McGill’s community, with 50% of students from Quebec, 20% from the rest of Canada and 30% international, plus professors drawn from across the world, fosters an entrepreneurial and creative environment.
Research and Learning Environment
McGill is a research-intensive, student-centred university with an enduring sense of public purpose. Our researchers ask important questions, contributing across disciplines to address the most pressing and complex challenges facing humanity and the natural environment. Our core commitments to ideas, innovation, sustainability, collaboration and partnership and to social engagement in research, guide our work. The result is an environment that nurtures research excellence, where faculty and students co-create solutions with partners on a global scale.
McGill is proudly one of the most international universities in the world. Our faculty members hail from over 70 countries and drive research that has global impact. McGill has institutional-level research partnerships with leading institutions in the United Kingdom, Japan, Brazil, France and Israel, among others, and has exchange agreements with more than 160 institutions across the world. Thirty percent of our students are international, the highest proportion of any research-intensive university in Canada.