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Made by McGill: the Campaign for Our Third Century

Mobilizing McGill’s worldwide community, we will evolve our university into a place where global problems are solved. Where global leaders take shape. And where students from all backgrounds find success and opportunities to create a better, fairer and more prosperous world. 

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Ask any one of McGill’s more than 300,000 alumni around the world, and you’ll hear the same thing: McGill helped make me who I am.

What makes McGill special?  

Excellent but not elitist. Locally rooted but globally minded. Venerable but innovative.  

McGill is a place where anyone from nearly any background with the talent and drive to succeed can realize their dreams: from the courtroom to the concert stage, from a start-up to an NGO, from the greenhouse to the gridiron, and anywhere in between. 

As we celebrate nearly 200 years of contributions to research, discovery and learning, McGill seeks to raise $2 billion to support its bold ambitions. 

This is the vision behind Made by McGill: the Campaign for Our Third Century. 

The planet faces social, economic, environmental and technological changes on a monumental scale.

Rapid social and political transformations across the globe bring challenges that require the kind of creative thinking at which McGilll minds excel.  

These challenges will require leaders who are not just career-ready, but future-ready. Graduates equipped with the agility, training and experience to drive change and develop solutions when and where they are needed the most. 

Why McGill?

A global approach: We provide an environment where global citizenship is part of the experience of our students, faculty members and campus community, creating an ideal training ground for jobs and lives that require an international perspective.  

A unique local environment: McGill benefits from and contributes to Montreal’s multilingual environment, where cultural expression of all kinds flourishes. And Montreal is consistently ranked among the best student cities in North America.  

A track record of ingenuity: It is a testament to McGill’s creativity and can-do spirit that we are able to compete with the world’s finest universities, and attract students and researchers who could choose to study and work anywhere. 

A vision to unlock student potential

Our students are at the core of McGill’s future. They are the generational bridge carrying our aspirations forward. Our ambition for McGill’s third century is to focus on new ways to cultivate idealistic and sharp young minds, equipped with the skills and experience to lead in the roles which our world demands: five, 10 or even 50 years from now. 

Creating a training ground for future-ready students requires realizing Principal Suzanne Fortier’s vision for a university that is open, connected and purposeful: 

  • A university open to new ideas, new ways of looking at the world and our cultural and human diversity 
  • A university connected to its local and global community 
  • A university with a clear sense of purpose, because what we do – learning and exploring new paths in knowledge – has never mattered more to our community and our world 

A campaign for McGill’s third century

Ensuring that McGill takes its place at the forefront of higher education will require an exceptional mobilization of resources, engaging our global community of leaders, alumni and supporters. 

This is what the Campaign for Our Third Century is designed to accomplish. 

It will help drive McGill’s progress as an institution that attracts talent reflecting the full diversity of our world. One with the agility to capitalize on emerging opportunities and the collaborative ideas to find new solutions to global problems. 

It will help us offer students a dynamic educational experience that combines academic rigour, cross-disciplinary creativity, and a breadth of learning experiences beyond the classroom.  

It will be a rallying point for McGill’s international community to celebrate the institution’s unlimited potential.  

With the philanthropic support to propel us forward, we will create:  

  • Opportunities that open doors 
  • Research that changes lives 
  • Innovation that drives progress 
  • An education that shapes future-ready students 

Campaign progress

$1.86 billion out of $2 billion

Thank you to our supporters!

Your gifts make an impact on our third century.

  • Student success. Made by you. Pamela Jane Osler Supported Faculty of Medicine
    16 hours ago
  • Your gift empowers the next generation An Jiang Sophia Zheng Supported Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
    16 hours ago
  • Thanks! <3 The McGill community David Older Supported Faculty of Arts
    18 hours ago

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