University of Manitoba

Taking our place

Facts and Figures

The University of Manitoba is taking its place among leading universities through a commitment to transformative research and scholarship, and to innovative teaching and learning – uniquely strengthened by Indigenous knowledge and perspectives.

Here, we don’t bend to forces of nature or circumstances; we innovate around them. In the classroom, in the community and at the front lines of research, we embrace the unexpected, defy convention and forge new paths.

From here, we can go anywhere.

// Our Story


From here we look to the future

We value the input of our community. More than 1,000 faculty, staff, students and alumni informed the recent update to the University's strategic plan, helping to guide decision-making over the next four years.

Taking Our Place: University of Manitoba Strategic Plan 2015-2020 is a pledge to pursue five priorities that matter most:

  • + Inspiring Minds through innovative and quality teaching
  • + Driving Discovery and Insight through excellence in research, scholarly work and other creative activities
  • + Creating Pathways to Indigenous achievement
  • + Building Community that creates an outstanding learning and working environment
  • + Forging Connections to foster high impact community engagement

This plan strengthens the University's statement of commitment to Indigenous achievement, and articulates a pledge to pursue relationships and dialogue with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples based on mutual trust, respect, and reciprocity.

// By the Numbers


(Fall term 2016)

29,987 total

25,611 undergraduate students

3,700 graduate students

16.9 per cent of students are international, representing 116 countries

(2015-16 fiscal year)

8,977 total

5,034 academic staff

3,943 support staff

1,185 full-time faculty


Photo: Future pharmacists hone their skills in the Apotex Centre’s modern labs on the Bannatyne campus.

From here we push our limits

Twenty-one U of M doctoral students have received a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship in the eight years since the award was introduced, and 98 students have been awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship – more than any other university in Western Canada.

The Engineering Access Program has graduated the most Indigenous engineers in Canada: 109 and counting.

The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy is considered one of the strongest in the country, ranking first place on the national licensing exams in five of the last 10 years.

Science student Anna Liu was one of only four students in Western Canada to be awarded the prestigious Fessenden-Trott Scholarship, which is awarded to 2nd-year undergraduate students who excel academically and who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities.

// Student Success


Photo:Mihskakwan James Harper, a multiple awards recipient including the Miller Thomson Foundation National Scholarship, is passionate about finding innovative solutions to making transportation more sustainable.

From here we experience the world

At the University of Manitoba we believe an exceptional student experience is built on the foundation of innovative teaching, that encourages students to learn, thrive and grow through unique experiential and engagement activities both on and beyond campus.

The Co-Curricular Record supports a holistic approach to student development. Students can choose from more than 350 activities on campus to grow their transcript of extra-curricular involvement.

Students can take part in over 100 service-learning, internship, co-op and exchange programs with the chance to travel and study abroad in more than 30 countries.

Last year, the University launched two new local service-learning programs empowering students to create positive change in our community.

// Student Experience


Photo: During Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg, University of Manitoba students connect with the community at local non-profit agencies, including Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre.

From here we celebrate who we are

Every year, the University of Manitoba welcomes more than 2,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, including more than 180 graduate students. We are home to one of the largest Indigenous student populations in Canada.

Our Pathways to Indigenous Achievement plan reflects the life-changing nature of education, benefiting both individuals and communities.

The U of M is home to some of the country’s brightest stars in Indigenous research, including Dr. Michael Hart, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledges and Social Work.

In 2016 the U of M celebrated the 27th anniversary of the Annual Graduation Pow Wow, honouring the achievements of more than 350 Indigenous graduates.

// Indigenous Achievement


Photo: Nursing student Sage Parisien Guiboche received a 2015 Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award, which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Indigenous youth.

From here we celebrate who we are

University of Manitoba graduate students are the future leaders of our communities, our businesses and our government. They fuel innovation with their expertise, generating wealth in our province.

Every year, graduate students showcase their research at the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. Students are challenged to share their findings in only three minutes, offering the public an opportunity to learn the latest in research.

Rebecca Dielschneider's innovative doctoral research in the department of immunology could change the way leukemia treatment is delivered around the world. She received the 2015 Gold Leaf Award from BIOTECanada for being a leader in biotechnology research.

In 2015 students from the Asper MBA program secured the Asper School's highest-ever finish at the prestigious John Molson MBA International Case Competition, placing second overall among 36 teams from five continents.

// Grad Studies


Photo: As a medical microbiology graduate student, Gary Wong [PhD/14] worked with the National Microbiology Laboratory and helped find a treatment for Ebola. ZMapp saved lives during the outbreak in West Africa.

From here we evolve

Innovative spaces enrich the student learning experience. The Fort Garry campus sets the stage for important discoveries, transforming itself with modern facilities while preserving the historic buildings that have defined the campus for more than a century.

Preserving the truth of Residential Schools is at the heart of the purpose of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, opened in 2015 at the University of Manitoba.

The Taché Arts Complex will provide custom-designed facilities for the Desautels Faculty of Music, the School of Art and the theatre program where students, faculty and the community can learn, rehearse, perform and create.

The Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design Competition invited top urban thinkers to reimagine the Fort Garry campus. A campus master plan that builds connections with our landscape and strengthens relationships between our campus and community will be unveiled in 2016.

// Fort Garry Campus


Photo: In the room once known as the Oak Room – which served as the main student dining hall of the former Taché residence – today’s students prepare for exams in the Eckhardt-Gramatté Music Library’s new space, part of the Taché Arts Complex.

From here we collaborate

Many of the province’s future health professionals learn their craft at the Bannatyne campus. Adjacent to the Health Sciences Centre, the nine-building complex focuses on interprofessional collaboration across disciplines.

The U of M has graduated over 27,000 doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, dental hygienists and rehabilitation specialists, playing a key role in developing expertise and excellence in generations of health-care professionals.

The interprofessional Rady Faculty of Health Sciences will further position the U of M as an international leader in education, research and practice.

The Bannatyne Campus Master Plan envisions a vibrant, sustainable urban environment: a new building for the College of Nursing, additional green space, and improved pedestrian and cycling paths.

// Bannatyne Campus


Photo:The Rady Family Foundation donated an unprecedented $30 million to the University’s Front and Centre campaign. In recognition of this transformative gift, the U of M renamed its health sciences faculty the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, and doctors will now graduate from the Max Rady College of Medicine.

From here we build character

Among the elite interuniversity sport programs in Canada, Bison Sports boasts more than 350 athletes across nine sports: basketball, cross country, football, golf, hockey, soccer, swimming, track and field, and volleyball.

Bison teams have won 42 U Sports national championships, including recent victories in women’s volleyball and men’s golf.

Since 1990, the U of M has consistently ranked among the country’s top 10 universities for producing the most Academic All-Canadians. In 2015-16, the U of M produced the largest number in the school’s history with 104.

Bison athletes also make an impact beyond sports. Through the student-led University of Manitoba Athletic Council, they participate in community outreach programs like Bisons Against Bullying and Bison Book Buddies.

// Athletics


Photo: Bison hockey forward and Asper student Alanna Sharman has been recognized for her outstanding achievement on and off the ice as the 2014-15 U Sports Women’s Hockey Rookie of the Year and Academic All-Canadian.

From here we add vitality

We encourage Manitobans to make life vibrant, rewarding and fun. More than 25,000 people use our recreation facilities at both campuses every year.

The new Active Living Centre is a 100,000-square-foot facility and offers 1,000 free weights and accessories, 160 pieces of cardio equipment, a 12-metre climbing wall and a 200-metre elevated running track.

The University of Manitoba community believes in a holistic approach to wellness. More than 12,000 students registered their membership during the first term the Sport and Recreation Fee was applied to their tuition.

In 2016 the Active Living Centre was recognized by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) with the Outstanding Sports Facility Award for design and functionality. This is the first time in 30 years that a Canadian facility has received this honour.

// Recreation


Photo: The Active Living Centre provides the community with a state-of-the-art fitness facility and research opportunities to help Manitobans create healthier lifestyles.

From here we learn to lead

Across the globe, in 138 countries, there are nearly 133,000 University of Manitoba alumni carving their own paths.

In 2016 one alum, Wanda Koop, was named to the Order of Manitoba, and four were named to the Order of Canada, along with two U of M faculty members.

Alumni Dr. Mark Torchia [PhD/01] and Richard Tyc [MSc/94] received the 2015 Ernest C. Manning Principal Award and 2016 Governor General’s Innovation Awards for their joint development of the NeuroBlate® System. Torchia teaches in the Max Rady College of Medicine and is executive director of the U of M's Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.

// Alumni


Photo: Dr. Edward Lyons, OC [BSc/63, BSc(Med)/68, MD/68] received a 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award along with Emmie Leung [BComm(Hons)/76]; the Hong Kong Alumni Association; Karen Beaudin, OM [BA/92, BSW/11]; Diana Nicholson [BSc(BioE)/06]; and Gary Wong [PhD/14].

From here we see beyond

Through, we are sharing stories and showing the impact University of Manitoba faculty and staff are making at home and around the globe.

Our popular Café Scientifique series at McNally Robinson Booksellers highlights health-related research, bringing the community together with researchers in a relaxed environment.

Through outreach, science camps and various community-based projects, the U of M’s Biomedical Youth Program works with inner-city school teachers and students to help capture young imaginations and build an interest in science at an early age.

The Seniors’ Alumni Learning for Life Program provides the opportunity to explore new ideas and hear from professors, researchers and fellow alumni who are innovators in their field. This exciting program is for seniors 60-plus and is open to alumni and friends of the U of M.

// Community Engagement


Photo: Throughout the year, President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. David T. Barnard hosts Visionary Conversations in the Community – a series for people who love exploring tough questions about the topics that fascinate us.

From here we drive discovery and insight

At the U of M you’ll find 29 Canada Research Chairs – the country’s top experts in their fields – and a Canada Excellence Research Chair in Arctic Geomicrobiology and Climate Change.

Our researchers are making contributions that have a global impact. The U of M ranks 14th among Canada’s top 50 research universities for attracting research grants and contracts.

We have developed or partnered with 54 research centres, institutes, facilities and groups that believe in collaborative research and scholarship.

In 2014-15, U of M research received $162.5 million in funding. As Manitoba’s only research-intensive university, we contribute to our community’s ongoing and future success.

// Research


Photo: Students Tasneem Vahora, Patrick Giesbrecht, Gbenga Asala and Baylie Gigolyk now have access to the world’s most cutting-edge equipment to study materials that enable development of hands-on skills for today’s workplace, at the newly opened Manitoba Institute for Materials characterization facility.

From here we innovate

The University’s Transformational Partnerships approach supports the success of Manitoba companies through collaborative research and development partnerships. In 2015-16 the approach involved 28 research collaborations totaling $8.7 million in funding.

The University has garnered eight Synergy Awards for Innovation, established by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to recognize outstanding university-industry collaboration.

Smartpark, the University’s research and technology park, creates high-tech clusters, facilitates university-industry research collaboration and innovation and nurtures a culture that helps to keep highly-skilled students and researchers in our province.

Game Changer: Manitoba’s Idea Competition is an exciting new initiative that challenges students from all disciplines to identify problems and collaborate in teams to devise solutions.

// Research Partnerships


Photo: Master of social work student Eun Kyeong (left) and Centre on Aging supporter Harry Paine (right) build intergenerational connections through research and discussion of aging issues.

From here we inspire minds

In 2016 the Faculty of Architecture was identified as having one of the top interior design programs in the world by Azure, an architecture and design magazine. It is the only Interior Design program in Canada to offer Council for Interior Design Accreditation at the master’s level.

By incorporating Indigenous perspectives into learning, discovery and engagement programs, the newly created Master of Social Work based in Indigenous Knowledges helps to transform the lives of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and communities.

The Assistive Technology Lab opened in 2016 to create a space for students who require speech-to-text or text-to-speech programs. Two thousand of our students have identified accessibility requirements.

The U of M is home to Canada’s only credited storm-chasing course, offering students in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources a unique learning experience.

// Innovative Teaching


Photo: 2016 marks the launch of the Engineering Living Learning Community. This residence opportunity provides academic and social support to first-year engineering students.

From here we make it possible

Extended Education offers Extension Credit programs for those in search of professional development or industry-specific designations.

In 2015 more than 15,000 students took a degree course through Extended Education, which also offers over 100 certificate and diploma courses.

Manitobans can learn anytime and anywhere through Distance and Online Education, choosing from more than 140 degree courses in 10 faculties.

Students can also lessen their course load and take advantage of smaller classes by attending summer session or exploring online and off-campus instruction.

// Flexible Course Options


Photo: Extended Education offers language programs for immigrants and refugees.

From here we explore

We’re home to St. Andrew’s College (Ukrainian Orthodox), St. John’s College (Anglican), St. Paul’s College (Roman Catholic) and University College (secular), providing smaller classes and creating community.

Across 19 locations, our libraries house more than 2.5 million items, and offer access to 75,000-plus print and electronic journals, and over one million e-books. Through the libraries’ digital collections website, the public can explore more than nine million digital resources, including images, newspapers, books, videos and sound recordings.

The Icelandic Collection is a unique find among Canadian university libraries. With nearly 27,000 volumes, it is the largest collection of Icelandic materials in Canada and the second largest in North America.

The Arthur V. Mauro Centre at St. Paul's College is dedicated to the advancement of human rights, conflict resolution, global citizenship, peace and social justice.

// Colleges and Libraries


Photo: 2015 Vanier Scholar Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, a member of St. John’s College, is researching how flaxseed can be used to manage cardiovascular disorders.

From here we create opportunities

In the past five years alone, members of the University of Manitoba internal community have donated $7.9 million through the Faculty, Staff and Retirees Campaign to support a variety of initiatives and programs.

Our donors know the University of Manitoba shares their vision of a better future. In 2015-16 outright gifts and pledges to the University totaled $107 million.

Philanthropic support affects the lives of our students in meaningful ways and fuels research that shapes our province and world. Last year, the generosity of our donors resulted in a total of 59 new awards, including 36 scholarships, prizes or fellowships, and 23 bursaries.

Our donors encourage our students to go further. In 2015-16 students received more than $16.9 million in awards, opening doors to new discoveries.

// Philanthropy


Photo: In October 2015, the University of Manitoba launched the Front and Centre Campaign in front of thousands during the halftime of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers game. Special guest Israel Idonije revealed the amount raised to date: $215,294,636.
In June 2016, a new campaign milestone of $394,821,382 was celebrated.

From here we invest in the future

Donors have helped grow the University of Manitoba endowment fund into one of the largest of its kind, with returns among the highest of all Canadian universities. Students for generations to come will benefit from this generosity through scholarships, bursaries and awards.

“Receiving a Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship was very rewarding for me – an affirmation and acknowledgment of all the work I had put into school, volunteering and music for many years.”

– Kristen McLean, Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship recipient

“I have only begun my journey of pursuing my degree and already I feel it has transformed my life. Without the generosity of all the donors and all the support ENGAP offers, it would be nearly impossible for me to get a university degree.”

– Ella Nabess, Engineering Access Program Award recipient

“The Wu Scholarship offers me flexibility and financial support to make sure my dissertation project is as well-planned, researched and executed as I want it to be.”

– Melanie Dennis Unrau, Sir Gordon Wu Graduate Student Scholarship recipient

// Endowment


Photo: In 2015, 11 new Wu Scholars joined 15 fellow graduate students who have received the award since it was established in 2013 through a $1 million gift from Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu.

From here we put our province front and centre

Our University contributes $1.8 billion annually to our province’s economic activity, building a better future for Manitobans.

Every dollar the University spends generates $1.85 for the Manitoba economy. We develop our province’s business, community and government leaders.

We are moving our province forward, attracting more than 180,000 visitors to Manitoba each year and supporting more than 20,000 local jobs.

// Community Impact


Photo: Thanks to the vision of some of the University's most prominent alumni, and the work of tens of thousands more of our graduates, Manitoba has entered a new era of economic growth that is generating new jobs and opportunities.