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Message from the President
Message from the President

David Barnard

Transformation is a constant element of life at the University of Manitoba. It is the reason we achieved our 140th-year milestone in 2017 and it is how we will continue to be an influential institution that plays an integral role in our province’s development over the next century.

Guiding our transformation is the question "What future are we choosing to create?"

We’ve said:

  • The University of Manitoba will be nationally and internationally recognized for its teaching, research and creative excellence, sought after by students and faculty alike as their preferred site for study.
  • The University of Manitoba will be a student-focused research university from the time of recruitment: a life-long academic home where students contribute to a diversity of ideas and experiences.
  • The University of Manitoba will work with a variety of partners to make Winnipeg the national centre of excellence in Indigenous education, and in particular to allow Indigenous students to be prepared for and to achieve educational success in the full range of academic programs we provide.
  • The University of Manitoba will be an employer of first choice, offering and expecting respect for all staff and faculty, providing opportunities for leadership, growth and development, and recognizing the contributions made at all levels of the organization.

Taking Our Place: University of Manitoba Strategic Plan 2015–2020 is our framework for achieving these objectives.

In March 2017, we reached the mid-term point of the Plan, and have updated this site to reflect where we have moved forward with each of our five priority areas.

The progress that has been made is a credit to all members of our community and provides insight into the many ways our faculties, administration and stakeholders are partnering together and engaging with the broader community to deliver on our collective institutional priorities. I want to especially thank Janice Ristock, Provost and Vice-President (Academic), for her leadership on the implementation of the Plan.

While we have made substantial progress, we also recognize that a great many opportunities remain to be realized. Within this report, you will find indicators of where additional time and resources are needed and the next steps that will be taken to see further progress.

I am confident in our collective ability to pursue the priorities, goals and supporting actions articulated in the Plan with energy and enthusiasm, intent on building bigger futures for our students, our faculty and staff members, and for communities both close to home and around the world.

Let us continue the transformation of the University of Manitoba and take our place as a leader in our province and our world.

David T. Barnard, Ph.D.
President and Vice-Chancellor