University of Manitoba

University of Manitoba
University of Manitoba
Motto Floreat
Motto in English Flourish or Prosper
Established 1877
Type Public
Religious affiliation non-denominational
Endowment $342 million[1]
President Dr. David Barnard
Admin. staff 2,348
Undergraduates 24,267
Postgraduates 3,333
Location Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Campus Urban
Sports team Manitoba Bisons
Colours gold & brown          
Mascot Bison
Affiliations AUCC, CARL, IAU, CIS, CVU, UArctic, ACU, CWUAA, Campus Manitoba, Robert B. Ferguson Museum of Mineralogy, CUP, Gallery One One One and FitzGerald Study Centre

The University of Manitoba (U of M in short), in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, is the largest university in the province of Manitoba. It is Manitoba's most comprehensive and only research-intensive post-secondary educational institution.[2] It was founded in 1877, making it Western Canada’s first university.[2][3] It placed in SJTU's list of the world's Top 500 Universities. According to U.S. News & World Report, the University of Manitoba is among the top 20 universities in Canada and top 400 universities in the world as of 2009.[4][5]



University of Manitoba's Administration Building
University of Manitoba Tier Building
Biological Laboratories
University of Manitoba St Boniface College
University of Manitoba St Pauls College
University of Manitoba St Johns College
University of Manitoba St Andrews College
University of Manitoba Aboriginal House

The University of Manitoba has three main locations—the Bannatyne Campus, the Fort Garry Campus and the William Norrie Centre.[6]

The downtown Bannatyne campus of the University comprises a complex of ten buildings located west of the Health Sciences Centre between McDermot Ave and William Ave in Central Winnipeg. This complex houses the medical and dental instructional units of the University. The Faculty of Dentistry, the Faculty of Medicine, the School of Medical Rehabilitation, and the School of Dental Hygiene are the major health sciences units located on this campus. The Faculty of Pharmacy officially joined the Bannatyne campus with the opening of the 95,000 sq ft (8,800 m2) Apotex Centre on October 16, 2008.[6]

The main Fort Garry Campus (located on the Red River in south Winnipeg) comprises over 60 teaching and research buildings of the University and sits on 233 hectares (580 acres) of land.[6] In addition, Smartpark is the location of seven buildings leased to research and development organizations involving university-industry partnerships.

The William Norrie Centre on Selkirk Avenue is the campus for social work education for inner-city residents.

The University also operates agricultural research stations near Glenlea and Carman, Manitoba.[6] The Ian N. Morrison Research Farm near Carman is a 406 acres (164 ha) facility located 70 km (43 mi) from Winnipeg, while the Glenlea facility is approximately 1,000 acres (405 ha) and located 20 km (12 mi) from Winnipeg. [7]


The University of Manitoba provides services to urban Aboriginal people. The University of Manitoba Native Studies summer course brings first-year Aboriginal students to campus before the start of the school year for some campus orientation. Aboriginal Elders are present on campus at University of Manitoba to provide social supports. Dedicated tutoring services are available within the University of Manitoba’s Medicine, Engineering and Social Work ACCESS Programs. The University of Manitoba reaches into Aboriginal communities to talk to potential students at a much younger age through Curry Biz Camp, which fosters entrepreneurship among young First Nations and Métis students.[8]


Early history

The University of Manitoba is a non-denominational university, founded by Alexander Morris, that received a charter on February 28, 1877. It officially opened on June 20, 1877 [9] to confer degrees on students graduating from its three founding colleges - St. Boniface College (Roman Catholic/Francophone), St John's College (Anglican) and Manitoba College (Presbyterian). The University of Manitoba granted its first degrees in 1880.[10] The University was the first to be established in western Canada. Alan Beddoe designed the university coats of arms.[11]

The University has since added a number of colleges to its corporate and associative body. In 1882 the Manitoba Medical College, which had originally been founded by practising physicians and surgeons, became a part of the University. Charles Henry Wheeler (architect) designed the Bacteriological Research Building (1897), part of the Manitoba Medical College.[12] George Creeford Browne (architect) designed the Science Building, 1899-1900.[13]

Other colleges followed:

In 1901 the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba changed the University Act so that the university could do its own teaching, and in 1905 a building in downtown Winnipeg became its first teaching facility with a staff of six science professors. The governance was modelled on the provincial University of Toronto Act of 1906 which established a bicameral system of university government consisting of a senate (faculty), responsible for academic policy, and a board of governors (citizens) exercising exclusive control over financial policy and having formal authority in all other matters. The president, appointed by the board, was to provide a link between the 2 bodies and to perform institutional leadership.[14]

In the early part of the 20th century, professional education expanded beyond the traditional fields of theology, law and medicine. Graduate training based on the German-inspired American model of specialized course work and the completion of a research thesis was introduced.[14]

The first school of architecture in western Canada was founded in 1919 at the University of Manitoba.[15]

By 1920, the University of Manitoba was the largest university in the Canadian Prairies and the fifth largest in Canada. It had eight faculties: Arts, Science, Law, Medicine, Engineering, Architecture, Pharmacy, and Agriculture. It awarded the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Civil Engineering (BCE), Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (BEE), Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (BME), Bachelor of Architecture (BArch), Bachelor of Pharmacy (PhmB), Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA), Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Civil Engineering (MCE), Master of Electrical Engineering (MEE), Doctor of Medicine (MD), and Doctor of Laws (LLD). It had 1,654 male students and 359 female students, and 184 academic staff, including 6 women.[16]

The Faculty of Law was an affiliated college, the Manitoba Law School, which was founded jointly by the university and the Law Society of Manitoba in 1914. In 1920 it had 123 students, including 5 women, and 21 academic staff.[16] It became a full part of the university in 1966.[17]

The University was originally located on Broadway. In 1929, following the addition of more programs, schools, and faculties, the University moved to its permanent site in Fort Garry, Manitoba. The University maintained the Broadway facilities for many years. [10]

The University established an Evening institute in 1936.

St. Andrew's College, which originally trained the ministry for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, became an affiliated College in 1981. St. Andrew's College was the first Ukrainian-language college opened by the Orthodox Church in North America. It is home to a large Ukrainian cultural and religious library.

The policy of university education initiated in the 1960s responded to population pressure.[14] In 1967, two of the colleges that had been part of the University of Manitoba were given university status by the provincial government. United College, which had been formed by the merging of Wesley College and Manitoba College, became the University of Winnipeg, and Brandon College became Brandon University.

St. Boniface College and St. John's College, two of the founding colleges of the University, are still part of the University of Manitoba. St. Boniface College is the University's only French language college; it offers instruction in French and facilities for the training of teachers who expect to teach in the French language. St. John's College, which dates back to 1820, offers instruction in Arts and Science and, among other special programs, prepares men and women for the ordained ministry of the Anglican Church.

The University today

Robson Hall - Faculty of Law

Thirty-three of the many buildings on the Fort Garry campus of the University of Manitoba are used directly for teaching. Four of these are colleges: St. John's College, St. Paul's College, St. Andrew's College, and University College. The remaining buildings contain laboratories, administrative and service offices, residences, or are the property of research agencies.

In a typical year, the university has an enrolment of approximately 27,000 students - 24,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate. The university offers more than 90 degrees, more than 60 at the undergraduate level. Most academic units offer graduate studies programs leading to master’s or doctoral degrees.

In 2007-08, the university acquired more than $150 million in research income. The university currently holds 48 Canada Research Chairs and is either home to or a partner in 37 research centres, institutes and shared facilities. These centres foster collaborative research and scholarship.

The University of Manitoba is the network leader of ISIS Canada (Intelligent Sensing for Innovative Structures), headquartered in the Faculty of Engineering. ISIS Canada is a National Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) developing better ways to build, repair and monitor civil structures. The University is also an active member in 13 other NCEs.

University Centre


University rankings
University of Manitoba
ARWU World[18] 201-300
ARWU Clinical Medicine[19] 76-100
THE-WUR World[20] 301-350
Canadian rankings
ARWU National[21] 9-18
Maclean's Medical/Doctoral[22] 15
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The University of Manitoba has a total enrollment of approximately 26,000 students in 22 faculties. Most academic units offer graduate studies programs leading to master’s or doctoral degrees.

The university is represented in Canadian Interuniversity Sport by the Manitoba Bisons.

The current colleges are:

The university's faculties:

  • Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • School of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Architecture offers a program in architecture accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board at both the bachelor level (B.Arch.) and the master's level (M.Arch.). [23]
  • School of Art
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • School of Dental Hygiene
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering - Students can choose to specialize in the following disciplines: Biosystems Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Mechanical Engineering [24]
  • Extended Education
  • Faculty of Human Ecology
  • I. H. Asper School of Business
  • Robson Hall - Faculty of Law
  • Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music
  • School of Medical Rehabilitation
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Nursing
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Kinesiology & Recreation Management
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Work
  • Division of Extended Education
  • University 1

Libraries and archives

The University of Manitoba has 19 libraries and 1 archives:

  • Albert D. Cohen Management Library
  • Architecture/Fine Arts Library
  • Archives & Special Collections, includes the Rare Book Room
  • Bill Larson Library (Grace General Hospital)
  • Carolyn Sifton-Helene Fuld Library (St. Boniface General Hospital)
  • Concordia Hospital Library
  • Donald W. Craik Engineering Library
  • Eckhardt Gramatté Music Library
  • E.K. Williams Law Library
  • Elizabeth Dafoe Library
  • Faculty of Medicine Archives, includes the Ross Mitchell Rare Book Room
  • Father Harold Drake Library (St. Paul's College)
  • J.W. Crane Memorial Library (Deer Lodge Centre)
  • Misericordia Health Centre Library
  • Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library
  • Riverview Health Centre Virtual Library
  • St. John's College Library
  • Sciences and Technology Library
  • Seven Oaks General Hospital Library
  • Victoria General Hospital Library
  • William R. Newman Library

Human resources

The professors are represented by two different unions. The professors are represented by the University of Manitoba Faculty Association,[25] while the part-time professors and teaching assistants are represented by the CUPE Local 3909.[26][27] Professors at the Faculty of Dentistry are represented by the University of Manitoba Dental Clinical Staff Association.[28]

The support staff is divided up into many unions. The support staff and the campus security are represented by the AESES,[29] though the support staff at the Faculty of the Engineering are represented by CUPE Local 1482.[30] All of the outside workers are represented by the CAW Local 3007.[31]

University administration

University Presidents

  • James Alexander MacLean (1913–1934)
  • Sidney Earle Smith (1934–1944)
  • Henry Percy Armes, acting (1944–1945)
  • Albert William Trueman (1945–1948)
  • Albert Henry S. Gillson (1948–1954)
  • Hugh Hamilton Saunderson (1954–1970)
  • Ernest Sirluck (1970–1976)
  • Ralph Campbell (1976–1981)
  • Arnold Naimark (1981–1996)
  • Emőke J.E. Szathmáry (1996–2008)
  • David Barnard (2008–Present)

University Chancellors

  • S. P. Matheson (1908–1934)
  • John W. Dafoe (1934–1944)
  • A. K. Dysart (1944–1952)
  • Victor Sifton (1952–1959)
  • Justice S. Freedman (1959–1968)
  • Peter D. Curry (1968–1974)
  • Richard S. Bowles (1974–1977)
  • Isabel G. Auld (1977–1986)
  • Henry E. Duckworth (1986–1992)
  • Authur V. Mauro (1992–2001)
  • Bill Norrie (2001–2010)
  • Harvey Secter (2010-)

Notable past and present instructors

Notable alumni

Rhodes Scholars

As of 2010, there have been 95 Rhodes Scholars from the University of Manitoba, more than from any other university in Western Canada.[32][33]



Some international students are playing badminton at Frank Kennedy Centre

The University of Manitoba offers several recreational programs year-round, including a swimming program, adult classes and numerous summer programs for children. The university's Frank Kennedy Centre, Max Bell Centre, and Investor's Group Athletic Centre contain indoor tracks, a swimming pool, full work-out facilities, and an international ice hockey rink, as well as basketball, volleyball, squash and raquetball courts. Frank Kennedy Centre also hosts large dance, combat and gymnastics rooms, and indoor tennis courts.

The main art gallery on campus is "Gallery One One One".[1]

Student life

Student representation

The students at the University of Manitoba are members of the University of Manitoba Students' Union (UMSU). UMSU represents students at the Board of Governors and Senate, as well as providing programs and support to students.

Greek organizations

The National Panhellenic Conference sororities on campus are Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, and Alpha Phi.[34] The first Greek organization on campus was Zeta Psi Fraternity in 1921; other Fraternities on campus include Delta Kappa Epsilon, Delta Upsilon and Phi Delta Theta.[35] Fraternity Rush and Sorority Recruitment occur during the first weeks of school in September.


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  10. ^ a b "The Canadian Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2008-06-15.  PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0003528
  11. ^ Alan Beddoe collection at Library and Archives Canada
  12. ^ Charles Henry Wheeler (architect)
  13. ^ George Creeford Browne (architect)
  14. ^ a b c d "The Canadian Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2008-06-15. PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0008242
  15. ^ "The Canadian Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2008-06-15. PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0009565
  16. ^ a b Dominion Bureau of Statistics, Canada Year Book 1921, Ottawa, 1922
  17. ^ University of Manitoba Faculty of Law
  18. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities - 2011". ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities in Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy - 2011". ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  20. ^ "The World University Rankings 2011-2012". Times Higher Education. 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  21. ^ "Canada Universities in Top 500". ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  22. ^ "Maclean's 2011 University Rankings". Maclean's. 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  23. ^ Architecture Canada
  24. ^ (Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation)
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  32. ^ Chalmers-Brooks, Katie: "The path to Rhodes", On Manitoba, Volume 68, Number 4, April 2009, page 30. The Alumni Association Inc of the University of Manitoba
  33. ^ University Of Manitoba Public Affairs (undated). "Ten Great Things to Know about the U of M". Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  34. ^ "University of Manitoba Panhellenic Association". 
  35. ^ "Canadians Go Greek! Directory of Fraternities and Sororities". 

See also

Histories of the University

  • Dr. John M (Jack) Bumsted 'The University of Manitoba: An Illustrated History (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press © 2001)'
  • W. J. Frazer "A History of St. John's College, Winnipeg." M.A. thesis, University of Manitoba, 1966.
  • Mary Kinnear "Disappointment in Discourse: Women University Professors at the University of Manitoba before 1970." Historical Studies in Education 4, no. 2 (Fall 1992).
  • P.R. Régnier "A History of St. Boniface College." M.A. thesis, University of Manitoba, 1964.


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