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University of Manitoba
Motto Pueris his dedit Deus scientiam (And to these children God gave knowledge –Daniel 1:17)
Established 1877
Type Public
Religious affiliation non-denominational
Endowment $303 million
President Dr. David Barnard
Staff 7,758
Undergraduates 26,238
Postgraduates 3,694
Location Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Campus Urban
Sports team Manitoba Bisons
Colours gold & brown          
Mascot Bison
Affiliations AUCC, 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, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, is the largest university in the province of Manitoba. It is also Manitoba's most comprehensive and only research-intensive post-secondary educational institution.[1]. It was founded in 1877, making it Western Canada’s first university.[1][2] It placed in SJTU's list of the world's Top 500 Universities. The presses, The Gradzette and The Manitoban, are members of CUP.



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

The University of Manitoba has three main locations—the Bannatyne Campus, the Fort Garry Campus and the William Norrie Centre.[3]

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. Apotex Centre on October 16, 2008.[3]

The main Fort Garry Campus (located on the Red River in south Winnipeg) is host to more than 60 major teaching and research buildings of the University and sits on 233 hectares of land.[3]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. [3] The Ian N. Morrison Research Farm near Carman is a 406 acres (1.64 km2) facility located 70 km from Winnipeg, while the Glenlea facility is approximately 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) and located 20 km from Winnipeg. [4]


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.[5]



Early history

The University of Manitoba is a non-denominational university that was established in 1877 on Broadway, Winnipeg to confer degrees on students graduating from its three founding colleges - St. Boniface College (Roman Catholic); St John's College (Anglican) and Manitoba College (Presbyterian). The University of Manitoba granted its first degrees in 1880.[6] Consolidation was a way to strengthen these small and financially insecure institutions. The University was the first to be established in western Canada. Alan Beddoe designed the university coats of arms. [7]

From its founding until the present time, the University has added a number of colleges to its corporate and associative body. In 1882 the Manitoba Medical College, which had originally been founded by some practising physicians and surgeons, became a part of the University. 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 the first teaching facility with a staff of six professors, all of whom were scientists. 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.[8]

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.[8]

The first school of architecture in western Canada was founded in 1919 at the University of Manitoba [9]

By 1920, the University of Manitoba, still the only university in 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 only 6 women.[10]

The Faculty of Law was actually 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.[10] It became a full part of the university in 1966.[11]

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. [6]

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. Furthermore, 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. St. Andrew is the patron saint of the Ukrainian Orthodox church in Canada.

The policy of university education initiated in the 1960s responded to population pressure and the belief that higher education was a key to social justice and economic productivity for individuals and for society.[8] 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, the Roman Catholic institution which traces its beginnings back to 1818 and the earliest days of the Red River settlement, 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 special 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.

Fight Song

Notable among a number of songs commonly played and sung at various events such as commencement and convocation, and athletic games are: 'The Brown and the Gold' (ca. 1934), with words by Charles McCulloch and music by W.J. MacDonald.[12]

University Centre


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:

Libraries and Archives (Alphabetically)

The University of Manitoba has 19 libraries and 1 archives:

Human Resources

The professors are represented by two different unions. The professors are represented by the University of Manitoba Faculty Association[14], while the part-time professors and teaching assistants are represented by the CUPE Local 3909[15][16]. Professors at the Faculty of Dentistry are represented by the University of Manitoba Dental Clinical Staff Association.[17]

The support staff is divided up into many unions. The support staff and the campus security are represented by the AESES[18], though the support staff at the Faculty of the Engineering are represented by CUPE Local 1482.[19] All of the outside workers are represented by the CAW Local 3007.[20]

University Administration

University Presidents

University Chancellors

Notable past and present instructors

Notable alumni

Main article:Notable Alumni of the University of Manitoba

Rhodes Scholars

As of 2009, there have been 92 Rhodes Scholars from the University of Manitoba, more than from any other university in Western Canada.[21][22]

They are:

  • Raed Joundi 2008[21]
  • Akosua Matthews 2007
  • Daniel Lussier 2005
  • Graham Reynolds 2005
  • Aleksandra Leligdowicz 2004
  • Samir Sinha 2002
  • Marcello Panagia 2000
  • Sara Kreindler 1999
  • Claudia Hudspeth 1997
  • Lisa Smirl 1997
  • Davide Panagia 1993
  • Scott D. Boyd 1992
  • Brian Bohunicky 1989
  • Prabhat K. S. Jha 1987
  • Kerry Stirton 1985
  • Graham Steele 1984
  • Paul E. Vogt 1983
  • Thomas E. Patterson 1982
  • Debra Katherine Slade 1981
  • Jillian Welch 1980
  • Hedly Auld 1976
  • James C. Matthews 1975
  • Boris W. Tyzuk 1974
  • John E. Hutchings 1973
  • Robert Alexander Coke 1972
  • Daniel Selchen 1971
  • Robert James Adams 1970
  • Gregory John Wilson 1969
  • Adrian Cornelius de Hoog (University of Manitoba and Saskatchewan) 1969
  • Avrum Fenson 1968
  • Warren Elmer Norris Magnusson 1967
  • W. D. Parasiuk 1966
  • P. W. Slayton 1965
  • M. D. Hollenberg 1964
  • W. F. W. Neville 1963
  • F. W. O. Morton 1962
  • Baruch Knei-Paz (formerly B. Knapheis) 1961
  • G. A. Friesen 1960
  • D. T. Anderson 1959
  • H. Koschitzky 1958
  • J. P. Schioler 1957
  • F. B. Lamont 1956
  • D. A. B. Molgat 1955
  • N. F. Cantor 1954
  • W. Norrie 1953
  • J. R. Francis 1952
  • Murray Smith 1950
  • P. V. Lyon 1949
  • N. E. Currie 1948
  • F. G. Hooton 1947
  • R. J. Moyse 1946
  • D. A. Golden 1941
  • J. M. Coyne 1940
  • W. T. Cave 1939
  • R. W. Lawson 1938
  • H. D. Clark 1937
  • J. M. Teakles 1936
  • J. B. Reid 1935
  • F. J. McLean (University of Manitoba and Saskatchewan) 1935
  • F. W. O. Jones 1934
  • C. A. Winkler 1933
  • W. L. Morton 1932
  • J. E. Coyne 1931
  • J. R. Beattie 1930
  • L. C. Bonnycastle 1929
  • D. M. Turnbull 1928
  • J. R. McLean 1927
  • H. Allard 1926
  • R. I. W. Westgate 1925
  • A. W. Johnson 1924
  • A. D. P. Heeney 1923
  • G. Spry 1922
  • J. K. Gordon 1921
  • E. B. Pitablado 1920
  • C. R. Smith 1919
  • G. P. R. Tallin 1918
  • W. B. Hurd 1917
  • D. G. McGregor (University of Manitoba and Saskatchewan) 1917
  • E. W. Ireland 1916
  • M. S. Lougheed 1915
  • S. Abrahamson 1914
  • W. Nason 1913
  • A. Ewart 1912
  • E. R. Siddall 1911
  • J. T. Thorson 1910
  • S. Johnson 1909
  • H. R. L. Henry 1908
  • A. H. Miller 1907
  • C. A. Adamson (attended University of Manitoba) 1907
  • S. E. Beech 1906
  • W. J. Rose 1905
  • J. MacLean 1904

Note: no Rhodes Scholarships were awarded during WWII

Criticism of Maclean's University Rankings

According to the National Post, in early 2006, Maclean's announced that in June 2006, it would be introducing a new annual issue called the University Student Issue. The issue would feature the results of a survey of recent university graduates from each Canadian university. However, some universities, such as the University of Calgary, McMaster University, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Toronto, refused to take part in this exercise. In response, Maclean's sought the results of two university-commissioned student surveys: the Canadian Undergraduate Survey Consortium and the National Survey of Student Engagement. Results from these surveys, along with Maclean's own graduate survey, were published in the June 26, 2006, edition of Maclean's. As of September 2006, 22 prominent Canadian universities have withdrawn from the magazine's rankings, among them University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, McMaster University, Memorial University of Newfoundland the University of New Brunswick, Simon Fraser University, the University of Calgary, the University of Lethbridge, the Université de Montréal, the University of Ottawa, York University, Concordia University, the University of Western Ontario, Queen's University, Carleton University, the University of Alberta, and the University of Manitoba, as a means of voicing their displeasure with the methodology used to determine the Maclean's rankings.



The University of Manitoba offers several recreational programs year-round, including a well-established 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.

Student clubs

U of M has a lively campus community with over a hundred [23] student run clubs.

Greek organizations

The University of Manitoba has a small but vibrant Greek community. The National Panhellenic Council sororities on campus are Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, and Alpha Phi.[24] 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.[25] Fraternity Rush and Sorority Recruitment occur during the first weeks of school in September.


  1. ^ a b University of Manitoba Public Affairs (2005). "ONE University. MANY futures". Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  2. ^ University of Manitoba Public Affairs (2005). "Our Story". Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  3. ^ a b c d University of Manitoba. "The University: Quick Facts". Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  4. ^ University of Manitoba, Department of Plant Science. "Our Facilities and Associated Facilities". 
  5. ^ Mendelson, Michael & Alex Usher (May 2007). "The Aboriginal University Education Roundtable May 24, 2007 The University of Winnipeg" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  6. ^ a b "The Canadian Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2008-06-15.  PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0003528
  7. ^ Alan Beddoe collection at Library and Archives Canada
  8. ^ a b c d "The Canadian Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2008-06-15. PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0008242
  9. ^ "The Canadian Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2008-06-15. PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0009565
  10. ^ a b Dominion Bureau of Statistics, Canada Year Book 1921, Ottawa, 1922
  11. ^ University of Manitoba Faculty of Law
  12. ^ Fight Song
  13. ^ (Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation)
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  21. ^ a b 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
  22. ^ University Of Manitoba Public Affairs (undated). "Ten Great Things to Know about the U of M". Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  23. ^ "University of Manitoba Student Union". 
  24. ^ "University of Manitoba Panhellenic Association". 
  25. ^ "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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Coordinates: 49°48′34″N 97°07′58″W / 49.80944°N 97.13278°W / 49.80944; -97.13278


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