University of Manitoba

Taking our place

2015 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. We are defined by a spirit that constantly asks: "How far can we go?"


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 five 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.


Students (Fall term 2014)

29,657 total

25,298 undergraduate students

3,719 graduate students

15.1 per cent of students are international, representing 111 countries

Staff (2014-15 fiscal year)

10,848 total

6,295 academic staff

4,553 support staff

1,197 full-time faculty

*Numbers updated November 2015.
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Photo: Bison volleyball setter Brittany Habing was selected as a CIS Top Eight Academic All-Canadian in 2014 for her outstanding athletic and academic achievements.

From here we shine

Ninety-eight students have been awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to date – more than any other university in Western Canada.

Thirteen U of M doctoral students have received a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship in the six years since the award was introduced.

The University of Manitoba ranks first in Canada for the percentage of high school students entering university with an average of 95 per cent or higher.

School of Art students consistently win the BMO Financial Group 1st Art! Regional Prize and have twice won the prestigious national competition.

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Photo: Faculty of Arts alumna and Rhodes Scholar Alexa Yakubovich will pursue a PhD in evidence-based social intervention at the University of Oxford.

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.

Our students pursue their passion in politics, culture, recreation, research and the arts through more than 200 student groups, events and experiential education opportunities. In 2014 we launched three new international service-learning programs empowering students to create positive change globally and locally.

Students can take part in service-learning, internship, co-op and exchange programs with the chance to travel and study abroad in 36 countries.

As pioneers of the first massive open online courses (MOOCs), we continue to explore innovative opportunities to engage and maximize the learning potential of our students.

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Photo: As part of Alternative Reading Week, University of Manitoba student Janet O. Shodipo volunteers at Art City, a not-for-profit community arts centre in the heart of West Broadway.

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 150 graduate students, making up one of the largest Indigenous student populations in Canada.

Our Pathways to Indigenous Achievement plan reflects how education can be life-changing and benefit both individuals and communities.

The Engineering Access Program has graduated the most Indigenous engineers in Canada: 100 and counting.

In 2015 the U of M celebrated the 26th anniversary of the Annual Graduation Pow Wow, honouring the achievements of more than 350 Indigenous graduates.

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Photo: Ashley Richard (right) from the Asper School of Business received a 2014 Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award, which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Indigenous youth.

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.

Opened in 2014 on the Fort Garry campus, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation houses the collected stories of approximately 7,000 Residential School Survivors, elevating our province to a new level of understanding and progress.

The Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design Competition invited some of the world's top urban thinkers to reimagine the Fort Garry campus. A new master plan that builds connections with our landscape and strengthens relationships between our campus and community is expected in winter 2016.

The Taché Arts Complex will be a community hub for music, art and theatre while offering faculty and students a larger, more artistic environment in which to learn, rehearse, perform and create.


Photo: We are updating our physical infrastructure to enhance the quality of life of the communities we serve.

From here we collaborate

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

The U of M has graduated nearly 26,000 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 newly created 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 outlines our vision for a vibrant and sustainable urban campus in which to live, work, learn and play. The first new building will provide innovative space for the College of Nursing, Student Life services and an interprofessional clinic.

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Photo: Researchers in the Regenerative Medicine Program are pioneering this emerging field, harnessing the power of stem cells to treat disease.

From here we build character

Among the elite interuniversity athletic programs in Canada, Bison Sports boasts more than 360 athletes across nine disciplines: basketball, cross country, football, golf, hockey, soccer, swimming, track and field, and volleyball.

Bison teams have won 42 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) 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.

The Bison men's football team has more alumni on the rosters of professional sports teams than any other CIS team.

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Photo: The Bison women's volleyball team celebrates their 2014 CIS national championship win.

From here we add vitality

We encourage Manitobans to make life vibrant, rewarding and fun. More than 10,000 people use our recreation facilities each year.

In 2015 we opened the Active Living Centre on campus. With this new facility and the development of a healthy living course for first-year students, we plan to double student participation rates in sport and recreation activities on campus by 2018.

The new Active Living Centre offers over 100,000 square feet of space, 1,000 free weights and accessories, 160 pieces of cardio equipment, a 40-foot climbing wall, and a 200-metre elevated running track.

During the summer, more than 6,000 kids experience the University's facilities through Mini U programs, making it one of the largest children's camps in Canada.

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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 131 countries, there are 132,000 University of Manitoba alumni carving their own paths.

In 2014 six alumni were named to the Order of Manitoba and one – Harvey Max Chochinov [MD/83, PhD/98] – was named to the Order of Canada, securing their place in the history of our province and country.

Alumni and friends gave $26.6 million to the University in 2014-15, enhancing the education of current and future students.

The annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration of Excellence honours five alumni who have changed – and continue to transform – our communities and our world.

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Photo: 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients (left to right): Nick Logan [BA/71, BComm(Hons)/73], Tito Daodu [MD/13, BSc(Med)/13], Juliette (Archie) Cooper [BOT/79, MSc/82, PhD/87], Wayne Davies [BEd/91, PB DipEd/07], and Marion Meadmore, CM [LLB/77].

From here we see beyond

A new community engagement website has launched – – sharing stories and showing the impact University of Manitoba faculty and staff are making at home and around the globe.

The University hosted Open Doors, Open Knowledge in 2014, to celebrate transformational partnerships between our researchers and local businesses.

Manitobans learn and explore at our award-winning Visionary Conversations and Café Scientiques, connecting with researchers to debate issues of the day.

The research training program and community engagement initiative CREATE H20 educates Indigenous science and engineering students to help ensure safe water systems in northern and remote communities.

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Photo: Environmental technician Carmen Anderson (left) and Master of Civil Engineering student Vanja Karpisek analyze river water in Norway House as part of CREATE H20.

From here we make it possible

Extended Education offers courses for credit towards degrees, diplomas and certificates for those who want to advance their career, master a new language or learn for the sheer joy of it.

In 2014 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.

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Photo: Toni Hansen completed the Records and Information Management program through Continuing Education and connected with like-minded professionals who share her love of learning.

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 libraries we have more than 2.5 million print and electronic volumes, including roughly 723,000 e-books, and access to over 70,000 print and electronic journals. Through the libraries' digital collections, the public can access 75,000-plus images, letters, books, newspapers, video and sound recordings. The Winnipeg Tribune collection alone contains 2.5 million clippings.

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.

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Photo: Christopher Adams (left), St. Paul's College rector; Grace Kankindi, 2014 Emerging Leader recipient; and Reverend Richard Ludwick, chairperson, St. Paul's College Board of Governors.

From here we develop today's cures and tomorrow's technology

At the U of M you'll find 40 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 16th among Canada's top 50 research universities for attracting research grants and contracts.

We have developed or partnered with 50 research centres, institutes, facilities and groups that believe in collaborative research and scholarship.

In 2013-14, U of M research received $155.7 million in funding. As Manitoba's only research-intensive university, we contribute to our community's ongoing and future success.

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Photo: In 2014 professors Laura Loewen (left), Kiera Ladner and Esyllt Jones were elected into the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, which honours research excellence and scholarly accomplishment.

From here we innovate

The University's Transformational Partnerships approach supports the success of Manitoba companies through collaborative research and development partnerships. In 2014-15 the initiative enabled 22 collaborations resulting in more than $2 million in research 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.

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Photo: Asper MBA student and Exigence Technologies CEO Zach Wolff (left) and medical textiles researcher Song Liu are working together to bring to market antibacterial fabric for safer hospital stays.

From here we believe

Our donors know the University of Manitoba shares their vision of a better future. In 2014-15, outright gifts and pledges to the University totalled $37 million.

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

Our donors encourage our students to go further. In 2014-15 students received more than $11 million in awards, opening doors to new discoveries.

The impact of Front and Centre: The campaign for the University of Manitoba will reach far beyond our campus. Paul Soubry – U of M alumnus and CEO of New Flyer Industries – chairs the campaign, that will bolster our province and create opportunities for generations to come.

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Photo: During our first annual Week of Thanks, students, staff and researchers took time to recognize the incredible generosity of our donors and celebrate philanthropy in the community.

From here we show gratitude

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.

"These scholarships not only contributed to my financial well-being, but to my self-esteem, by giving me a sense of achievement and pride and motivating me to strive for excellence in my legal studies."

– Melissa R. Danish [LLB/06], Pitblado Scholar, 2004 & 2005

"An athletic scholarship helps me realize that all the work I put into sport and academics does not go unnoticed and is valued by our university and alumni."

– Jesse Paradis, third-year student in the Asper School of Business; forward, Bisons men's hockey

"The visionary generosity of the University's donors is giving Manitobans access to enhanced care and has helped us to build a tremendous team of researchers who are making significant contributions to the field."

– Peter Nickerson, professor of medicine and immunology

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Photo: More than 60 per cent of Desautels Faculty of Music students receive scholarships thanks to a $10-million endowment fund created by the faculty's namesake, Marcel A. Desautels.

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.

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

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


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 is on the cusp of economic growth that will lead to new jobs and opportunities.