How far can we go?

2014 Facts and Figures

University of Manitoba

At the University of Manitoba, we put our province and its people front and centre. Here, we don't bend to forces of nature or circumstance; we innovate around them. In the classroom, in the community and at the frontlines 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 can go anywhere.

Academic Units

From here we define ourselves

The University of Manitoba has thrived for over 137 years as a place where students come to learn and be inspired. We offer more than 100 programs and most of our academic departments have graduate studies leading to master's or doctoral degrees.


From here we evolve

In March 2013, the university opened the Nellie Cournoyea Arctic Research Facility in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources. The $15-million facility — with its 60,000 square-feet of specialized laboratories, state-of-the-art instruments and classrooms — supports the work of top scientists in Arctic climate change research.

Many of the province's future health professionals learn their craft at the Bannatyne campus. Located in downtown Winnipeg, adjacent to the Health Sciences Centre, the nine-building complex focuses on health science education and research in dentistry, dental hygiene, medicine, medical rehabilitation and pharmacy.

The 2014 Bannatyne Campus Master Plan will outline our vision for a vibrant and sustainable urban campus to live, work, learn and play. Interprofessional collaboration across disciplines heightens the education of students today and benefits the patients of tomorrow.

By the Numbers

From here we share a unique experience

Staff (2012-13 fiscal year)

8,716 total

4,754 academic staff

3,962 support staff

Students (Fall term 2013)

29,759 total

25,363 undergraduate students

3,748 graduate students

13 per cent of students are international,
representing 104 countries.

$604 million operating budget (2013-14)

Student Success

From here we shine

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

Ninety-seven students have been awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to date — more than any other university in western Canada.

Since 1995, the Asper School of Business has dominated international business planning competitions with more than 50 first-place wins.

The Engineering Access Program has graduated the most Aboriginal engineers in Canada: 94 and counting.


From here we celebrate who we are

Every year, the University of Manitoba welcomes more than 2,000 First Nations, Metis and Inuit students, including over 150 graduate students — one of the largest Indigenous student bodies in the country.

Migizii Agamik — Bald Eagle Lodge is a culturally rich, environmentally-sustainable place of pride for Indigenous students, faculty and staff, welcoming all nations to share experiences and learn from one another.

More than 140 of our researchers study issues relating to Indigenous peoples and cultures, bringing us closer to being a better Canada.

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


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, encouraging 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, religion and the arts through more than 200 student groups, events and experiential education opportunities. In 2013, we launched new leadership programs, empowering students to create positive change.

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

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.

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.


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

At the U of M you'll find 46 Canada Research Chairs — the country's top experts in their fields — and the only Canada Excellence Research Chair in Arctic Geomicrobiology and Climate Change.

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Our researchers are making contributions that have a global impact. The U of M ranks 15th among Canada's top 50 research universities.

In 2013, the University of Manitoba launched the Transformational Partnerships initiative, a unique approach connecting researchers and industry to more efficiently bring Manitoba-made products to market.

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In 2012-13, U of M research received $136.8 million in funding. As Manitoba's only research-intensive university, we contribute to our community's ongoing and future success.

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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From here we build pride and community spirit

Set to open in 2015, the new Active Living Centre will provide the community with not only a state-of the-art fitness facility, but also research opportunities to help all Manitobans create healthier lifestyles.

We encourage Manitobans to make life vibrant, rewarding and fun. More than 7,800 students and I,000 staff and members of the public — from young kids to seniors — use our recreation facilities each year.


From here we learn to lead

More than 131,000 University of Manitoba alumni in 131 countries are carving their own paths across the globe.

Nine U of M alumni were named to the Order of Canada and five were inducted into the Order of Manitoba, securing their place in the history of our province and country.

Seven alumni received Aboriginal Circle of Educators awards, which celebrate the work of educators and allies.

Alumni and friends gave almost $10 million to the university, enriching the education of current and future students.

Learn how U of M alumni inspire

Ovide Mercredi
Chau Pham
David Matas
John Bockstael
Bruce Miller

From here we believe

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 32 new scholarships or fellowships, five prizes and 25 bursaries, for a total of 62 new awards.

Marjory McLean

Alumna Marjory McLean [Ba/42] established an endowment fund for entrance scholarships in celebration of the 70th anniversary of her graduation from the Faculty of Arts. With a $42,000 gift she set up the Wilding-McLean Entrance Scholarship in Arts. A day later, her son David [BSc(Med)/1971, MD/1971] surprised her by matching her gift — a testament that generosity can be a family affair. Together, this mother and son are opening the door for students to pursue their education goals. Marjory knows firsthand the opportunities a scholarship can hold, having received two when she was a student more than a half century ago.

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Community Engagement

From here we see beyond

With the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the CBC, we bring together world experts for Fragile Freedoms: the Global Struggle for Human Rights. The lecture series is establishing Winnipeg as a leading centre of debate and discussion for human rights and global justice.

The U of M participates in close to 200 initiatives focused on Winnipeg's inner city, partnering with community members and organizations to improve the lives of the families who live there.

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

We host H2O CREATE, a research training program educating Indigenous science and engineering students to help ensure safe water systems in northern and remote communities.

Manitobans learn and explore at our award-winning Visionary Conversations series and our Café Scientifiques, connecting with researchers to debate issues that matter.

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Visionary Conversations

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From here we put our province front and centre

Every $1 the U of M spends generates $1.85 for the Manitoba economy. We develop our province's business, community and government leaders.

The majority of our graduates — 80 per cent — apply for work in Manitoba after graduation, becoming the drivers of cultural, social and economic prosperity throughout the province.

The university contributes $1.8 billion annually to our province's economic activity, building a better future for Manitobans.