Message from the President
Message from the President

David BarnardWhen I joined the University of Manitoba community in 2008, I was honoured to be part of a University that was striving to be the best it could be for those it served. The Strategic Planning Framework, approved in 2009 to guide our decision-making over the subsequent five years, provided a structure to help us shape a future that demonstrated our University at its best.

The directions we established were meant to answer the question, "What future are we choosing to create?" We 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.

A great deal has been accomplished that moves us toward these objectives, which is a credit to all members of our community. The engagement in developing this new plan has been extensive, and reflects not only the sincere willingness of our community to participate in the conversation about the future we are now choosing to create, but to take an active part in making it happen.

This plan builds on the 2009 Framework while taking into account what we have learned and experienced together over the last five years. Through the many conversations that have formed the basis of this plan, it has been clear that, although some refinement was needed, our community continues to support the kind of future we had articulated in 2009. I am confident in our collective ability to pursue the priorities, goals and supporting actions articulated in this Plan with energy and enthusiasm, intent on building bigger futures for our students, for our faculty and staff members, and for communities both close to home and around the world.

I would like to thank the members of the Strategic Planning Committee for their time, their dedication and their service on behalf of our University. I would particularly like to thank Dr. Joanne Keselman, Vice-President (Academic) and Provost, for her leadership of the Committee. Their work has resulted in a strategic plan that I believe will continue to shape our future as a great university.

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