Both by total student enrolment and campus area, the U of M is the largest university in the province of Manitoba
and the 17th-largest in all of Canada. Boasting dozens of faculties and hundreds of degree programs, its main campus is located in the Fort Garry
neighbourhood of southern Winnipeg
, with other campuses throughout the city. Along with the Fort Garry campus as its central hub, the University of Manitoba operates three other major locations: the Bannatyne Campus, the James W. Burns Executive Education Centre,
and the William Norrie Centre.
Additionally, the university also administers its French-language affiliate, Université de Saint-Boniface
in the Saint Boniface
ward of Winnipeg.
The University maintains a reputation as a top research-intensive post-secondary educational institution,
conducting more research annually than any other university in the region; its competitive academic and research programs have also consistently ranked among the top in the Canadian Prairies
. Research at the University of Manitoba has accordingly produced various world-renowned contributions, including the creation of canola oil
in the 1970s. Likewise, U of M alumni include Nobel Prize
recipients, Academy Award
winners, Order of Merit
recipients, and Olympic medalists
, among many others
. As of 2019, there have been 99 Rhodes Scholarship
recipients from the U of M, more than that of any other university in western Canada.
Moreover, the university has produced countless government figures, including provincial premiers
, Supreme Court justices
, and Members of Parliament
The University would add a number of colleges to its corporate and associative body since. In 1882, the Manitoba Medical College
, privately founded by physicians and surgeons, became a part of the University.
Six years later, in 1888, Wesley College
) became affiliated with the University as well.
The Bacteriological Research Building of the Manitoba Medical College would be designed by architect Charles Henry Wheeler in 1897,
while the Science Building, between 1899–1900 by architect George Creeford Browne.
In 1895, the University of Manitoba Act
was amended to give the denominational colleges the power to confer degrees in divinity. It would be amended again two years later in order to allow the Manitoba government to grant up to $60,000 for the University and a normal school
(i.e., a teaching college).
In contrast, Collège universitaire de St. Boniface has retained its affiliation with the U of Manitoba, though operating independently on its own campus in the St. Boniface
area of Winnipeg. Moreover, St. John’s, St. Paul’s, and St. Andrew’s College have continued their affiliated relationship with the U of M into the present day, and are housed on the University's Fort Garry campus.
The University would hold its first exams
on 27 May 1878, taken by a total of seven students, all from Manitoba College.
Two years later, the U of M conferred its first degree,
the recipient being Reginald William Gunn, a Métis
student of Manitoba College who graduated with honours
in Natural Sciences
In 1885, the University is approved by the federal government for up to 150,000 acres (610 km2
) of crown land
in Manitoba as an endowment.
In 1886, the U of M admitted its first woman student, Jessie Holmes, and in 1889, Holmes also became the University's first female graduate. In 1892, the Manitoba Medical College saw its first female graduate, Hattie Foxton, who passed her exams with first-class standing for Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery.
In 1897, the University of Manitoba Act
was amended in order to allow the Manitoba government to grant up to $60,000 for the University and a normal school
(i.e., a teaching college).
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
The Broadway location—as well as the current site of the Canadian Mennonite University
near Assiniboine Park
—was considered as a possible main campus. However, the University ultimately decided on its current site at Fort Garry in order to be near the Manitoba Agricultural College
, which, in 1911, began constructing the campus’ first buildings: Tache Hall, the Administration Building, and the Home Economics Building (now the Human Ecology Building), all completed in 1912.
Between 1911–12, the University conferred its first honorary degrees
, received by President of the University of Toronto Robert Alexander Falconer
and by Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba Daniel Hunter Macmillan
On 1 January 1913, James Alexander Maclean
became the first President of the University.
Also in 1913, the University officially moved to the site, where it began constructing some of its own buildings, including the Engineering building.
That year, the Departments of Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, French, and of German were established as well.
World War I
Robson Hall – Faculty of Law
In 1914, the Manitoba Law School
was founded by the U of M and the Law Society of Manitoba
as an affiliated college of the University. Officially opening on 3 October 1914, the School would have 123 students (including 5 women) and 21 academic staff in 1920.
On 23 April 1915, a Baccalaureate Address
was given at the end of the academic session for the first time in the University's history. In 1919, the U of Manitoba would found the first school of architecture
in all of western Canada.
In 1916, the Departments of Arts (including Mathematics) and Architecture, the Library
, and the administrative offices of the University were moved into the former Law Courts Building. Also that year, Englishman Frank E. Nuttall
became the first trained librarian
for the University.
In 1916, an Overseas Correspondence Club was established to write letters to UM students serving in England and France during the War, keeping them up-to-date in on University activities during their absence. At a March Faculty Council meeting in 1917, taking note of the Russian Revolution
, the Faculty ordered the sending of a congratulatory telegram to the Provisional Government of Russia
. The telegram was subsequently answered by Foreign Minister Pavel Milyukov
During this time, University enrollment reduced significantly due to military enlistment; students dropped from 925 in 1914–15 to 662 in 1916–17.
In 1918, the University's Board of Governors arranged for all men with a record of overseas service in the CEF, or who have served for a year or more in Canada, to receive full tuition remission in Arts and half tuition fees in Engineering, Architecture, Pharmacy, and Medicine. Also this year, the Spanish flu
epidemic and the subsequent ban on public meetings closed the University for several weeks from October 11 to December 2.
By the end of World War I on 11 November 1918, a total of 1160 students and 14 faculty/staff from the U of M enlisted; 123 were killed or died during the war; and 142 received military honors
Following the War, the University saw a large increase in enrolment, with 2,013 students enrolling in various degree and special courses in 1919.
By 1920, the University would be the largest university in the Canadian Prairies
and the fifth largest in Canada, with 1,654 male and 359 female students, as well as 184 academic staff (including 6 women). It had eight faculties: Arts, Science, Law, Medicine, Engineering, Architecture, Pharmacy, and Agriculture.
From 1920–21, the teaching faculty was reorganized, creating a General University Faculty Council and an individual Faculties in Arts & Science, Engineering, and Medicine. In 1921, William Tier was appointed as the first Dean of Arts & Science, and E.P. Fetherstonhaugh as the first Dean of Engineering.
In 1924, the University officially merged with the Manitoba Agricultural College through an act of the Manitoba legislature
. In the 1930s, the University moved its administrative offices to its Fort Garry campus,
where the Arts Building is completed in 1931. Also that year, St. Paul’s College
became affiliated with the University.
The Faculty of Education was established by the University in 1934.
The University established an Evening Institute in 1936.
In 1937, the University offers a Bachelor of Commerce
, to be awarded through the Faculty of Arts and Science, for the first time.
World War II
Between 1940 and 1941, the Canadian Army
took over the Fort Garry residence; all fit 18-year-old male students were required to take 6 hours per week in military training; and students above 21 years old receive two weeks of practical military training in a camp. Moreover, 90% of women students enrolled in a variety of courses to aid in the war, with auto mechanics
particularly proving to be a preferred course among the women. During this time, the Dean of Women
was Ursulla Macdonnell
In 1943, the first degrees for Bachelor of Science
in Pharmacy were conferred, replacing the diploma course for pharmacy. Also that year, the Senate established two new honorary degrees: Doctor of Science
(D. Sc.) and Doctor of Letters
(D. Litt.). Also around this time, the School of Social Work was established within the Faculty of Arts and Science.
In the 1944/45 academic year, the University's new Department of Music began providing arts and science students with elective courses in theory
at the Broadway location.
The University saw an influx of 3,125 War veterans in 1946, increasing registration to 9,514.
Later 20th century
In 1966, the Manitoba Law School would be fully incorporated into the University as the Faculty of Law
Responding to population pressure, the policy of university education would be initiated in the 1960s.
As result, in 1967, two of the colleges that had originally been part of the University of Manitoba were given university status of their own by the provincial government: United College, which had been formed by the merging of Wesley College
and Manitoba College
, would become the University of Winnipeg
; and Brandon College would become Brandon University
In 1968, the Manitoba Theatre Centre
and the U of M English Department combined to offer theatre courses at the University. In 1970, the Faculty of Arts and Science separated to form the individual Faculties of Arts and of Science.
Recent history and legacy
St. Boniface College
and St. John's College
, two of the founding colleges of the University, still remain part of the University of Manitoba. St. Boniface is the University's only French-language
college, offering instruction in French, as well as facilities for the training of teachers who expect to teach in the French language. St. John's, 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
. St. Andrew's College
today remains a home to a large Ukrainian cultural and religious library.
In 1999, the University launched Smartpark, a 100-acre research and technology park at the Fort Garry Campus.
On 28 February 2002, Canada Post issued 'University of Manitoba, 1877–2002' as part of the Canadian Universities series. The stamp was based on a design by Steven Slipp, based on photographs by Mike Grandmaison
and on an illustration by Bonnie Ross. The 48¢ stamps are perforated 13.5 and were printed by Ashton-Potter Canada Limited.
The administrative position of "Vice-President (Indigenous)" was established at the University in October 2019 to lead the development and implementation of Indigenous-focused initiatives, engagement, research, etc.
The University of Manitoba Act
The Act also established the corporation for the University's government, consisting of a Chancellor
and Vice-Chancellor with a Council. The Chancellor would be appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council
for a 3-year term, and the Council would consist of 7 representatives from each of its three affiliated college, 3 from the Convocation, and 1 from each of the two sections of the Board of Education
The governance of the University would be modeled on the provincial University of Toronto Act
(1906), which would establish a bicameral system
of university government consisting of a university council
(consisting of faculty), who are responsible for academic policy, and a board of governors
(consisting of citizens), who exercise exclusive control over financial policy and have formal authority in all other matters. The president of the University, appointed by the board, was to provide a link between the two bodies and to perform institutional leadership.
In 1895, the Act was amended to give the denominational colleges the power to confer degrees in divinity. It would be amended again two years later in order to allow the Manitoba government to grant up to $60,000 for the University and a normal school
(i.e., a teaching college).
Major revisions to the Act came in 1936, with changes including:
- Abolishment of the University Council, which was replaced with a remodeled body called the Senate that became in charge of all academic matters.
- The President becomes ex officio Vice-Chancellor and presiding officer at all University functions.
- The method of electing the Chancellor is changed with the responsibility being vested in a committee comprising the Board of Governors, Senate, and 6 alumni delegates.
- The Office of Bursar is abolished and replaced by a Comptroller with enlarged powers.
U of M Fort Garry Campus
U of M University Centre
The main Fort Garry
campus (66 Chancellors Circle, on the Red River
in south Winnipeg) comprises over 60 major teaching and research buildings of the University and sits on over 280 hectares (690 acres) of land.
Among these buildings, 33 are used for teaching, of which 4 are colleges: St. John's College
, St. Paul's College
, St. Andrew's College
, and University College. The remaining buildings include laboratories, administrative and service offices, a research complex, and residences.
U of M Administration Building
In 2013, the University of Manitoba sponsored an urban planning design competition
to plan an extension to the Fort Garry Campus. The goal is to improve the general campus experience and guide future growth of parking citation revenue by establishing an urban framework for housing, university buildings and the associated public transportation in the area. The winning design submission was from Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc. (Toronto) and Cibinel Architects Ltd. (Winnipeg) with Landmark Planning & Design Inc. (Winnipeg) and ARUP Canada Inc. (Toronto).
The William Norrie Centre
on 485 Selkirk Avenue is the U of Manitoba campus for the "Inner City Social Work Program" of the Faculty of Social Work
. The program is designed for low-income mature students
(21 years or older) living in Winnipeg
who have inner-city
volunteer experience and are in need of academic support.
The Faculty of Social Work also has a Bachelor's
program—the Northern Social Work Program
—in Thompson, Manitoba
, as an extension of the Faculty on the Fort Garry campus.
Located at the Glenlea Research Station's National Centre for Livestock and the Environment is the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre
. This Centre is a hands-on facility that allows visitors to explore the ways in which food is made in Canada. The Centre does so through interactive hands-on displays about each aspect of food production—from farming to the marketing, retailing, and eating of food.
Covering 406 acres (164 ha), the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm
is a farm research facility operated by the Department of Plant Science in Carman, Manitoba
, located 70 km (43 mi) south of Winnipeg.
The site also includes the U of M Carman and Region Facility
, a teaching, research and extension centre that serves the community; amenities include a wet lab
, seed lab and cleaning equipment, computer facilities, and classrooms for teaching and extension programs.
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and UM Bannatyne Campus
The University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus
is a complex of ten buildings in central Winnipeg belonging to the university's health sciences branch.
Located about 13 kilometers north of the Fort Garry site, this campus is adjoined to the west of Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre
(HSC), between McDermot and William Avenue.
The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
was established to consolidate the university's health education community into a more unified body.
The Rady Faculty consists of several health sciences departments, including the Max Rady College of Medicine
, the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry,
the College of Rehabilitation Sciences,
and the College of Pharmacy,
as well as the College of Nursing, although it still remains on the Fort Garry campus.
Departments and facilities
The College of Pharmacy, originally located at Fort Garry, moved to the Bannatyne campus on 16 October 2008 with the opening of the 95,000 sq ft (8,800 m2
) Apotex Centre
The Faculty of Pharmacy Apotex Centre is detached from the rest of the Bannatyne complex, located right across from the main entrance of the Brodie Centre.
First established at the University in 1914 as the Department of Pharmacy, it was created to take over the work of the affiliated Manitoba College of Pharmacy.
The Dental Building is the westernmost building of the entire campus, housing the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry. The College encompasses the entirety of dental education offered at the U of M, including the School of Dental Hygiene
Although the College of Nursing also belongs to the consolidated Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, it remains on the Fort Garry campus until additional facilities can be built at Bannatyne.
The Max Rady College of Medicine
The Max Rady College of Medicine
has 27 academic departments found throughout the Bannatyne campus, the Health Sciences Centre
, and other Winnipeg health sciences facilities.
Each department is involved in teaching, research, service and clinical activities with an academic staff of approximately 1,630 faculty members.
The college also consists of several centres, institutes, and research groups, often in partnership with other health sciences organizations.
Max Rady College of Medicine Centres, Institutes, & Research Groups
The University maintains a reputation as a top research-intensive post-secondary educational institution,
conducting more research annually than any other university in the region; its competitive academic and research programs have also consistently ranked among the top in the Canadian Prairies
. Research at the U of M has accordingly produced various world-renowned contributions, including the creation of canola oil
in the 1970s, as well as the discovery of a treatment for and control of Rh hemolytic disease
The University holds 48 Canada Research Chairs
and is either home to or a partner in 37 different research centres, institutes, and shared facilities. These centres foster collaborative research and scholarship.
The U of M is the network leader of Intelligent Sensing for Innovative Structures
(ISIS) Canada, headquartered at the Faculty of Engineering. As a National Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE), ISIS Canada develops better ways to build, repair, and monitor civil structures. The University is also a member of 13 other NCEs.
The Centre for Defence and Security Studies at the U of M has a research, teaching, and outreach program designed to advance knowledge, understanding and debate in Canada on defence and security issues.
In 2007–08, the University acquired more than CA$
150 million in research income.
The first issue of Mosaic: A Journal for the Comparative Study of Literature & Ideas
was published by the U of M in the fall of 1967.
It is the primary research and technology park in Manitoba.
Launched in 1999, opening its first facility in 2002, Smartpark today has at least 9 buildings comprising 9.5 acres (410,000 sq ft) of research facilities across the park.
The mandate of the park is carried out by the Smartpark Development Corporation
, a subsidiary
corporation of the U of M with its own Board of Directors.
The university has a total enrolment of approximately 26,000 students in 24 faculties. Most academic units offer graduate studies programs leading to master's or doctoral degrees. The University of Manitoba ranked 14th in Maclean's
Medical/Doctoral university category, tied with the University of Saskatchewan
The Medical/Doctoral category ranks Canadian universities that are research-intensive.
In 2015, the University dissolved its Faculty of Human Ecology, whose departments were then joined with those of other faculties. The Faculty began in 1910 as merely a diploma in Household Sciences at the Manitoba Agricultural College, eventually becoming the School of Home Economics in 1943. The School gained official faculty status in 1970, and changed its name to Human Ecology in 1981.
The University of Manitoba provides various services to urban and rural Indigenous people
The U of M Department of Native Studies is the oldest such unit in western Canada
Indigenous Elders are present on campus at Migizii Agamik
(Bald Eagle Lounge), the University's Indigenous Centre, to provide social supports.
On 2 June 2017, Indigenous knowledge and guidance became a formally-recognized part of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences with the creation of Ongomiizwin
, the largest Indigenous education
and health unit in Canada in terms of scope and mandate.
Tutoring services are available within the University's Medicine, Engineering,
and Social Work ACCESS Programs. Many of the Indigenous Access programs include summer courses that bring new Indigenous students to campus before the start of the school year for campus orientation sessions. The University also connects with First Nations communities
to talk to potential students at a much younger age through Curry Biz Camp, which fosters entrepreneurship among young First Nations
Libraries, Museums, and Archives
The Anthropology Laboratory Museum at the U of M collects, inventories, and displays artifacts including cartographic materials, prints, drawings, and textual records from the Manitoba Region. The Human History collection includes archaeological and ceremonial objects, and weapons. The Natural Sciences artifacts include biological, zooarchaeological, aquatic, Earth Science, Geological and Paleontological Collections.
The main art gallery on campus is "School of Art Gallery."
Other art galleries include: Arch II, Faculty of Architecture, Dr. Paul H. T. Thorlakson
Gallery, Icelandic Collection, Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Gallery of Student Art (GOSA), and University Centre.
- Albert D. Cohen Management Library
- Architecture/Fine Arts Library
- Archives & Special Collections, (incl. Rare Book Room), established in 1978;
- Donald W. Craik Engineering Library
- Eckhardt Gramatté Music Library
- E.K. Williams Law Library
- Elizabeth Dafoe Library
- Faculty of Medicine Archives (incl. the Ross Mitchell Rare Book Room)
- Father Harold Drake Library (St. Paul's College)
- Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library
- Sciences and Technology Library
- St. John's College Library
- William R. Newman Library
- WRHA Virtual Library
University governance and administration
The governance of the U of M is defined by The University of Manitoba Act
As per the Act, the University is governed through a bicameral system
, consisting of two separate governing bodies: the Senate
, the academic body responsible for academic matters (including policy); and a Board of Governors
, the governing body who exercises exclusive control over financial policy and have formal authority in all other matters.
Andrew Knox Dysart served as Chancellor from 1944 to 1952.
As the titular head
of the University, the Chancellor confers all degrees, is a member of both the Board of Governors and the Senate, and acts as a University ambassador when needed.
Since its establishment, the U of Manitoba has had fourteen chancellors in total. However, following the first chancellor, between 1904 and 1908, no successor was appointed by the Government.
Board of Governors
The UM Board of Governors is the governing body of the University, overseeing the administrative and business affairs of the University. It exercises exclusive control over financial policy and have formal authority in all other matters,
as well as having the authority to decide on all matters that are not reserved to Senate.
The first Board of Governors was created in 1917 with The University Amendment Act
The Board of Governors is composed of 23 members:
- 12 members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, of whom 3 must be students of the University;
- 3 members elected by UM graduates from among UM graduates;
- 3 members elected by the Senate from among members of the Senate;
- 3 students of the University appointed by the University of Manitoba Students' Union;
- The University President
- The University Chancellor.
It is required to make an annual report to Manitoba's Lieutenant Governor in Council and send it to the Minister of Education
. The Board also has the power to appoint President, Vice-presidents, Deans, the Librarian, Comptroller, and members of academic staff.
, as per the University of Manitoba Act
, is the University of Manitoba's senior academic governing body, and has authority over academic matters.
The Senate was established in 1936 to replace the University council
in order to provide more equal representation between faculties and the affiliated colleges.
- the President/Vice-Chancellor, who is the Chair of the Senate;
- the Chancellor;
- University Secretary, who is the Secretary of Senate;
- the Vice-Presidents of the University, with the Vice-President (Academic) as Vice Chair of the Senate;
- the dean of each UM faculty;
- the director or each school of the University that has a school council;
- the UM Director of Libraries (i.e., Vice-Provost of Libraries);
- the dean or director of students affairs (i.e., Vice-Provost of Students);
- the head of each constituent or member college;
- the vice-deans of the Faculty of Arts and Science;
- 2 persons "appointed by the board from amongst its members other than those who are otherwise members of the senate;"
- 28 persons "elected by, and from amongst, the students of the university," as well as the president of the University of Manitoba Students' Union;
- 2 members of the board of directors of the alumni association appointed by that board;
- the head of each affiliated college
- the persons elected under section 27 of the U of M Act; and
- members at large appointed under section 27(4) of the Act.
The President of the University of Manitoba is appointed by the University's Board of Governors and is ex officio
The Office of the President was established as position that provides a link between the two bodies and to perform institutional leadership.
Since its establishment, the University has had 12 presidents in total, including:
Vice presidents and provosts
The Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
is the University's senior academic officer
, with responsibility for providing academic vision at the University and leadership in all matters relating to students and academic staff. This office also oversees matters of human resource and immigration related to the University of Manitoba. The current Provost and Vice-President (Academic) is Dr. Janice Ristock, who was appointed in 2016.
The Deputy Provost (Academic Planning and Programs)
is responsible for the "processes by which new academic programs are introduced, current programs are modified or discontinued, and professional academic programs are assessed by accreditation agencies."
The Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs)
is responsible for matters related to academic staff, including hiring, tenure
, promotion, discipline, faculty development, and leaves
due to research study.
The Vice-Provost (Students)
looks over matters related to the enhancement of student life and the student experience at the University, as well as student recruitment, retention
, and success. This office accordingly has senior leadership responsibility for units within Enrolment Services, the Registrar’s Office, Student Engagement and Success, and Student Support.
Other Vice-Provosts include Health Sciences, Teaching and Learning, and Libraries, who is ex officio
U of M heads of academic units, as of February 2021
Notable instructors (past and present)
- Reg Alcock: former President of the Treasury Board of Prime Minister Paul Martin's Liberal cabinet
- Robert Archambeau: ceramic artist, Governor General's Award winner
- Arthur Henry Reginald Buller FRSC FRS: mycologist
- Patricia Churchland and Paul Churchland, former Professors of Philosophy: known for the school of eliminative materialism
- Jean Friesen, former Deputy Premier and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs of Manitoba Premier Gary Doer's NDP cabinet
- Aniruddha M. Gole: IEEE Fellow
- Frank Hawthorne FRSC, Professor of Mineral Sciences
- Larry Hurtado, Professor of Early Christianity and New Testament Languages (1975-1996): founding director of the Institute of the Humanities (1990-1992)
- Guy Maddin, former professor: film director
- Nathan Mendelsohn, Professor of Mathematics
- H. Clare Pentland, Professor of Economics
- Zalman Schachter-Shalomi: pioneer of the Jewish Renewal Movement
- Arthur Schafer: prominent ethicist, director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics
- Carol Shields: Pulitzer Prize-winning author
- Vaclav Smil: energy systems scientist and policy analyst
- Peter St John, 9th Earl of Orkney, former Professor of Political Studies, now a senior scholar
- Fernando de Toro, professor and dean
- H. C. Wolfart, Professor of Linguistics
The academic staff are represented by two unions. The professors are represented by the University of Manitoba Faculty Association
who applied to the Manitoba Labor Relations Board for certification as a union on 1 February 1973.
(Professors at the Faculty of Dentistry are represented by the University of Manitoba Dental Clinical Staff Association.)
Sessional instructors and teaching assistants, on the other hand, are represented by the CUPE
The support staff are divided among many unions. The support staff and the campus security are represented by the AESES
though the support staff at the Faculty of the Engineering are represented by CUPE Local 1482.
All outside workers are represented by the CAW
Alumni and student life
The administrative office that is officially charged with enhancing student life and the student experience at the U of M is the Vice-Provost (Students), who has senior leadership responsibility for units within Enrolment Services, the Registrar’s Office, Student Engagement and Success, and Student Support.
The University has approximately 27,000 students—24,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate. It offers over ninety degrees, including more than sixty at the undergraduate
level. Most academic units offer graduate studies programs leading to master's or doctoral degrees.
The school theme song, Brown and Gold
, was recorded by the University of Manitoba Band at CJRC
radio station in 1939, and was written by W. J. MacDonald with lyrics written by Charles McCullough.
, founded in 1914 as a semi-monthly University journal, is the university newspaper
. In 1934, the University of Manitoba Quarterly
was replaced by the Alumni Journal
. In 1938, the Arts Student Body began publishing the Manitoba Arts Review
, a journal of academic articles written primarily by UM students and faculty. In 1947, a new literature and art magazine called Creative Campus
made its way under the editorship of Alvin Goldman.
On 15 March 1923, the University’s Extension Department launched its University Hour
radio program, a series of lectures presented by UM faculty members over an 11-week period. The program was broadcast by the Manitoba Government Telephone System to the Canadian prairie provinces
and 8 adjoining American states. In January 1968, the University's TV program A View of Our Own
premiered on CBC,
and was aimed at students in the 15-23 age bracket.
As of 2010, there have been 96 Rhodes Scholars
from the University of Manitoba, more than from any other university in Western Canada.
Student groups and representation
The students at the university 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. The University of Manitoba Graduate Students' Association (UMGSA) also represents over 3,000 graduate students at the University of Manitoba. The UMGSA is guided by its vision, goals and governing documents, all of which focus on promoting and providing graduate student advocacy, offering services and support to students, as well as developing and encouraging involvement in the graduate student community.
Students can participate in the University of Manitoba Orchestra.
Athletics and recreation
The University offers recreational programs year-round. Athletic facilities on campus include the Frank Kennedy Centre, Max Bell Centre
, the Investor's Group Athletic Centre
, and IG Field
, which opened in 2013 to replace University Stadium
. The first three facilities contain indoor tracks, a swimming pool, work-out facilities, and an international ice hockey rink, as well as basketball, volleyball, squash, and racquetball courts. In addition, the Frank Kennedy Centre also hosts dance, combat and gymnastics rooms, and indoor tennis courts.
The University held its first track
meet in the early fall of 1914 with the University of North Dakota
on the Winnipeg Exhibition
Grounds. With U of M being victorious, the meet would be thought of as a success and the universities decide to make it an annual event. In 1979, UM student Jan Madden
equals the world record in the 300-yard track-and-field event.
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