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|1871 Manitoba College. Subsequent names, Wesley College (1881), United College (1938), and now, The University of Winnipeg (1967–present)|
|Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
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The University of Winnipeg (UWinnipeg) is a public university in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada that offers undergraduate faculties of art, business and economics, education, science and kinesiology and applied health as well as graduate programs. UWinnipeg's founding colleges were Manitoba College and Wesley College, which merged to form United College in 1938. The University of Winnipeg was established in 1967 when United College received its charter. The governance was modeled 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 a link between the bodies to perform institutional leadership.
Maclean's magazine and The Globe and Mail newspaper consistently rank the university in the top fifteen of all Canadian universities whose primary focus is undergraduate education in the category of student satisfaction. In 2013 the U of W ranked 13th out of 19 primarily undergraduate institutions.
The U of W's founding colleges were Manitoba College, 1871, and Wesley College, 1888, which merged to form United College in 1938. In 1967, United College received a charter and became the University of Winnipeg. George Creeford Browne (architect) & S. Frank Peters designed Wesley Hall (1894–5), which is now part of the University of Winnipeg.
The University of Winnipeg was established on 1 July 1967 when United College received its charter. United College was formed in 1938 from the union of Manitoba College, founded in 1871, and Wesley College, founded in 1888. Originally affiliated with the University of Manitoba, United College received its charter in 1967 and became the University of Winnipeg.
Wesley Hall is a stone-clad brick structure built in 1894–95 and is on the Registry of Historic Places of Canada. It is located on 515 Portage Ave. near Portage Place Mall.
The Buhler Centre was constructed to house the Faculty of Business and Economics, as well as PACE (Professional, Applied and Continuing Education), a division of the University of Winnipeg. The doors to the Buhler Centre opened September 2010. Designed by PSA+DPA+DIN collective a collaborative effort between Peter Sampson Architecture Studio inc, David Penner Architect, and DIN Projects. The Buhler Centre also houses the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art and Stella's Cafe on the main floor.
The Institute for stained glass in Canada has documented the stained glass at the University of Winnipeg.
In 2008, the university announced that Raymond L. McFeetors, Chairman of The Great West Life Assurance Company, had donated $2.67 Million for a dormitory to be built on newly acquired property west of the campus. The money came from his personal resources and from Great West Life.
Campus development, by the University of Winnipeg, is headed by The University of Winnipeg Renewal Corporation (UWCRC), "a not-for-profit charitable corporation, spearheads and manages campus development." The UWCRC is a not-for-profit subsidiary of the University of Winnipeg and works to achieve environmental, social, economic and cultural sustainability. Their mandate is to "apply [the UWCRC's] values, skills, competencies, and experience to non-University specific economic development activities. [UWCRC] is mandated to develop wholly owned or joint-venture real estate developments and to provide development, project management and property management services to other post-secondary institutions, non-profit organizations and First Nations clients."
The University President sits as the chair of the corporation and participates in its business partnerships.
The structure of the UWCRC is unique in Canada as it allows the corporation to avoid being governed by the strictures of university governance. The corporation serves as "a primary engine for the redevelopment of Winnipeg’s downtown", a task traditionally undertaken by government and the private sector, and not educational institutions.
Recent initiatives include the newly renovated Asper Centre for Theater and Film, Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex, The Axworthy Health and RecPlex, McFeetors Hall (a new student residence) and the UWSA Daycare. A new mixed use 14-story apartment complex for students and the community began construction in 2015.
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Students and faculty
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Centres and Institutes
- Centre for Academic Writing (CAW)
- Centre for Distributed / Distance Learning (CDDL)
- Centre for Forest Interdisciplinary Research (C-FIR)
- Centre for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL)
- Centre for Learning and Secular Society (CLASS)
- Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures (CRYTC)
- Centre for Rupert's Land Studies
- Centre for Sustainable Transportation
- Institute of Urban Studies
- Institute for Women's and Gender Studies
- India Centre for Academic, Business, and Community Excellence
- Masters of Arts in Cultural Studies
- Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance
- Master of Arts in Environmental, Resource, and Developmental Economics (ERDE)
- Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (as of Fall 2018)
- Master of Science in Applied Computer Science and Society
- Master of Science in Bioscience, Technology and Public Policy
- Master’s in Development Practice: Indigenous Development
- Master’s in Management: Technology, Innovation and Operations.
Master in Sacred Theology and Master of Arts Spiritual Disciplines & Ministry Practices are under review. Applications are not currently being accepted by the University of Winnipeg.
Joint Programs with the University of Manitoba
- Master of Arts in History
- Master of Public Administration
- Master of Arts in Religious Studies
- Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies
- The Higher Education Teaching Certificate
- The Postgraduate Professional Skills Certificate
The University of Winnipeg offers several programs and services to Aboriginal people. It is the first university to mandate that all students take an Indigenous course requirement as part of their degree. The course was added by the University of Winnipeg in support and compliance with the recommendations by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
The University of Winnipeg offers a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies with a master's degree in Indigenous Governance. The University of Winnipeg provides special first-year bridging programs for Aboriginal students. Academic counsellors, tutors, and Aboriginal Elders are present on campus to provide academic and social supports, as offered by The Aboriginal Student Services Center (ASSC) on campus.
Through its Wii Chiiwaaknak Learning Centre, Eco-Kids Program and Eco-U Summer Camp services, the University of Winnipeg actively partners with Aboriginal communities. The University of Winnipeg is now offering the only master's degree in Development Practice with a focus on Indigenous Development in the world, joining a network of 22 prestigious universities globally with support from the MacArthur Foundation.
In 2012, the university named broadcaster Wab Kinew as its first Director of Aboriginal Inclusion, a position designed to oversee the expansion of culturally inclusive outreach efforts and program development in First Nations education.
The Collegiate at The University of Winnipeg is an on-site high school that offers Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 programs. It is an independent school and a division of The University of Winnipeg. It offers an admission process intended to accelerate admission into first year university for Collegiate Students. As of 2012, there are 353 students at The Collegiate.
The Collegiate was created within Wesley College in 1873. At the time it was the only secondary school in Manitoba.
The university is represented in U Sports by the Winnipeg Wesmen in volleyball, basketball, soccer, wrestling, as well as baseball. The U of W built a new field house (" The RecPlex"), named after Lloyd Axworthy, adjacent to the Duckworth Centre that provides indoor soccer services and smoothies.
Museum, Archives and Gallery
The Anthropology Museum, which is part of the Anthropology Department at U of W holds collections in ethnology, archaeology, primatology and hominid osteology which support research, teaching and public service functions.
The University of Winnipeg Archives preserves and provides access to the records of the University of Winnipeg, as well as aspects of Manitoba history relevant to research at the University of Winnipeg, including social justice and human rights.
Gallery 1C03 is the campus art gallery, located in Centennial Hall. The mission of the gallery is to, "engage diverse communities through the development and presentation of contemporary and historical art exhibitions and related programming initiatives." The gallery shows Manitoban, Canadian as well as international artists. The gallery also works to develop, preserve and present the university's art collection.
The University of Winnipeg is a provincially and privately funded post-secondary institution with undergraduate and a growing number of graduate programs including Canada's only master's degree in development practice with a focus on Indigenous development, as well as a professional, applied and continuing education and a high school division.
It has had seven presidents since 1967 and Patrick Deane as an acting president for one school year.
- Wilfred Lockhart (1967–1971)
- Henry Duckworth (1971–1981)
- Robin Farquhar (1981–1989)
- Marsha Hanen (1989–1999)
- Constance Rooke (1999–2003)
- Patrick Deane (2003–2004; acting president)
- Lloyd Axworthy (2004 – August 2014)
- Annette Trimbee (August 2014 – present)
- A. Gerald Bedford 'The University of Winnipeg: A History of the Founding Colleges' (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1976)
- Friesen, Gerald. "Principal J. H. Riddell: The Sane and Safe Leader of Wesley College." In Prairie Spirit: Perspectives on the Heritage of the United Church of Canada in the West, edited by Dennis L. Butcher, et al. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1985.
The Great Rock Climb
The University of Winnipeg has held their annual UWinnipeg Duckworth Great Rock Climb for over 67 years. The rock climb is traditionally held at the beginning of classes each year, on the front lawn of Portage Commons. The competition involves teams of three racing from Wesley Hall to the granite boulder monument on campus. The team to run and climb the rock the fastest wins. The fastest record was made at 9.4 seconds in 1979.
- Ida Albo – businessperson
- Lloyd Axworthy – politician and former UW President, Nobel prize nominee
- Tom Axworthy – Canadian Civil Servant
- Omar Zakhilwal – Afghan Finance Minister as well as the Chief Economic Advisor to the President of Afghanistan
- David Bergen – Award-winning author (B.Ed. 1985)
- Bill Blaikie – New Democratic Member of Parliament and provincial cabinet minister
- Margaret Bloodworth – National Security Advisor (BA 1970)
- Ruby Dhalla – Liberal Member of Parliament
- Jaimie Isaac - artist and curator
- Chantal Kreviazuk – singer/songwriter
- Margaret Laurence – Canadian novelist and short-story writer
- Guy Maddin – film director
- Don Newman – Award-winning journalist
- John Paskievich – film director and photographer
- Howard Pawley – former Premier of Manitoba
- Fred Penner – children's entertainer
- Susan Thompson – former mayor of Winnipeg
- Brad Roberts – pop singer, Crash Test Dummies
- Bill Richardson – CBC radio host
- Erfan Nasajpour – professional basketball player
- Andrea Slobodian – reporter
- Sonia Sui – a model and actress in Taiwan
- Lois Wilson – first female Moderator of the United Church of Canada
- Vic Toews – Former Conservative MP and held different positions in Cabinet, Manitoba Judge
- Michael Weinrath, founding chair (2004 to 2012) of Criminal Justice and Interdisciplinary Criminology, inaugural director (2013) of the Justice Research Institute
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