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|Motto||Lux et Veritas Floreant|
Motto in English
|Let Light and Truth Flourish|
|Established||1871 Manitoba College. Subsequent names, Wesley College (1881), United College (1938), and now, The University of Winnipeg (1967–present)|
|Location||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Sports team||Winnipeg Wesmen|
|Affiliations||AUCC, IAU, ATS, U Sports, CWUAA, UArctic, Campus Manitoba, CUP, Gallery 1C03|
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 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.
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.
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.
As a university in the downtown of a large urban centre, the University of Winnipeg has attracted $217 million in new investments and is playing a significant role in the downtown renewal. Most of the renewal has occurred through The University of Winnipeg Renewal Corporation. A wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the University of Winnipeg. Its mandate is to build downtown Winnipeg by partnering with the community, and to utilize funds raised and transferred from the University to develop the urban community of Winnipeg and to generate a third stream of revenue for the University. The University's president sits as Chair of the corporation and is fully informed of, and participates in, its business partnerships. The "innovative structure" of the corporation is the only one of its kind in Canada, and allows the corporation to avoid being governed by the strictures of University governance. The corporation is particularly notable as it 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, for example, include the newly renovated Asper Centre for Theatre and Film, a new western campus with two LEED Silver buildings has added significant capacity to campus and includes the state-of-the-art Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex, a student and community daycare facility and a new student residence. The UNITED Health and RecPlex opened in 2014, creating a hub for recreation and wellness programs for students and the community. A new mixed use 14-storey apartment complex for students and the community across from the Bay downtown began construction in 2015. The financial statements of the corporation are not publicly available under public disclosure legislation. It draws its operating funds entirely from the University budget ([www.uwinnipeg.ca]
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.
Students at the University are represented by the University of Winnipeg Students' Association. CKUW is the student radio station based out of the University of Winnipeg. The Uniter is the campus newspaper. The Janitors are represented by AESES [aeses.ca]
The University of Winnipeg offers several programs and services to Aboriginal people. It is the first University to mandate that all students take a course in aboriginal history as part of their degree. 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. 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 a seamless admission process 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 Axplex"), named after Lloyd Axworthy, adjacent to the Duckworth Centre that provides indoor soccer services and smoothies.
The brainchild of President Emeritus Henry E. Duckworth, a 25-ton granite boulder was placed on the front lawn of The University of Winnipeg on 7 October 1971. The Rock of Remembrance commemorates the 100th anniversary of Manitoba College, a founding college of what is now The University of Winnipeg.
The University of Winnipeg's Great Rock Climb celebrates endurance and ingenuity.[promotional language] Teams of three students, faculty, staff, or alumni raced down the 50.3 metres (165 ft) from the steps of Wesley Hall to the top of the Great Rock in a test of physical stamina and defiance of earthly gravity.
The all-time record was set in 1979 by the Collegiate team when the trio reached the top in 9.8 seconds. Renovations during the summer of 2007 have significantly slowed the event, with a new record set in 2007 by The Caravaners, consisting of members Ian Scott, Drew Hawranik, and Alex Edye. 2008 and 2009 were repeat performances by The Caravaners, who become the only trio to win the competition in three consecutive years. They recorded a time of 15.19 seconds which became the current record for the event with a renovated front lawn.
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