The Mission and Vision of the University of Manitoba
Universities serve society by contributing to: the development of an educated and enlightened population, capable of informed judgment and responsible citizenship; the availability of persons who have the knowledge, skills and adaptability required by public and private enterprise, or by individuals seeking professional service; and the advancement of knowledge, skill and human creativity. It is within this context that the University of Manitoba has articulated the following statement concerning its mission, goals, distinctive role and accountability.
The mission of the University of Manitoba is to create, preserve and communicate knowledge and, thereby, contribute to the cultural, social and economic well-being of the people of Manitoba, Canada and the world.
In fulfilling its mission, the University of Manitoba seeks to:
- Provide the highest possible quality of undergraduate and graduate university teaching in the humanities, social sciences, natural and applied sciences, the fine and performing arts and the professions;
- Enhance student success by fostering an environment conducive to intellectual and personal growth;
- Conduct original scholarship and basic and applied research, and produce creative works of highest quality as judged by international standards;
- Serve the community directly by making its expertise available to individuals and institutions, and by providing as much access to the university's intellectual, cultural, artistic and physical resources as its primary teaching and research responsibilities permit;
- Preserve and protect academic freedom and intellectual independence, and provide a forum for critical inquiry and debate; and,
- Promote equity in access and employment and in the conduct of the university's affairs.
The University of Manitoba as the largest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning in Manitoba plays a distinctive role within the province. In addition to offering undergraduate liberal education in arts, science and education, the University of Manitoba provides programs in a broad range of professional studies, applied sciences and fine and performing arts and is responsible for the vast majority of graduate education and research in Manitoba. The University of Manitoba serves all parts of the province, including inner city and suburban areas, rural and northern regions and attracts students from all population groups and from all walks of life.
It manages and delivers a comprehensive array of both degree and non-degree credit courses not only on its campuses but also by correspondence and other distance education modalities both throughout the province and beyond the province, thereby significantly increasing accessibility to university education.
The University of Manitoba is also distinctive among post-secondary institutions in the province by virtue of the multi-disciplinary activity within the university and through its participation in multi-institutional consortia and networks. It seeks to advance its traditional role in teaching and learning, research and community service through the establishment of new linkages with business, industry, arts organizations, social agencies, non-profit organizations and governments designed to contribute directly to the economic life of Manitobans and to provide lifelong learning opportunities for them. Through residential educational programs for seniors, Mini-University for youngsters, the summer ballet school, the music preparatory program, public lectures, concerts, recitals, theatrical productions, art exhibits, library and archival services, athletic and recreational programs and in many other ways, the university seeks to reinforce its role as an important part of the culture and heritage of Manitoba.
The university is an active contributor to national and international development by conducting educational programs and research under contract. It also contributes to international development through the opportunities provided to students and visiting scholars from other countries to study at the University of Manitoba. Recognizing that many of the intellectual and practical challenges facing society require an integrated disciplinary approach, the university has established a variety of centres, institutes and specialized research groups designed to tackle important problems in a number of areas.
In recognition of its mission, goals and role, the University of Manitoba is accountable for:
- Facilitating access to its programs for as many students as meet its admission requirements and as can be accommodated and effectively educated within the available resources;
- Providing programs that meet accepted and appropriate standards for admission, evaluation and graduation of students and for curriculum content and teaching effectiveness;
- Facilitating research, scholarship and creative works that are of high quality as judged by international standards;
- Providing an exemplary environment for work and study with particular attention to policies and procedures designed to foster equity; and,
- Exhibiting responsible management of physical and human resources.
The following vision statement was articulated in Building on Strengths, the report of the Task Force on strategic planning in 1998:
We believe that the University of Manitoba will be a leader among Canadian universities as it becomes known for meeting challenges while it advances knowledge and understanding. We will not only be the oldest of western Canada's universities we will also be among the best of Canada's universities. We will be respected for our knowledge of the world and for our understanding of the complexities of our Prairie region in its cultural, socioeconomic and scientific dimensions, which we will articulate according to international standards of science and scholarship. We will be recognized for our centrality in the development of Manitoba's knowledge-based society in a knowledge-based global economy.
We will attain our vision by:
- Providing outstanding education in undergraduate and selected professional and graduate areas;
- Producing research, scholarship and creative work that is recognized internationally, nationally, and locally;
- Providing an equitable environment focused on learning; and
- Enhancing a strong tradition of community and professional service.