The University of Manitoba is western Canada’s first university. In a typical year, the university has an enrollment of over 26,000 students. In all, 90 degree programs are offered, in academic programs as diverse as agricultural and food sciences, music, engineering and medicine. The University of Manitoba is also home to a wide range of research centers and institutes, and Smartpark Research and Technology Park, a community of innovators that forges collaborations between university and industry. Visit the university’s homepage>>
Environmental sustainability has been an important principle of the University of Manitoba for some time. In the early 1990s, the University undertook a recycling effort that has since been awarded for its unique and collaborative approach. A utilities retrofit in the late ’90s has not only saved the University of Manitoba millions of dollars but has also shone as a stellar example of resource conservation and emissions reductions. Learn more>>
Service Learning in the Global Community
This program provides a unique opportunity for Canadian university students to live in a low income community abroad and work alongside their community hosts to design and construct a building facility that has been chosen by the host community. While learning architectural skills in construction, materials, and design, the students also gain skills in cross-cultural communication, leadership and collaborative decision-making. Students practice these skills through cooperation with a local non-profit organization, community members, consultants, trades people, classmates and instructors. Learn more>>
PRAXIS is a group of University of Manitoba students who are making a difference in their community through service and reflective learning. They discuss and learn about social justice issues that currently face our community and the world at large. Projects are conducted on local, national and international levels. PRAXIS is Latin for “Theory Into Action,” which reflects the organization’s goals of both discussing and acting on important issues.
Alternative Spring Break: El Salvador
This program, launched in 2008, gives University of Manitoba (UM) students the opportunity to connect with the community of Santa Catarina Masahuat, El Salvador during their term break in February. This Service Learning program allows students the opportunity to work in partnership with local community members of Santa Catarina to address practical needs that improve their quality of life. With support from the Lutheran World Federation and the U of M, students can apply their university education as well as their physical energy towards creating solutions to problems identified by El Salvadoran community members.