Funding for research, graduate students lacking at uManitoba

September 26, 2013

University of Manitoba President David Barnard said in his recent state-of-the-university address that the province is losing some of the best and brightest students to other provinces, as Manitoba graduate students are among some of the lowest funded in the country. 46% of graduate students who leave Manitoba to study in other provinces do so because of better funding, and according to Barnard, $60 million more in provincial funding is needed each year to match graduate student funding in Ontario. Research funding is also behind other provinces, with $20 million more needed each year from the province to match average research funding among similar institutions. Earlier this year, Barnard questioned the provincial government’s low tuition policy, suggesting it was out of alignment with the rest of the country. However, news out of uManitoba isn’t all bad; for the first time ever enrolment is over 29,000 students, and efforts to create efficiencies and reduce costs have resulted in $6.1 million in savings per year. Winnipeg Free Press  | Full Address