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New international ranking places U of M high on list
Posted Monday, August 10, 2009 8:40 AM
Above: University of Manitoba Administration Building.

A professional ranking of world universities conducted by a European educational institution has found the University of Manitoba tied for fifth place in Canada at “preparing students adequately for professional activities.” Only Concordia, Queen’s, University of Toronto and McGill ranked higher in Canada than the University of Manitoba.

Other Canadian universities on the list were Montreal, Western Ontario, Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier, Carleton and Windsor. The University of Manitoba was the only institution in Western Canada to make the list.

The study looked at the performance of educational training programs at 3750 universities and post-secondary institutions throughout the world, based on the business and professional career accomplishments of their graduates. The ranking, by the École des Mines de Paris, looked at the comparative number of graduates holding a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position in a leading Global Fortune 500 company, as listed by Fortune magazine in 2008.

The University of Manitoba was ranked 89th in the world, scoring higher than such institutions as the London Business School and Johns Hopkins University.

The top three educational institutions in the world were Tokyo University (1st), Harvard University (2nd) and Stanford University (3rd).

The University of Manitoba alumni on the list are Richard Waugh, CEO of Scotiabank, and Gerald Schwartz, CEO of Onex Corporation.

"Our graduates excel in a great variety of fields," says Dr. David Barnard, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manitoba. "This ranking affirms the world-class quality of education at the University of Manitoba in training leaders in research and business."

In Canada alone, the University of Manitoba has made an impact in business and financial circles, based on this same criterion. Graduates of the University who are currently at the helm of major companies make a long list, but just six include: Gilles Chaput (BDO Dunwoody); Hartley Richardson (James Richardson & Sons); Clayton Riddell (Paramount Resources); Murray Taylor (IGM Financial); and Phyllis Yaffe (Alliance Atlantis).

Locally, University of Manitoba graduates include CEOs such as: Katherine Bardswick (The Co-Operators Group Ltd.); Robert Brennan (Manitoba Hydro); James Brown (Frantic Films); John Langstaff (Cangene Corp.); Nick Logan (National Leasing Group); and Charles Spiring (Wellington West Capital), among many others.

The world rankings can be viewed at:

For more information, contact:
John Danakas
Public Affairs
Phone: (204) 474-8551
Related Links (External):
  •World rankings (PDF)