How BU Compares
Brandon University’s total economic impact exceeds $417 million every year, the vast proportion contributing directly to the Brandon economy and the economy of southwestern Manitoba.
With an initial operating grant of $37 million from the province, this represents an outstanding return on investment. Every dollar invested by the province returns $11.30 in economic activity.
Brandon University’s total spending in Manitoba also brings excellent value. BU’s total institutional spending of $48.2 million means every dollar BU spends generates $8.66 in local economic impact.
However, Brandon University’s impact is not limited by the dollars it spends. Staff and faculty, students and visitors, also spend their money in the local economy, adding tremendous value to Brandon, to southwestern Manitoba, and to the entire province. The ultimate impact on Brandon’s overall economy through BU’s alumni, and the long-term impact of research at the university also need to be considered.
Comparing BU’s Economic Impact to other Universities
When adjusted for the size and student population of BU, that total economic impact is comparable to the average of other universities across Canada — a result that shows the analysis is reasonable, with fair and appropriate assumptions.
This economic impact provides a consistent baseline to track the growing economic impact of Brandon University through the future.
|Economic Impact||Brandon University||Simon Fraser University||University of Ottawa||University of Calgary||University of BC||University of Alberta|
|Total Economic Impact (TEI)||417||3,653||3,933||7,915||10,377||12,314|
|TEI/Student #s ($,000s)||138||104||92||262||174||313|
 2014/2015 school year
Data Source: Modified from University of Calgary 2013
Comparing the Research Capacity of Manitoba Universities
Brandon University has been traditionally known as an undergraduate teaching university. However, with new graduate programs, reduction in teaching load, and successful grant applications, faculty are increasing their research impact. Three research institutes at BU are also adding to this research impact through their connections to the community.
Brandon University has the second-highest number of graduate students of Manitoba universities, with more than 300 students in five Master’s programs. As well, undergraduate students are encouraged to complete independent research or a thesis in their final year of studies.
Research at Brandon University creates new knowledge, applies knowledge in new ways, and comes up with industry-focused solutions that improve other sectors of the economy — one of the key ways through which Brandon University helps drive the local and regional economy.
Research Capacity in Manitoba ($M for 2014/2015)
|University||Full Time1 Undergrad Students||Full Time1 Graduate Students||Part Time1 Undergrad Students||Part Time1 Graduate Students||Faculty3||Research Rank||Research Dollars2|
|U of Manitoba||20,889||3,697||4,409||662||1,063||13||154.3|
|U of Winnipeg||5,708||81||3,930||123||351*||49||7.9|
*2015 faculty data assumed to be full time academic from, https://uwinnipeg.ca/about/fast-facts/index.html
3Source: Institution website
4Source: Brandon University Research Strategy