CMU is an innovative Christian university, rooted in the Anabaptist Mennonite tradition, moved and transformed by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Through teaching, research and service CMU inspires and equips women and men for lives of service, leadership, and reconciliation in church and society.
Educating for Peace and Justice
Learning through Thinking and Doing
Generous Hospitality... Radical Dialogue
Modelling Invitational Community
The origins of CMU go back to the early 1990s when people from the business community and from local Mennonite colleges in Manitoba met to talk about inter-Mennonite co-operation in higher education. This led to formal discussions among the colleges, beginning in 1995. The federation of Canadian Mennonite Bible College, Concord College (Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary), and Menno Simons College became what today is known as Canadian Mennonite University.
In August 1998, the government of Manitoba proclaimed the charter for the creation of CMU, a university-level, degree-granting federation of the Mennonite colleges. In May 1999, the agreement to purchase the campus at 500 Shaftesbury was concluded, and academic programs began in September of that same year. In October 2008, CMU became an accredited member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, hence rebranded as Universities Canada.
Each of the founding colleges has its own story. Yet, from the beginning, the individual stories have often intersected and are now part of a common story-a story of how God has led them to work together on a common educational mission called CMU.
500 Shaftesbury Blvd.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3P 2N2