The Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Thompson Rivers University, a vibrant and diverse university where we take pride in helping our students be successful.

TRU is both a campus-based and virtual university.

Our campuses are situated on the traditional lands of the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc (Kamloops) and the T’exelc (Williams Lake) within Secwepemcúlucw, the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwépemc, its people whom we respect and work with.

As we honour the history of our region, the land and its people, we embrace both the regional and global context in which we live, learn and work. At TRU, we welcome all students, whether local or international, in a spirit of fostering intercultural understanding.

Through our campuses, students have numerous options to choose from in academics and trades, as well as unique programs developed with our surrounding communities in mind, from our Applied Sustainable Ranching and Health Care Assistant programs in Williams Lake, to our Master of Environmental Economics and Management and expansions of trades programs in Kamloops.

Our students are actively engaged in learning that directly or indirectly benefits communities. They participate in community-based research projects, complete practica or co-op placements, and work with local businesses, non-profits and Indigenous groups on community initiatives. They also get involved through student clubs or varsity athletics, or represent TRU abroad.

TRU faculty, whether teaching in undergraduate or graduate programs, diplomas, apprenticeships, professional certificates or ESL, find ways to tie scholarship and learning to the natural world at our doorstep and the community we serve. Research at TRU is often community-driven, supporting the social, cultural and economic sustainability of our region and province.

Through virtual education, TRU Open Learning provides students with the advantage of flexibility. They choose how and when they want to learn and may take a course here or there, or complete a full program of study. Given this flexibility, combined with course offerings, it’s not surprising Open Learning serves half of our students.

TRU continues to evolve and grow to meet the changing educational needs of Canada and the world. I invite you to explore our website and contact us to discover more.

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