Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

The Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Thompson Rivers University, situated on Secwepemcúlucw, the traditional territory of the Secwépemc people.

Community is at the heart of what we do. Our long history of serving our communities has led to some of the unique offerings at TRU, 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 with schools and health care providers. They work with local businesses, non-profits and Indigenous groups on community initiatives, get involved through student clubs or varsity athletics, or represent TRU abroad. No matter what they are studying, TRU students are learning to collaborate, communicate and give back to the community.

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 community-driven and supports the social, cultural and economic sustainability of our region and province. Local industry, small businesses and community groups come to us for solutions.

At the leadership level, the most important part of my role as president is building relationships—with students, faculty and staff, our alumni and friends, Indigenous communities, government bodies, and international partners. Higher education empowers and transforms when our perspectives broaden through such relationships.

At TRU we come together to foster intercultural understanding. We welcome diverse local, regional, national, Indigenous and global perspectives, and in collaborating with our wider community, we embrace innovation, entrepreneurship and research for the benefit of all. In cultivating community-mindedness, we cultivate our students’ success as global citizens. We are educating the leaders of the future to understand what a sustainable, global community really means.

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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