Are you blushing, TRU?
Accolades were heaped upon Thompson Rivers University for its advancements in research during the Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia monthly meeting on Friday.
“Pride is my theme today. I hope you’re feeling really proud of what’s been accomplished here,” said Stephen Toope, president of the University of British Columbia during the meeting at TRU.
The council’s overall goal is to help research universities through undergraduate and graduate training as well as research programs and projects for the wider community.
Along with TRU and UBC, the council includes SFU, UNBC, UVic and Royal Roads.
A member since 2011, TRU has made great strides in its research capabilities, some of which directly benefit the region, said Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar.
He pointed to the “literally groundbreaking” study into land reclamation following natural and manmade disturbances.
“In Kamloops and the Interior with mining, forestry, the energy sector, ranching — this research has a direct benefit to all our communities because it’s helping us figure out what to do with that soil,” he said.
Despite the highbrow aspect of university projects, the average person can easily get behind that kind of work, he added.
“That’s the type of research that people actually get. They understand why it’s important to be looking at how to properly reclaim areas that have had industrial development on it.”
Such studies not only benefit those relying on the results, but are also a major contributor to the provincial economy.
The six universities have contributed nearly $7 billion to the B.C. economy through research, said Toope.
“And TRU is an integral element of the entire post-secondary system in the province of British Columbia.”