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Nursing receives top marks from national accreditation organization

Breathing testing

Nursing students perform tests on a electronic mannequin that can be programmed to exhibit a range of symptoms.

Commitment to a high-calibre learning experience has earned TRU’s School of Nursing the highest accreditation possible from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN).

The seven-year designation is the result of a rigorous review which scrutinized the School of Nursing, its administration, faculty, programs, student success before and after graduation, the learning spaces and equipment, relevance of courses and programs, and its corporate and community partnerships. The school completed a detailed self-study report and a site visit was conducted in March by a team of peers from different Canadian universities.

“Earning the maximum accreditation is a testament to our commitment and dedication that all our students receive a rewarding and high-calibre learning experience—one where they are ready for opportunities in any number of directions,” said Donna Murnaghan, Dean of the School of Nursing.

“CASN’s endorsement also applauds our faculty’s efforts to keep current and to pass that knowledge and best practices to our students, who are the health care providers of tomorrow,” she said.

CASN is among more than 30 organizations belonging to the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada. Seeking national accreditation status is important for the TRU School of Nursing in its quest for excellence and growth.

TRU President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Shaver said CASN’s endorsement is another milestone to be proud of.

“Accreditation isn’t easily acquired; the CASN asks tough questions about a nursing school’s students, faculty, our grads and even including the partnerships we have nurtured,” said Shaver, adding, “TRU’s School of Nursing has always been prepared to meet the challenge. We have a great program here which our students and communities can be proud of. CASN has validated this by awarding the maximum accreditation; an A+ to our school.”

Media inquiries
Donna Murnaghan, Dean, School of Nursing
Thompson Rivers University
[email protected]

BC shows fastest growth attracting research dollars

Research Discoveries

Research at TRU— like examining how urban systems respond in extreme weather by TRU geography faculty member David Hill (above)—is helping BC research universities outpace the rest of Canada when it comes to attracting research dollars from Canadian granting agencies.

With files from Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia

TRU is among the universities helping British Columbia outpace the country in attracting research dollars from Canadian granting agencies, according to figures released today by the Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia (RUCBC).

Since 2000, BC’s research universities have increased their per capita share of federal research grants by 148 per cent—almost double the Canadian average and faster than any other province. BC ranks second in Canada for federal per capita research funding, ahead of Ontario and Alberta.

“Research and innovation are fundamental building blocks for economic success,” said TRU President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Shaver. “And that’s not just for emerging sectors but for all of BC’s industries, including the natural resource sector, such as forestry and mining. BC’s success at attracting federal research dollars will help our province compete and win in today’s economy.”

Among the many research projects at TRU receiving federal funding, one is giving hope to the homeless, another is increasing efficiency in industries like mining, and another is examining how urban systems respond in extreme weather.

Said TRU Manager of Research Services Troy Fuller: “This is an exciting time for research in British Columbia, and an especially exciting time for research at Thompson Rivers University. We received our research mandate in 2005, joined the Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia in 2011, and many of those initial investments in faculty and research infrastructure are now producing fantastic results.”

The British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) is a key reason for BC’s success. Established in 1998, it has helped the province secure almost $1 billion in research infrastructure funding from the federal government and industry. New funding from the Canadian Institute for Health Research has grown by 343% since 2001, more than double the national average.

Read the entire RUCBC report

Overall Economic Impact

The economic impact of university research has grown to more than $8 billion a year, bringing the total annual economic impact of BC’s research universities to $21.9 billion, or 9.5 per cent of British Columbia’s GDP.

BC has emerged as a hub for world-leading research and the province’s success is driven by research intensive universities attracting hundreds of millions of dollars in research funding every year. In 2012-13, the research universities attracted almost $809 million in research funding from federal, provincial, private and non-profit sources.

These investments are helping tackle important economic, social and health challenges, generating new jobs and economic opportunities in industries such as forestry and high-tech; advancing new technologies in health care and environmental protection; and attracting talent from around the globe to BC to work with students who take new ideas to the market place.

“TRU is a young, vibrant university and our research story is just beginning to be told,” said Fuller. “We have more faculty supported by federal grants than we’ve ever had, and this support has helped us create a number of vital relationships with industry and community partners.”

The success BC is having in attracting and retaining world class research talent is an important reason why federal funding for research in BC is accelerating more quickly than in any other province. So too is the provincial government’s commitment to research through the BCKDF.


Media inquiries
Troy Fuller
Manager, Research Services
Thompson Rivers University
Email: [email protected]
Office: 250-371-5569
Cell: 250-319-2885

Agreement with Mexican university expands global network

Expanding global network into Mexico

Addressing the audience is Baihua Chadwick, Associate Vice President, International and Chief Executive Officer, TRU World Global Operations.

Thompson Rivers University has expanded its global network of institutional partners with its first formalized agreement with a Mexican state university.

The agreement with Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero (UAGRO) in Mexico opens potential for both universities in several areas, including joint research, training and management projects, as well as academic programs (double degrees, 2+2 models, and visiting student programs).

Baihua Chadwick, Associate Vice President, International and Chief Executive Officer, TRU World Global Operations and Dr. Javier Saldaña Almazán, Rector, UAGRO took part in the signing ceremony on Tuesday, June 16, in Acapulco.

“We will begin a new chapter for both universities starting this summer when the first group of five students from UAGRO will arrive at TRU,” said Chadwick. “We’ll be looking at the potential for pathway and visiting student agreements, faculty exchange and broader scientific, technical, and educational collaboration.”

UAGRO has 60,000 students, including seven high schools with 35,000 students and provides funding for 2,000 students to study overseas each year.

“This agreement is an historic moment in the advancement of UAGRO’s internationalization process,” noted Almazán.

UAGRO’s campuses are located throughout the State of Guerrero, Mexico: Chilpancingo, Acapulco, Taxco, Iguala, Tixtla, Ometepec and Ciudad Altamirano among others. Established in 1960, UAGRO has 34 undergrad and 29 graduate programs in the fields of agricultural sciences, health, natural, social and administrative, education and humanities, and engineering.

The agreement also creates more opportunities for UAGRO students to study abroad through the Mexican Federal Government’s Proyecto 10000 program, which provides funding for 10,000 Mexican students to study internationally in English speaking countries.

In addition to Proyecto 10000, TRU will also be receiving students through Gobierno del Estado de Mexico, another scholarship program allowing Mexican students an opportunity to study internationally.

A recent visit of UAGRO representatives to the TRU campus included a chance to tour the Gathering Place. Sharing similar percentages of First Nations and indigenous students, (TRU 11% and UAGRO 15%), the delegates are working to implement what they observed at TRU into their own service model for indigenous students.


The June 16 signing was attended by over 100 educators from the State of Guerrero, as well as a significant local media contingent. Also in attendance was Jorge Campos, a major celebrity in Mexico. Jorge is from Guerrero, and was the superstar goaltender of the Mexican National Soccer Team. Jorge is a fervent supporter of Thompson Rivers University, and sponsors an annual scholarship for Mexican students to study at TRU in Kamloops.

More information
Larry Peatt
Director Administration and CFO TRU World Global Operations
[email protected]


Science and health science camp for Aboriginal youth

Aboriginal Youth Sciences and Health Sciences Camp

The Aboriginal Science and Health Science Camp is an opportunity to learn by doing.

Aboriginal students in grades 8-10 from around British Columbia with an interest in science and health sciences won’t want to miss a camp just for them.

Aboriginal Science and Health Science Camp, Aug. 4-7, will have campers learning theory and learning by doing from a variety of instructors and spaces both inside and outside.

But time is running out because applications must be received by July 3. See below for more information.

  • During the four days, campers will:
  • Make new friends
  • Learn about traditional medicine and science
  • Participate in hands-on experiments
  • Learn about nursing and other healthcare professions
  • Go rock climbing and indoor swimming at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre

The camp is a partnership with TRU’s Faculty of Science, School of Nursing, department of Aboriginal Education, School District 73, and the Neil Wooliams Family.

More information
Vernie Clement

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