Interior University Research Coalition
Created by the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Thompson Rivers University (TRU), and University of British Columbia-Okanagan (UBC-O) in 2017, the Interior University Research Coalition forms a core of research and innovation talent and infrastructure in the BC Interior.
Together we educate over 40,000 students on our campuses and online, are home to 49 Research Chairs, employ more than 3,500 faculty and staff, and generate an economic impact of more than $3.5 billion.
The goal of the IURC is to accelerate the BC Interior’s research and innovation ecosystem by harmonizing resources, enhancing student and faculty mobility, increasing academic opportunities, and establishing community connections.
The IURC will create new opportunities for the BC Interior by attracting additional talent and investment, by building on the region’s existing strengths and resources, and by creating new opportunities for economic and social innovation. The Coalition will leverage the resources, affiliations and expertise, connecting publicly-funded research and researchers with community, business and industry experts, and will advance the research and development and commercialization potential of the BC Interior.
The Interior & Northern Work Integrated Learning Coalition, a partnership between Thompson Rivers University (TRU), the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO), and University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), aims to direct connection between industry and institution, opening the door for employers to cost-effectively innovate, increase capacity, and contribute to a future skilled workforce. Helping employers engage with skilled student talent helps support the changing needs of small and medium sized organizations.
Situated within Northern and Interior of British Columbia, TRU, UBCO, and UNBC serve both urban and rural regions that are located in areas of the province that are predominantly populated by small and medium-sized enterprises and organizations. Pandemic notwithstanding, small and medium sized organizations face challenges in their business that large sized enterprises might not face, including staffing levels, resources, funding and more. These challenges, among many others, can become barriers for an organization when implementing a change or considering involvement in Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) programming.
As post-pandemic economic recovery planning is underway, the three institutions are partnering to ensure access to resources, funding, and student talent are available to those who could benefit from utilizing these resources as their organization plans for the future. INWIL has developed this website along with a resource hub to support and address some of the regional challenges faced by small and medium sized organizations. To learn more and get involved, check out the INWIL website at: https://inwil.opened.ca
UBC and TRU team up to explore useful bio-products found in cannabis.
Dr. Naowarat Cheeptham, associate professor, microbiology, TRU, joined by Dr. Cori Lausen, TRU adjunct faculty, and Wildlife Conservation Society of Canada bat biologist, and Dr. Karen Hodges, conservation ecologist, UBC-O, for “Developing a Prophylactic Probiotic Approach to Reducing Severity of White-Nose Syndrome in Bats.”
Dr. Robert Hanlon, assistant professor, politics, TRU, with Dr. Paul Bowles, professor, international studies, UNBC, and Dr. Khan Jahirul Islam, Lecturer, Economics, UBC-O, for “Canada and the Asia Pacific Policy Project.”
Dr. John Hull, associate professor, tourism management, TRU, with Dr. Donna Senese, associate professor, geography, UBC-O, for “Exploring wine, craft beer/cider, culinary tourism futures through rural resilience.”
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Research News from TRU
Alleged assassination plot against Sikh separatist could hamper India-US relationsFriday, November 24 2023
TRU political scientist Saira Bano writes for The Conversation Canada about India’s reliability as a trusted strategic partner.
What Joe Biden’s meeting with Xi Jinping means for geopolitical tensionsThursday, November 16 2023
TRU political scientist Saira Bano writes for The Conversation Canada about Joe Biden’s recent meeting with Xi Jinping.
TRU joins US-Canada team to improve wildfire prediction modelsTuesday, November 7 2023
TRU joins newly created U.S.-Canada Centre on Climate-Resilient Western Interconnected Grid, led by the Universities of Utah and Calgary.
Research News from UBCO
Improving children’s early reading development with new CFI fundingFriday, September 1 2023
Nearly $1.5 million in CFI funding for multiple projects awarded across UBCO.
UBC Okanagan lands new Canada Research Chair, $6M in federal research fundingTuesday, August 29 2023
UBC Okanagan professor Dr. Sarah Purcell is now being recognized as a world-class researcher. As part of the latest funding announcement from the federal government, Dr. Purcell, an Assistant...
UBCO-led projects awarded more than $2 million for health researchTuesday, August 8 2023
Researchers at UBC Okanagan will use the funds to study gut health, e-cigarette education and heart disease in people with spinal cord injuries.
New action plan focuses on opportunities to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in research at UBCThursday, April 27 2023
UBC’s Dimensions Action Plan for EDI in Research, published today, comprises 24 objectives and 43 actions to improve equity, diversity and inclusion in UBC’s research community. The plan was...
Research News from UNBC
UNBC names new Vice President Research and InnovationJuly 6, 2023
Dr. Paula Wood-Adams, UNBC's new Vice President Research and Innovation, is looking forward to working with the engaged students, faculty and staff at UNBC.
Harnessing local resilience in a changing worldMay 15, 2023
Faculty of Environment Associate Professor Dr. Tristan Pearce will highlight his research working with communities facing the impacts of environmental changes at a national research showcase in Ottawa next month.
Diverse perspectives lead to improved research resultsFebruary 22, 2023
School of Business Associate Professor Dr. Kafui Monu has seen the benefits of having more diverse voices engaged in research, both in the quality of the studies and how the knowledge is mobilized.
UNBC’s research funding continues to growJanuary 18, 2023
Over the past five years, UNBC placed first among universities in its tier for the percentage of funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. UNBC received $7.7 million over the span, representing 12.6 per cent of UNBC's total research income.