Thompson Rivers University (Thompson Rivers University, referred to as TRU) is a public teaching and research university that provides undergraduate and graduate degrees and vocational training. Its main campus is Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, and its name comes from the two rivers meeting in Kamloops, in North Thompson and South Thompson. The university has a satellite campus in Williams Lake, British Columbia, and a distance education department called TRU-Open Learning. . It also has multiple international partnerships through its TRU World branch.
TRU offers 140 campus courses and approximately 60 online or distance courses through the Open Learning Department, including industry apprentices, vocational certificates and diplomas, bachelor's and master's degrees, and law.
Kamloops is the largest population center in the region. It is now known as Thompson-Okanagan and Cariboo-Chilcotin. Selected as the site of one of several new two-year regional universities to provide academic and vocational courses outside the city. The center is served by three universities across the province. The province established Cariboo College in 1970 and began to provide courses for 367 full-time students and 200 part-time students in September 1970, initially starting from Kamloops Indian Boarding School.