British Columbia Research Universities by the Numbers

6 institutions

120,000 undergraduate students

20,000 graduate students

25,000 degrees granted annually

$16 billion annual economic impact

$900 million per year in research funding

149 patents filed in 2017

550,000 alumni in 120 countries

32,000 faculty and staff

$5.3 billion total revenue

$1.2 billion operating funding from the Province of British Columbia

17,000 residence beds

7 Nobel Prize winners among current or former faculty or alumni

$1.5 billion in endowments





University of British Columbia

Simon Fraser University

University of Victoria

University of Northern British Columbia

Thompson Rivers University

Royal Roads University





Presentation to Select Standing Committee


Putting Degrees to Work

Opportunities Agenda  


BC's Research Universities set out an "Opportunity Agenda for BC"

Opportunities Agenda

Submission to the Select Standing Committee
on Finance and Government Services of the
Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

October 2012