The British Columbia Association of Institutes and Universities (BCAIU) represents the interests of nine educational organizations in British Columbia and Yukon University in the Yukon.  Together our members account for over 40 per cent of the students attending public post-secondary institutions in the province.

BCAIU member institutions provide a wide-range of programs and courses including academic, applied, workforce development and continuing education programs ranging from certificates through to masters’ degrees.  Our diversity is our strength.  Students acquire important skills and training, often in their own community or region.  Our members are focused on meeting the needs of learners and are leaders in such areas as innovation and technology, health care, public safety, motion picture production, art and design, and education for for Indigenous learners.  We are committed to applied research, experiential and work integrated learning and innovation.

The BCAIU acknowledges the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the First Nations of British Columbia, on which we gratefully work and gather.


BCAIU members generate, develop and support adoption of initiatives that positively influence change in higher education.  We  offer a compelling approach to learning by integrating teaching excellence, work integrated learning and co-op experiences, laddered educational pathways and stack-able credentials.  We provide skills development that learners need to succeed in their career as well as in-demand skills training.

Our member institutions are regionally located providing access to post-secondary education within local communities while at the same time offering a unique learning experience for learners from outside of British Columbia and from around the world.

Our members include:

Vancouver Island University, University of the Fraser Valley, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Capilano University, Yukon University, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and Justice Institute of British Columbia.



BCAIU represents the needs of members by serving as a united and effective voice on provincial and federal policy, learner support, education quality and research and innovation. BCAIU collaborates in advocacy efforts and works closely with a number of organizations including the Research Universities Council of British Columbia and British Columbia Colleges to further positive change in higher education.