The British Columbia Institute of Technology (also referred to as BCIT), is a public, coeducational, academic institution of higher education in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. The polytechnic has five campuses located in the Metro Vancouver region, with the main campus in Burnaby. There is also the aerospace campus in Richmond, the marine campus in North Vancouver, the Great Northern Way, and Downtown campus in Vancouver.It is provincially chartered through legislation in the College and Institute Act. In 1994, the Pacific Marine Training Institute amalgamated with BCIT, along with its nautical engineering programs. The first Bachelor of Technology degree in Environmental Engineering was awarded in 1996. 1997 marked the opening of the Downtown Vancouver campus to accommodate expansion of BCIT's part-time programs. BCIT's Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badge were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on February 29, 1996. BCIT, UBC, SFU, and ECUAD jointly opened the Great Northern Way Campus in 2002. In 2004, the number of students grew to more than 48,000, and the polytechnic status of the institution was enshrined in provincial legislation. A year later, a Research Services Office was opened to further support applied research. BCIT opened a new 300,000-square-foot (28,000 m2) Aerospace Technology Campus in 2007, at the gateway to Vancouver International Airport for its aerospace programs. In 2006 BCIT became the first location in Canada for a Confucius Institute. In June 2010, the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) has granted national accreditation to BCIT's Civil Engineering Bachelor of Engineering program. This represents a milestone as the first accreditation of a non-university Civil Engineering program in Canada. In 2011, the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board granted national accreditation to BCIT's Bachelors of Electrical Engineering program.