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James Cook University: About JCU

James Cook University (JCU) is the second oldest university in Queensland and Australia’s leading university in the tropics.

James Cook University (JCU) is the second oldest university in Queensland and Australia’s leading university in the tropics.  Offering excellence in teaching and research, JCU is a vibrant multi-campus university. JCU is ranked in the top 4% in the world.  JCU is also a member of the select group of Innovative Research Universities.

JCU has three main campuses located in Townsville, Cairns and Singapore. Some JCU degrees are also offered at JCU Brisbane, a campus operated by Russo Higher Education Pty Ltd in Queensland’s capital city of Brisbane along with education partners in Asia and the Pacific.

James Cook University offers a full range of courses spanning the arts and humanities, business, creative arts, education, dental surgery, engineering, health sciences, information technology, law, marine biology, medicine, sciences, social sciences and veterinary science. This broad range of study areas means you can usually combine areas of personal interest into a customised study plan.

JCU is also a leading research university and provides excellent facilities for teaching and learning. The unique location of James Cook University allows nationally significant research to be conducted by both staff and students.

Awards and Recognition

  • JCU is ranked in the top 4% of universities in the world in the 2011 Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • In the Asia Pacific region, JCU is ranked in the top 100
  • JCU is a member of the select group, Innovative Research Universities (IRU). IRU is one of the three university alliances recognized by peak body Universities Australia
  • JCU is ranked as Australia’s leading university in Environmental Science and Management and Fisheries Science research
  • Over the past five years, JCU academics have won 36 national awards for teaching excellence from the Australian Teaching and Learning Council – more than many larger universities.

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