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James Cook University: About JCU

James Cook University (JCU) is Australia’s leading university focussed on creating a brighter future for life in the Tropics worldwide.

James Cook University (JCU) is Australia’s leading university for the Tropics, ranked in the top 4% of universities worldwide*.Over 22,000 students have chosen JCU as their provider of tertiary education, including about 7,000 international students from over 100 countries. The University offers a strong student support network, dedicated staff, small class sizes and flexible study options. The Australian campuses are surrounded by stunning natural environments close to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park –providing a laidback, friendly campus atmosphere.

The University’s three main campuses are in dynamic and diverse tropical locations: Cairns, Townsville and the vibrant city-state of Singapore. In addition, JCU runs study centreslocated in Mackay, Thursday Island and Mount Isa. There is also an international student campus in Brisbane, operated externally by Russo Higher Education.

JCU offers a comprehensive range of career-focussed courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. The University is an internationally-recognised leader in disciplines such as Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Animal and Plant Sciences, Social Sciences and Public Health.

JCU is a leading research university, with unique facilities in the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the Wet Tropics’ rainforests and the savannah lands. Staff and students conduct nationally and internationally recognised research from field stations and from JCU’s research centresand institutes.

Awards and Recognition

  • JCU is ranked in the top two Australian universities and top 30 in the world in Environmental Sciences and Ecology (US News and Global Report Rankings 2016)
  • JCU was awarded four prestigious national Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Australian Awards for University Teaching, Office for Learning and Teaching 2015)
  • The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rates JCU as ‘world class or better’ in 35 areas of research (2015)
  • Five-star rating for success in getting a job (Good Universities Guide 2016)
  • JCU is the world’s leading coral reef research institution by publications and citations (Scopus Bibliometric data 2010-2014).

*Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU 2015).

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