Born for the tropics
Ranked in the top four percent of the world's tertiary institutions by the Academic Ranking of World Universities produced by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, James Cook University is dedicated to creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide, through graduates and discoveries that make a difference.
Dedicated to research
The University conducts nationally significant and internationally recognised research in areas such as marine sciences, biodiversity, tropical ecology and environments, global warming, tourism, and tropical medicine and public health care in under-served populations.
Students come from many backgrounds, promoting a rich cultural and experiential diversity on campus. Undergraduate and postgraduate courses span the Arts, Business, Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science, Information Technology and Social Sciences. JCU aims to give graduates the qualifications and skills they need for the global workforce.
Relevant to surrounding region
JCU also recognises its special obligation to be relevant to its own region and has forged close linkages into the economy and social fabric of northern Queensland. It is dedicated to ensuring teaching, learning and research is not only of high quality, but also delivers practical benefits to the peoples and industries of the region.
Since its establishment in 1970, James Cook University has expanded into a multi-campus institution with main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville, with smaller study centres in Mount Isa, Thursday Island and Mackay. There's also a campus in Brisbane, operated by Russo Higher Education.
One of the world's leading institutions focusing on the tropics, Australia's James Cook University is surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the Wet tropics, the dry savannahs, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef.
Our unique location enables students from Australia and overseas to study in a diverse physical environment unparalleled by any university in the world.
Students at JCU have excellent support to help them succeed. This starts with friendly and approachable teaching staff and continues through to many services including: a ‘Student Mentor Scheme’ that links new students with second or third year students in the same course for advice and support; and free study skills workshops. Study resources include 24-hour computer laboratories, free technology training and a library that is one of the best in Queensland.
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