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James Cook UniversityJames Cook University

A centre for excellence in tropical studies

James Cook University

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.  Total student enrolments are more than 18,000 and growing, including over 5,500 international students from over 100 different countries. 

JCU is ranked in the top 5% of universities worldwide based on 2010 assessments by two of the world's leading university ranking system - the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Higher Education and Accreditation Council. JCU is also ranked among the top 12 tourism education institutions in the world and is recognized for its special focus on ecotourism.

The University's main campuses are in Townsville and Cairns, in tropical northern Queensland and an international campus located in Singapore, JCU Singapore
Courses and Degrees

James Cook University's study areas include the arts and humanities, business, the creative arts, education, engineering, health sciences, information technology, law, medicine, social sciences and science.  The University offers over 300 different career oriented courses and degrees at undergraduate, postgraduate (coursework and research) and short term/semester levels. 


As a leading research university, JCU provides excellent facilities for teaching and learning.  The unique location of James Cook University allows nationally significant and internationally recongised research to be conducted by both staff and students.  Much research focus is based on the industries and environments of northern Australia, including marine biology, biodiversity, tropical environmental studies, earth sciences/geology, engineering, tropical health and tourism. JCU receives more than $27 million in research funding each year, is a member of the national alliance, Innovative Research Universities and has as its vision to be one of the world's leading research universities in the tropics.

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