James Cook University: Born for the Tropics

One of the world’s leading institutions focusing on the tropics, Australia’s James Cook University is surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rain forests of the wet tropics, the dry savannahs, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef. The university’s unique location enables students from Australia and overseas to study in a diverse physical environment unparalleled by any university in the world.



Born for the tropics
Ranked in the top 2 percent of the world’s tertiary institutions by the respected 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 worldwide, 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 underserved populations.

A comprehensive university
Since its establishment in 1970, JCU has expanded into a multi-campus institution with its main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville, with smaller study centres in Mount Isa, Thursday Island and Mackay. JCU also has a campus in Brisbane, operated by Russo Higher Education.

JCU students come from many backgrounds, promoting a rich cultural and experiential diversity on campus. Undergraduate and postgraduate courses span the Arts, Biomedical Sciences, Business, Creative Media, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Healthcare Sciences, Information Technology, Law, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Pharmacy, Planning, Psychological Science, Science, Social Work, Sustainability and Veterinary Science. The university aims to give graduates the qualifications and skills they need for the global workforce.

Relevant to the region
JCU also recognises their special obligation to be relevant to their region and have forged close linkages into the economy and social fabric of the northern Queensland. JCU is dedicated to ensuring that its teaching, learning and research is not only of high quality, but also delivers practical benefits to the peoples and industries of the region.


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