James Cook University (JCU) is creating a brighter future for life in the Tropics.
Ranked in the top 2 percent of universities in the world (2023 THE World University Rankings and 2022 Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities as a percentage of higher education providers in the IAU), JCU provides career-focused courses and leading research excellence to develop graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience to thrive in a global workforce.
Since offering its first courses in Townsville in 1961, the university has grown to become a research-intensive university with more than 20,000 students from 111 countries, and 4,116 staff. Located in the Northern Queensland cities of Cairns and Townsville, and with metropolitan campus in Singapore and Brisbane, JCU offers state-of-the-art facilities and outstanding student support.
JCU students and researchers have opportunities to work and learn in spectacular locations, including the Australian Outback and the UNESCO World-Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest.
JCU produces research of excellence and high impact, particularly on issues of importance to the Tropics. JCU is rated as world-class or better in 38 areas of research1, including No.40 in the world for ecology2, and in the top 100 in the world for mining and mineral engineering3.
JCU's research centres, including the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and the Cairns Institute, conduct internationally recognised research in fields including ecology and environment, plant and animal science, geosciences, coral reef science, tropical health and medicine, and tourism.
- 1 Excellence in Research Australia 2018
- 2 2023 US News Best Global Universities Rankings
- 3 2023 QS World University Rankings