James Cook University (JCU)

James Cook University (JCU) creates a brighter future for life in the Tropics worldwide, through graduates and discoveries that make a difference. JCU is ranked in the top 250 in the 2021 Times Higher Education World Universities Rankings. As a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef with research and teaching focused on sustainability, conservation and innovation, JCU is ranked 1st in the world for Marine and Freshwater Biology and is 2nd in the world for Biodiversity Conservation (Centre for World University Rankings 2017 subject rankings). JCU’s comprehensive range of courses span a diverse set of study areas at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Courses in tropical health and medicine encourage the development of skills in serving regional and remote communities across Australia and the world. Courses in tropical environments and societies equip graduates to develop stronger economies and to pioneer innovation for global environments and societies.With a strong focus on producing career-ready graduates, JCU is rated five stars for full-time employment outcomes, skills development, learner engagement, student support and social equity (Good Universities Guide 2021). Students learn in world-class facilities with expert academics who are committed to their success. Throughout their study, students gain the knowledge and skills required to excel.JCU is a leader in teaching and research, addressing the critical challenges facing the Tropics worldwide. The contributions of JCU researchers have resulted in 83 per cent of JCU’s research fields being rated world-class or above, with eight research areas rated well above world standard (ERA 2019). JCU has specialist centres and institutes that serve as hubs for research and innovation both on-campus and around North Queensland. Students at JCU learn from dedicated staff who have designed courses to include placements and extensive hands-on experience. Students put their knowledge and skills to the test in locations such as tropical islands, outback research stations, rural and remote clinics, and overseas. JCU maintains strong links with industry, government, and research partners to ensure courses are industry relevant and beneficial to students’ future career opportunities.JCU’s study and lifestyle opportunities are strongly tied to the tropical locations and focus of the university. Main campuses include JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas, and JCU Cairns, Ngumba-bada campus, Smithfield, as well as JCU Singapore. Study centres include JCU Brisbane, JCU Mt Isa, Murtupuni campus, JCU Mackay, JCU Rockhampton and JCU Thursday Island.

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