James Cook University (JCU) was ranked in the top 300 universities in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities and in the 2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings; and ranked 1st in the world for Marine and Freshwater biology, and 2nd in the world for biodiversity conservation in the Centre for World University Rankings 2017 subject rankings. JCU is the highest cited institution in the world for coral reef science (Scopus, 2011- 2015). JCU was ranked 2nd in Australia and equal 15th in the world (tied with Princeton University) for environment/ecology in the US News and Global Report - Best Global Universities Ranking 2017. JCU has received five stars for job success over the past seven years (Good Universities Guide 2017). JCU's study and lifestyle opportunities are tied strongly to the tropical locations and focus of the University. Main campuses are in Cairns, Singapore and Townsville, with study centres located in Mackay, Mt Isa, Thursday Island. A Brisbane campus is operated by Russo Higher Education. JCU is a leader in teaching and research, addressing the critical challenges facing the Tropics worldwide. There are specialist centres and institutes based at JCU, serving as hubs for research and innovation. Students learn from dedicated staff who have designed courses to include field trips to tropical islands, outback research stations and rural locations. In 2015, JCU was awarded four prestigious National Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. JCU maintains strong links with industry, government and research partners to ensure courses are current and globally relevant. JCU's comprehensive range of courses includes around 80 undergraduate and 90 postgraduate offerings, spanning arts, business, dentistry, education, engineering, health sciences, information technology, law, medicine, planning, social sciences, social work, veterinary science, and science - a flagship area.