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James Cook University Brisbane

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1961
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 349 Queen Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 4000
    • Phone:
    • +61730017800
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of James Cook University 

James Cook University (JCU) is a public university and is the second oldest university in Queensland, Australia. It is a teaching and research institution. The University's main campuses are located in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville. JCU also has study centres in Mount Isa, Mackay, and Thursday Island. A Brisbane campus, operated by Russo Higher Education, delivers undergraduate and postgraduate courses to international students. The University’s main fields of research include marine sciences, biodiversity, sustainable management of tropical ecosystems, genetics and genomics, tropical health care, tourism and engineering. 

 Academic Highlights

Today the university offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in arts, humanities and social work; business, law and governance; creative media; education; engineering and planning; healthcare, rehabilitation and psychology; medicine, dentistry and pharmacy; public health; science, including marine biology and environmental science; and veterinary science. 

Life in James Cook University

Student Services is your ‘one stop shop’ for all university related enquirers. Whether it’s fee payment, timetable inquiries, course or subject changes, transport information and any other general assistance – we’re here to help. We’ll be here from the start of your journey guiding you through enrollments and Orientation week, all the way through to Graduation and obtaining your final academic transcript. The Student Mentor Program is a volunteer program designed to connect students with student mentors. Students may want a mentor for a number of reasons so we have two different types of mentors, Buddy Mentor and Study Mentor. Both of these mentors aim to guide you so you can get the most out of your experience here at JCU Brisbane. Whether you are new to Brisbane, new to university or you just want to hone your study, leadership or people skills, the JCU Brisbane Student Mentor Program is here to help.    The JCU Brisbane Student Association is a team of student leaders who form a bridge of communication between the students and JCU Brisbane staff. The JCU Brisbane Student Association has been instrumental in bringing about significant changes around the campus through the following objectives:

School Ranking

As of 2019, JCU has been awarded five stars for job success by the Good Universities Guide. In 2015, JCU Singapore earned the distinction of being the first private education institution to attain the EduTrust Star quality mark from the Singapore Government. JCU was ranked within the top 300 academic universities worldwide in 2018, and has consistently ranked in the top 400 since 2010, as measured by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)[26] JCU achieved position 367 in the QS World Rankings in 2016. For 2018, JCU ranked in the top two percent of universities in the world by ARWU. In 2017, JCU was ranked No. 1 in the world for Marine & Freshwater Biology and No. 2 in the world for Biodiversity Conservation. In 2018, JCU was ranked 28th of the world’s universities aged 50 years or under. In the Commonwealth Government's Excellence in Research for Australia 2015 National Report, JCU research received the highest ranking of 'well above world standard' (rating 5) in the areas of environmental sciences, geology, physical geography and environmental geoscience, ecology, plant biology, medical microbiology, and neurosciences.The University also received an 'above world standard' (rating 4) ranking for research in the areas of Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences, and History and Archaeology.


 Notable Alumni

  • Paul Amato, Professor at Pennsylvania State University and researcher, among the 1% most cited scientists of 2004 according to Thomson Reuters' Highly Cited Researchers[46]
  • Rachel Carling-Jenkins, Australian politician
  • Josh Clarke, US Hockey player
  • David Crisafulli, Australian politician

 Acceptance Rate

The university is home to 21, 000 students from more than 100 countries. Students can choose from a wide variety of subjects and courses that include environmental management, health studies, medicine, law and social sciences, to name a few. Students can be assured of high-quality teaching and personalized attention from faculty, with an excellent student-to-teacher ratio. 

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