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James Cook University

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As Australia’s only university established to focus on the issues of Northern Australia and the Tropics worldwide, JCU is dedicated to helping the world’s tropical regions to prosper. From ground-breaking research and discoveries to milestones in education, JCU is continually growing and forging a brighter future for the Tropics.

History

  • 1950 - The beginning of a legacy
  • 1960 - Building a strong foundation: From fundraising to official openings and graduations
  • 1970 - A royal visit, a cyclone strikes and world-class research paves the way
  • 1980 - Research goes into uncharted waters while doors open farther north
  • 1990 - Offerings grow and educational opportunities broaden

Education

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Research

JCU 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 under-served populations.

Our aim is to position ourselves as a national and international leader in teaching and research addressing critical challenges facing the tropics worldwide.

Career

As you progress through your degree, aim to acquire the skills, knowledge, experiences, and attributes that give you the edge. Here are our recommendations of actions that will help you maximise your graduate employability and achieve your career goals. Start now, complete as many as you can and take charge of your career.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

Student Success Officers provide personalised referrals and assistance for all students at JCU, to enable the achievement of personal and educational goals, retention and success at university.

Housing services

Live in the heart of uni where you’ll become mates with a great bunch of people from all over Australia, from all over the world! Experience our chill, relaxed NQ lifestyle at JCU Townsville and JCU Cairns, or be in the centre of the action at JCU Brisbane as you begin your journey to your new career. You’ll create your own stories, and memories for life, in a safe, secure environment.

Library services

If the range of materials is overwhelming or you're unfamiliar with literature searching a good starting point is our InfoSkills Toolkit.

  • Journal Articles
  • Physical Items
  • eBooks
  • Journals
  • Subject Specific Resources
  • JCU Research Outputs
  • Browser Add-In
  • Databases
  • Open Access Resources

ICT services

Our friendly IT Help Desk team are here to help you with all your IT questions and support needs and can be reached Monday through Friday, from 8am to 6pm AEST (closed weekends and Public Holidays). There are four ways that you can get in touch with us, so choose the method that suits you best.

Medical services

The University is committed to enhancing student access, participation and success in higher education and embracing the diversity of the communities we serve. We acknowledge our responsibility to support mental health and wellness as part of our core business.

Campus life

The JCU Townsville, Douglas campus has been named Bebegu Yumba, which means “Place of Learning” in the Birri-Gubba language.

JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus is located in the Townsville Tropical Intelligence and Health Precinct (TropiQ) in the suburb of Douglas. Set in a 386-hectare natural bush and parkland setting, 13 kilometres (8 miles) from the Townsville CBD, the campus houses around 1,400 students in colleges and halls of residence. Over 13,000 students are part of the JCU Townsville community, including approximately 1,500 international students.

Sports facilities

The JCUSA Fitness is a health and recreational environment that helps bring your fitness ambitions to life. More than just a gym, it is a place where community interaction is encouraged with all our facilities.

We have a gym facility on both the Townsville and Cairns campus. Please click on the image below for more info on your campus gym. 

Student clubs

The Student Association has a number of recognised Clubs & Societies that include sporting, recreational and faculty groups.

Clubs & Societies play an active role in the University community by providing students the opportunity to meet people with common interests and to pursue those interests.

The Student Association offers financial and administrative support to these organisations and students are encouraged to join existing clubs or start their own. If you require more information on the operation of a club please contact the Townsville Campus Officer or Cairns Campus Officer.

Townsville, Queensland, Australia

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