James Cook University is Australia's leading tropical research University. The University takes its name from the eighteenth century English navigator and explorer, James Cook. Cook's epic voyages in the southern hemisphere contributed significantly to the world of science. The University was proclaimed in Townsville on April 20, 1970.
JCU is a multi-campus university with the main sites located in the vibrant northern Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns. Smaller sites are located in Mackay and Mt Isa. Affiliated operations with Holmes Colleges are in Sydney and Melbourne.
JCU is a high-ranking research university with a strong focus on matters relating to the tropics. JCU enjoys an international profile, maintained and promoted through linkages with universities and research institutions world-wide.
JCU's main sites are located in tropical northern Queensland, a remarkable region where hundreds of thousands of visitors come each year to experience two World-Heritage-listed natural wonders - the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the rainforests of the Wet Tropics. The region also provides the gateway to the scenic Atherton Tablelands and the historic Queensland Outback. Townsville and Cairns are thriving coastal cities each with populations of over 100,000. JCU is renowned for its friendliness, good staff-student ratios, highly qualified teaching staff and effective support services.
Over 170 undergraduate and 120 postgraduate courses are offered at JCU, spanning the Arts, Business, the Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Science.
JCU provides its graduates with the qualifications and skills for entry into the global workforce. All degree programs emphasise the skills of critical thinking and problem solving, effective communication and familiarity with information technologies.
JCU works with local industries and professions to ensure that courses relate to employer needs. Work placement schemes feature in many degree programs, equipping graduates with valuable practical skills.