One of the world's leading institutions focusing on the tropics, Australia's James Cook University is surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the Wet tropics, the dry savannahs, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef. Our unique location enables students from Australia and overseas to study in a diverse physical environment unparalleled by any university in the world.
Born for the tropics
Ranked in the top 2 percent of the world's tertiary institutions by the respected Academic Ranking of World Universities produced by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, James Cook University is dedicated to creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide, through graduates and discoveries that make a difference.
Dedicated to research
The University 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.
A comprehensive university
Since our establishment in 1970, we have expanded into a multi-campus institution with our main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville, with smaller study centres in Mount Isa, Thursday Island and Mackay. We also have a campus in Brisbane, operated by Russo Higher Education.
Our students come from many backgrounds, promoting a rich cultural and experiential diversity on campus. Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses span the Arts, Biomedical Sciences, Business, Creative Media, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Healthcare Sciences, Information Technology, Law, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Pharmacy, Planning, Psychological Science, Science, Social Work, Sustainability and Veterinary Science. We aim to give graduates the qualifications and skills they need for the global workforce.
Relevant to our region
We also recognise our special obligation to be relevant to our own region and have forged close linkages into the economy and social fabric of the northern Queensland. We are dedicated to ensuring that our teaching, learning and research is not only of high quality, but also delivers practical benefits to the peoples and industries of the region.
Faculties & Schools
- Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Centre
- College of Arts, Society and Education
- College of Business, Law and Governance
- College of Healthcare Sciences
- College of Marine and Environmental Sciences
- College of Medicine and Dentistry
- College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences
- College of Science, Technology and Engineering
The JCU Accommodation Office is a resource available to all JCU students looking for on or off-campus housing. The Accommodation Office assists students with the application process for living on-campus in Townsville and provides information to students wishing to live off campus. James Cook University facilitate this website which is a database of privately owned and managed housing options in both Townsville and Cairns.
Statement of Strategic Intent
Creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference.
Comprehensive, but focussed
We are a comprehensive University. Our teaching and research focuses on four themes:
- Tropical Ecosystems and Environment
- Industries and Economies in the Tropics
- Peoples and Societies in the Tropics
- Tropical Health, Medicine and Biosecurity.
Place is powerful
The Tropics is our place: a vast geographic area that Aristotle called the Torrid Zone. Our three tropical campuses are complemented and extended by regional and remote study centres and research stations.
Students are at the heart of our University and we inspire them to make a difference in their fields of endeavour and in their communities by:
- Delivering high quality teaching and learning programs in a research-rich environment, and
- Fostering their professional expertise and intellectual curiosity. Our world-class research generates new knowledge and understanding to meet the challenges facing the peoples of the tropics.
Diversity and reconciliation
Embracing the diversity of the communities we serve in two countries, we work with them to create opportunities and enduring benefits for our region and beyond.
Acknowledging the First Nation peoples of the world, their rich cultures and their knowledge of the natural environment, we pay particular respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the traditional custodians of the lands and waters of Australia.
We are pledged to achieve genuine and sustainable reconciliation between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider community.
Committed to the principles of sustainability, we will ensure that our actions today do not limit the range of social, cultural, environmental and economic options open to future generations.
Values and Beliefs
Our actions are underpinned by our values and beliefs:
- Mutual Respect
- We recognise that knowledge has the power to change lives
- We ignite and support a passion for learning in our community
- We are enriched by and celebrate our communities’ diversity
- We understand that a sustainable environment is central to our lives and our work
- We uphold our commitments.
An international University as reflected in our people, our places, and our research, we take quiet pride in being recognised as a leading tertiary institution in Australia, our Asia-Pacific region and among the universities of the world.