James Cook University Profile

James Cook University (JCU) is Australia’s leading tropical research university and Queensland’s second oldest university with strong reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It is a member of the select group, Innovative Research Universities Australia, one of only three university alliances recognised by the peak body Universities Australia.

JCU has the following faculties: Faculty of Law, Business & Creative Arts; Faculty of Arts, Education & Social Sciences; Faculty of Medicine, Health & Molecular Sciences; Faculty of Science & Engineering.

In 2006 the School of Engineering was awarded professional accreditation by Engineers Australia, and the Bachelor of Marine Science gained a 5-year accreditation from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, the first university program to gain this level of accreditation outside of Europe.

Awards and Ranking Profile:

- James Cook University is one of only 17 of Australia’s 38 universities made the list of the top 500 Universities in the world according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2010. The ARWU is an independent assessment published by the Institute of Higher Education of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and ranks universities by several indicators of academic or research performance.

- James Cook University is recognised as one of Queensland’s top universities according to the 2010 edition of the Good Universities Guide. In a number of key areas, the University is equal with the best in Australia achieving a five-star rating. The Guide gave JCU its top rating in graduates getting a full time job, positive graduate outcomes, access by equity groups, indigenous participation, and gender balance.

- Ranked in the world’s top 400 universities and in the top 100 in Asia and the Pacific (ARWU 2008)

- Seven JCU academics won national Carrick Award citations for Australian university teaching in 2008.

- The University is featured in the world top 500 in the ranking by Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan (2007).

- James Cook University is ranked in the top 10 universities in Australia for Science (Melbourne Institute 2006).

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