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Vice Chancellor's Welcome

James Cook University is contemporary and dynamic, and the second oldest university in Queensland. We are a research intensive university established over forty years ago as Australia's university for the tropics. Our focus is on producing graduates who have the expertise and intellectual curiosity to make a difference in their profession and their communities and on conducting the research needed to meet the challenges facing the tropical world.

You can be confident about choosing James Cook University as your University. We have been ranked among the best universities in the world for the strength of our teaching programs and the high calibre of our research.  In 2010, 2011 and again in 2012, JCU was ranked among the top 4% of universities in the world and top 100 in the Asia-Pacific region by the respected Academic Ranking of World Universities* .  JCU is also internationally renowned for its reasearch in areas including ecology and environment, disaster management, tropical health and medicine, geology, tourism and Indigenous education.

As a James Cook University student you will have many opportunities. You will gain skills and discover new ideas, subjects, people and possibilities. You will learn how to build on the core expertise you acquire and be able to adapt to the demands of a changing world.

James Cook University Brisbane, a campus operated by Russo Higher Education in Queensland's capital city of Brisbane, provides high quality programs in business and information technology in a supportive study environment. Because this campus operates a trimester system, it is possible to complete your James Cook University degree in a shorter time. What's more, graduates are valued by employers for their combination of academic knowledge, practical expertise and sound commercial and technology skills.

I encourage you to join our vibrant learning community in Brisbane. We are committed to helping you reach your goals and take your place in the world.

Professor Sandra Harding
Vice-Chancellor and President

 

*Academic Ranking of World Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, 2012