Academic Ranking of World Universities

James Cook University
English Name: James Cook University
Region: Oceania
Country/Region: Australia
Found Year: 1961
Address: 1 James Cook Drive

Current Circumstances

James Cook University was established to conduct teaching and research on areas of importance to North Queensland and the tropics world-wide.  Our focus is on producing graduates who have the expertise and intellectual curiosity to make a difference in their profession and their communities and conducting the research needed to meet the challenges facing the tropical world.  We are also committed to producing the professional workforce for under-served communities and providing access and opportunity to those who may not have previously been able to access higher education. Started in 1960 in Townsville as a University College of The University of Queensland and established as a university in 1970, James Cook University has since expanded into a multi-campus institution with the largest campuses located in Townsville and Cairns. Our footprint now extends beyond northern Queensland to include our Singapore Campus which combines research and teaching and demonstrates our commitment to the Asian region and internationalisation, particularly in the tropics. JCU also has a presence in Brisbane by means of a campus operated by Russo Higher Education. At JCU staff and students benefit from our tropical location to conduct at or above world standard research in the following areas: environmental science and management; fisheries sciences; geochemistry, geology, evolutionary biology, plant biology, zoology; tourism; inorganic chemistry, oceanography; physical geography and environmental geoscience; biochemistry and cell biology; genetics; materials engineering; immunology; neurosciences; nursing; specialist studies in education; anthropology; human geography; linguistics; and historical studies. The University is rated in the top 4% of universities in the world in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Also known as the Shanghai Jiao Tong World Rankings), an achievement equaled/surpassed by only two other Queensland Universities. We recognise that the University is judged not only on its quality but equally on its relevance and impact beyond academia. Accordingly we commit ourselves to research of excellence and high impact, particularly on issues of critical importance to the world’s tropics. We recognise our obligation to engage with industry and government, commercialise our research findings and achieve critical mass through productive research partnerships with other research organisations. JCU is a site and catalyst for innovation and understanding. Our teaching is high-quality, innovative and engaging to students. Our approach is characterised by personal contact with students and we provide alternate modes of delivery responsive to their needs, in a contemporary learning environment, ensuring contact with teachers and other students. JCU is a contemporary and dynamic institution and a major driver of economic growth and social change in northern Queensland, as well as having international impact and reach. JCU recognises its “power of place” and engages with all its communities and industry to promote a sustainable region that is socially inclusive. As northern Queensland is a site for a first and second roll-out of the National Broadband network, JCU will work with the Government to maximize the opportunities that the NBN presents to reduce the disadvantage of distance and provide opportunities for students to access education and resources.


Our Strategic Intent -


Creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference.


Comprehensive, but focused


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.


One university • Two countries •Three tropical campuses Cairns • Singapore • Townsville

Total Enrollment:11870
           International Students:3719(31%)
Undergraduate Enrollment:9499
           International Students:2060(22%)
Graduate Enrollment:2371
           International Students:1659(70%)

Undergraduate Programs
           Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology)
           Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology)
           Bachelor of Arts (Chinese)
           Bachelor of Arts (Chinese)
           Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Cinema)
           Bachelor of Arts (Criminology)
           Bachelor of Arts (English)
           Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Studies)
           Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Studies)
           Bachelor of Arts (French Advanced)
           Bachelor of Arts (French Advanced)
           Bachelor of Arts (French Foundation)
           Bachelor of Arts (French Foundation)
           Bachelor of Arts (Geography)
           Bachelor of Arts (Geography)
           Bachelor of Arts (German)
           Bachelor of Arts (German)
           Bachelor of Arts (History)
           Bachelor of Arts (Human Services)
           Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Australian Studies)
           Bachelor of Arts (Italian)
           Bachelor of Arts (Italian)
           Bachelor of Arts (Japanese Advanced)
           Bachelor of Arts (Japanese Advanced)
           Bachelor of Arts (Japanese Foundation)
           Bachelor of Arts (Japanese Foundation)
           Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)
           Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)
           Bachelor of Arts (Media and Writing)
           Bachelor of Arts (Media and Writing)
           Bachelor of Arts (Political Science)
           Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
           Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
           Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations)
           Bachelor of Arts (Screen Studies)
           Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)
           Bachelor of Arts (Writing)
           Bachelor of Arts (Writing)
           Bachelor of Arts with Honours
           Bachelor of Arts with Honours-Bachelor of Laws with Honours
           Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Laws with Honours
           Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Social Work with Honours
           Bachelor of Biomedical Science with Honours
           Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences
           Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences
           Bachelor of Biotechnology
           Bachelor of Biotechnology
           Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
           Bachelor of Business (Economics)
           Bachelor of Business (Financial Management)
           Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management)
           Bachelor of Business (Human Resources Management)
           Bachelor of Business (International Business)
           Bachelor of Business (Management)
           Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
           Bachelor of Business (Multidisciplinary Major)
           Bachelor of Business (Sports and Events Management)
           Bachelor of Business (Tourism Management)
           Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science
           Bachelor of Business Secondary Major (Business Law)
           Bachelor of Business Secondary Major (Communication Design)
           Bachelor of Business Secondary Major (Public Relations Management)
           Bachelor of Business with Honours
           Bachelor of Business with Honours-Bachelor of Laws with Honours
           Bachelor of Business with Honours-Bachelor of Psychology with Honours
           Bachelor of Business-Bachelor of Laws with Honours
           Bachelor of Business-Bachelor of Psychology with Honours
           Bachelor of Commerce with Honours
           Bachelor of Communication Design with Honours
           Bachelor of Creative Industries (Media Design)
           Bachelor of Creative Industries (Performance)
           Bachelor of Creative Industries (Visual Arts)
           Bachelor of Creative Industries with Honours
           Bachelor of Dental Surgery
           Bachelor of Economics with Honours
           Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
           Bachelor of Education (Middle School)
           Bachelor of Education (Primary Education)
           Bachelor of Education (Primary Physical Education)
           Bachelor of Education (Primary Ratep)
           Bachelor of Education (Primary Special Needs)
           Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education)
           Bachelor of Education (Secondary Physical Education)
           Bachelor of Education (Secondary Vocational Education)
           Bachelor of Education Professional Development (Early Childhood)
           Bachelor of Education Professional Development (Primary)
           Bachelor of Education Professional Development (Secondary)
           Bachelor of Education with Honours
           Bachelor of Education with Honours [24Cp]
           Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)
           Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering)
           Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems Engineering)
           Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems Engineering)
           Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic)
           Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)
           Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
           Bachelor of Engineering with Honours-Bachelor of Science
           Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Clinical)
           Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Clinical) with Honours
           Bachelor of Geology
           Bachelor of Geology with Honours
           Bachelor of Hospitality Management with Honours
           Bachelor of Information Technology (Business Informatics)
           Bachelor of Information Technology (Computing and Networking)
           Bachelor of Information Technology (Interactive Technologies and Game Design)
           Bachelor of Information Technology with Honours
           Bachelor of Languages (Chinese Foundation)
           Bachelor of Languages (French Advanced)
           Bachelor of Languages (French Foundation)
           Bachelor of Languages (German Foundation)
           Bachelor of Languages (Italian Foundation)
           Bachelor of Languages (Japanese Advanced)
           Bachelor of Languages (Japanese Foundation)
           Bachelor of Languages with Honours
           Bachelor of Laws
           Bachelor of Laws (Graduate)
           Bachelor of Laws (Graduate) with Honours
           Bachelor of Laws with Honours
           Bachelor of Marine Science with Honours
           Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
           Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science with Honours
           Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science with Honours [24Cp]
           Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours
           Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
           Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery with Honours
           Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism
           Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism
           Bachelor of Music with Honours
           Bachelor of New Media Arts (Contemporary Theatre)
           Bachelor of New Media Arts (Illustration and Visual Media)
           Bachelor of New Media Arts (Media Design)
           Bachelor of New Media Arts (Music and Sound Media)
           Bachelor of New Media Arts (Photomedia)
           Bachelor of New Media Arts with Honours
           Bachelor of Nursing Science (Graduate)
           Bachelor of Nursing Science (Post-Registration)
           Bachelor of Nursing Science (Pre-Registration)
           Bachelor of Nursing Science (Pre-Registration) Flexible Delivery
           Bachelor of Nursing Science with Honours
           Bachelor of Nursing Science-Bachelor of Midwifery
           Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
           Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Flexible Delivery)
           Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Graduate)
           Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Post-Qualification)
           Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours
           Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours [24Cp]
           Bachelor of Pharmacy
           Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours
           Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours [24Cp]
           Bachelor of Photography with Honours
           Bachelor of Physiotherapy
           Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours
           Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours [24Cp]
           Bachelor of Planning
           Bachelor of Planning with Honours
           Bachelor of Psychology
           Bachelor of Psychology
           Bachelor of Psychology with Honours
           Bachelor of Psychology with Honours [24Cp]
           Bachelor of Science (Aquaculture)
           Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry/Molecular Biology)
           Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)
           Bachelor of Science (Ecology and Conservation)
           Bachelor of Science (Environmental & Marine Geosciences)
           Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)
           Bachelor of Science (Genetics and Genomics)
           Bachelor of Science (Geography)
           Bachelor of Science (Geology)
           Bachelor of Science (Hydrology and Water Resources)
           Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology Advanced)
           Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology)
           Bachelor of Science (Mathematics)
           Bachelor of Science (Microbiology)
           Bachelor of Science (Natural Resource Management)
           Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology)
           Bachelor of Science (Physics)
           Bachelor of Science (Physiology and Pharmacology)
           Bachelor of Science (Physiology and Pharmacology)
           Bachelor of Science (Physiology)
           Bachelor of Science (Plant Science)
           Bachelor of Science (Zoology)
           Bachelor of Science Advanced (Aquaculture)
           Bachelor of Science Advanced (Biochemistry/Molecular Biology)
           Bachelor of Science Advanced (Chemistry)
           Bachelor of Science Advanced (Ecology and Conservation)
           Bachelor of Science Advanced (Environmental & Marine Geosciences)
           Bachelor of Science Advanced (Environmental Science)
           Bachelor of Science Advanced (Genetics and Genomics)
           Bachelor of Science Advanced (Geography)
           Bachelor of Science Advanced (Geology)
           Bachelor of Science Advanced (Hydrology and Water Resources)
           Bachelor of Science Advanced (Mathematics)
           Bachelor of Science Advanced (Microbiology)
           Bachelor of Science Advanced (Natural Resource Management)
           Bachelor of Science Advanced (Pharmacology)
           Bachelor of Science Advanced (Physics)
           Bachelor of Science Advanced (Physiology and Pharmacology)
           Bachelor of Science Advanced (Physiology)
           Bachelor of Science Advanced (Plant Science)
           Bachelor of Science Advanced (Zoology)
           Bachelor of Science with Honours
           Bachelor of Science with Honours-Bachelor of Laws with Honours
           Bachelor of Science-Bachelor of Laws with Honours
           Bachelor of Social Science (Asia-Pacific Governance and Development)
           Bachelor of Social Science (Environment and Heritage)
           Bachelor of Social Science (Planning)
           Bachelor of Social Science (Social and Criminal Justice)
           Bachelor of Social Science (Tropical Health and Society)
           Bachelor of Social Science with Honours
           Bachelor of Social Work
           Bachelor of Social Work with Honours
           Bachelor of Social Work with Honours [24Cp]
           Bachelor of Social Work with Honours-Bachelor of Laws
           Bachelor of Social Work with Honours-Bachelor of Laws with Honours
           Bachelor of Social Work-Bachelor of Laws with Honours
           Bachelor of Speech Pathology
           Bachelor of Speech Pathology with Honours
           Bachelor of Speech Pathology with Honours [24Cp]
           Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science
           Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science with Honours
           Bachelor of Sustainability (Business)
           Bachelor of Sustainability (Science)
           Bachelor of Sustainability (Social Science)
           Bachelor of Theatre with Honours
           Bachelor of Tourism Management with Honours
           Bachelor of Veterinary Science
           Bachelor of Veterinary Science
           Bachelor of Veterinary Science with Honours
           Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours
Master's Degree Programs
           Master of Administration (Tourism)-
           Master of Administration (Tourism)-
           Master of Advanced Nursing Practice
           Master of Arts-General
           Master of Arts-Journalism
           Master of Arts-Writing
           Master of Astronomy
           Master of Biomedical Science (Research)
           Master of Biomedical Science (Research)
           Master of Biomedical Sciences
           Master of Biomedical Sciences
           Master of Business Administration (General Stream)
           Master of Business Administration-Dispute Resolution
           Master of Business Administration-Dispute Resolution
           Master of Business Administration-Human Resource Management
           Master of Business Administration-International Tourism
           Master of Business Administration-Managerial Accounting
           Master of Business Administration-Marketing
           Master of Conflict and Dispute Resolution
           Master of Conflict and Dispute Resolution - MBA
           Master of Conflict and Dispute Resolution - MBA
           Master of Creative Arts
           Master of Development Practice
           Master of Economics
           Master of Economics (Research)
           Master of Economics (Research)
           Master of Education-General Education
           Master of Education-Sustainability
           Master of Education-Sustainability
           Master of Guidance and Counselling
           Master of Information Technology (Extended)-Business Informatics
           Master of Information Technology (Extended)-Computing and Networking
           Master of Information Technology (Extended)-Interactive Technologies and Game Design
           Master of Information Technology (Extended)-MBA
           Master of Information Technology (Research)
           Master of Information Technology (Research)
           Master of Information Technology-Business Informatics
           Master of Information Technology-Computing and Networking
           Master of Information Technology-Interactive Technologies and Game Design
           Master of Information Technology-MBA
           Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management
           Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management-MBA
           Master of Laws (Research)
           Master of Medicine
           Master of Midwifery (Endorsed Midwife)
           Master of Music
           Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
           Master of Nursing Leadership
           Master of Nursing Science (Research)
           Master of Nursing Studies
           Master of Occupational Therapy
           Master of Occupational Therapy (Research)
           Master of Pharmaceutical Public Health
           Master of Pharmacy
           Master of Philosophy
           Master of Philosophy - Business
           Master of Philosophy - Business
           Master of Philosophy - Creative Arts
           Master of Philosophy - Science
           Master of Physiotherapy
           Master of Professional Accounting
           Master of Professional Accounting-MBA
           Master of Psychology-Clinical
           Master of Psychology-Clinical
           Master of Psychology-Forensic
           Master of Psychology-Forensic
           Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
           Master of Public Health-Aeromedical Retrieval
           Master of Public Health-Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness
           Master of Public Health-Communicable Disease Control
           Master of Public Health-Health Promotion
           Master of Public Health-MBA
           Master of Public Health-MBA
           Master of Rehabilitation (Physio)
           Master of Rural and Remote Medicine
           Master of Science (Aquaculture)
           Master of Science (Environmental Earth Science)
           Master of Science (Environmental Marine Science)
           Master of Science (Geology)
           Master of Science (Marine Biology)
           Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics)
           Master of Science (Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences)
           Master of Science (Natural Resource Management)
           Master of Science (Physics)
           Master of Science (Protected Area Management)
           Master of Science (Tropical Agriculture)
           Master of Science (Tropical Ecology and Conservation)
           Master of Science (Tropical Marine Ecology and Fisheries Biology)
           Master of Social Science (Human Services)
           Master of Social Science-Asia Pacific Governance and Development
           Master of Social Science-Criminology
           Master of Social Science-Environment and Heritage
           Master of Social Science-Environment and Heritage
           Master of Social Science-Indigenous Studies
           Master of Social Science-Women'S Studies
           Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)
           Master of Speech Pathology (Research)
           Master of Sport and Exercise Science
           Master of Tropical Animal Science
           Master of Tropical Animal Science
           Master of Tropical Animal Science (Research)
           Master of Tropical Urban and Regional Planning
           Master of Tropical Veterinary Science
           Master of Tropical Veterinary Science
           Master of Tropical Veterinary Science (Research)
           Master of Tropical Veterinary Science (Research)
           Minerals Geoscience Masters
Doctoral Programs
           Doctor of Astronomy
           Doctor of Clinical Dentistry
           Doctor of Education
           Doctor of Health Professional Education
           Doctor of Medical Education
           Doctor of Nursing Science
           Doctor of Philosophy (Arts and Social Sciences)
           Doctor of Philosophy (Business)
           Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Arts)
           Doctor of Philosophy (Education)
           Doctor of Philosophy (Law)
           Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences)
           Doctor of Philosophy (Science)
           Doctor of Psychology-Clinical
           Doctor of Psychology-Clinical
           Doctor of Psychology-Clinical Geropsychology
           Doctor of Psychology-Clinical Geropsychology
           Doctor of Psychology-Forensic
           Doctor of Psychology-Forensic
           Doctor of Psychology-Forensic and Clinical
           Doctor of Psychology-Forensic and Clinical
           Doctor of Public Health
           Doctor of Public Health Studies

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Performance in Academic Ranking of World Universities by Broad Subject Fields
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