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A defining feature of James Cook University is its tropical location and its research excellence in disciplines of particular relevance to the tropics

By Author  |  Prof. KP Singh  |  Published: 6th May 2019  12:40 amUpdated: 5th May 2019  1:50 pm
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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. Its unique location enables students from Australia and overseas to study in a diverse physical environment unparalleled by any university in the world.  Born of the traditional model of excellence in teaching and research, James Cook University has become a modern and dynamic university of truly global standing.

Queensland’s second oldest university, James Cook University is a multi-campus institution with its main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville. A Russo Higher Education-run campus in Brisbane offers courses for international students and has its study centres in Mount Isa, Thursday Island and Mackay.  Total student enrolments are more than 22,000 and growing, including over 7,000 international students from 100 countries. There are over 300 programs available to international students to study at JCU.

A leader in research addressing the critical challenges facing the tropics, world-wide, a defining feature of JCU is its tropical location and its research excellence in disciplines of particular relevance to the tropics; its main fields of research include marine sciences, biodiversity, sustainable management of tropical ecosystems, genetics and genomics, tropical health care, tourism and engineering.  JCU is home to more than 20 major research centres and institutes, including the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, The Cairns Institute and the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM).

JCU plays a key role in preparing the professional workforce for northern Australia, and the University offers a comprehensive suite of professionally accredited programs including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, veterinary sciences, psychology, nursing, sport and exercise science, engineering, law, education, and a range of programs in business, science, social science and humanities.

The University has an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research, with recognised strengths in environmental science and management; coral reef science, ecology, and fisheries sciences; geology; evolutionary biology; organic and inorganic chemistry; oceanography; physical geography and environmental geoscience; medical microbiology, tropical health and medicine, vector-borne diseases; immunology; archaeology; and linguistics.

JCU is ranked among the top 2 per cent of the world’s universities (Academic Ranking of World Universities). For the past eight years, The Good Universities Guide has awarded JCU five stars for graduate employment. Employers value JCU graduates for their combination of theoretical and practical experience, as well as their communication and technology skills.

The JCU Careers and Employment Service has offices on the Townsville and Cairns campuses. It offers student and graduate career advice, job application and career planning workshops, career information libraries, and an online job database, CareerHub.  The Service also organises an annual careers fair that brings major employers and industries to the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

James Cook University, Australia has launched two new courses or academic programmes targeted at Indian students. The University has launched two special programmes in India titled Masters of Global Development and Master of Data Science. This marks the foray of this international university into Indian Market. In addition to the launch of new programmes, JCU Australia also announced Innovative International Student Merit Stipends (ISMS) Scholarship Program, which provides recipients with a secure income of $700 every month throughout their degree programme period.

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