James Cook University (JCU) is a top leading tropical research university based in Townsville, Queensland (Australia). It is Queensland’s second oldest university with main campuses located in the coastal northern Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns, and a capital city campus in Brisbane and an international campus in Singapore (JCUS). The Singapore Campus has been awarded the Singapore Quality Class award for Private Education Organizations.

JCU is organised into the following Faculties and Schools:
- Faculty of Art, Education and Social Sciences (School of Art and Social Sciences; School of Education; School of Indigenous Australian Studies).
- Faculty of Law, Business & Creative Arts (School of Law; School of Business; School of Creative Arts).
- Faculty of Medicine, Health & Molecular Sciences (School of Medicine and Dentistry; Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health; School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition; School of Pharmacy and Molecular Sciences; School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences; School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences).
- Faculty of Science & Engineering (Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research; School of Earth and Environmental Science; School of Engineering and Physical Sciences; School of Marine and Tropical Biology).

James Cook University has been consistently placed in the top five tropical universities of the world for research performance in the areas of ecology/environment, plant and animal science, geosciences, coral reef science and tourism. It is a member of the Innovative Research Universities Australia.

Rankings:

- It is one of two Queensland universities and one of only 17 Australian universities made the list of the top 500 Universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking of World Universities 2009.

- James Cook University is ranked 355th globally in the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings 2009.

- JCU is one of only 17 Australian institutions to feature in the top 400 universities in the world in the ARWU 2008. In the Asia-Pacific region, JCU is placed within the top 70.

- Awarded 5-star rating for Educational Experience – Graduate Rating (Good Universities Guide 2007).

- It is one of only 13 Australian universities to feature in the top 500 in the ranking by Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan (2007).

- It is one of only 15 Australian universities made the list of the top 500 Universities in the world (ARWU 2007).

- James Cook University is ranked 1st in the world for citations in the field of coral reef ecology (www.esi-topics.com/coralreef), and is in the top 3 in its fields of research strength in ecology and environment, plant and animal sciences, and geosciences.

- The Tourism programs are recognised by the World Tourism Organisation (WTO). It is also placed among the top 12 tourism education institutions in the world.

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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