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EduTrust Star

In 2015, James Cook University earned the distinction of being the first private education institution to attain an EduTrust Star quality mark from the Council for Private Education (CPE).


James Cook University is located in Cairns, Singapore and Townsville, with study centres in Mackay, Mount Isa, Thursday Island, Atherton and Malanda.


James Cook University was established to conduct teaching and research on areas of importance to the tropics. Our focus is on producing graduates who have the expertise to make a difference in their profession and their communities. We are also committed to providing the professional workforce for under-served communities and providing access and opportunity to those people who may not have previously been able to access higher education.


At James Cook University our high quality research informs our teaching. Staff and students benefit from our tropical location in being able to conduct nationally and internationally significant research in environmental science and management, marine science, ecology, biology and biochemistry, geosciences, tropical health and medicine, high speed wind engineering, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, linguistics, and tourism studies. Our extensive network of research stations and facilities includes sites on two UNESCO World Heritage areas – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet tropics rainforests of Northern Queensland.


James Cook University Australia is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world based on the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2019, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The Centre for World University Rankings has ranked JCU No.1 in the world for Marine and Freshwater Biology and No.2 in the world for Biodiversity Conservation. JCU is the top institution in the world for citations in coral reef science according to ISI essential science indicators. In 2016 JCU ranked 2nd in Australia, and 22nd in the World, for Environment/Ecology reputation and research in the U.S. News & World Report-Best Global Univeristy Rankings. In 2016 JCU ranked 1st in Australia for Life and Earth Sciences in the citations based Leiden rankings.