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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. Our unique location enables students from Australia and overseas to study in a diverse physical environment unparalleled by any university in the world. The University conducts nationally significant and internationally recognized research in marine sciences, biodiversity, tropical ecology and environments, global warming, tourism, and tropical medicine, and public health care in under-served populations.

Since our establishment in 1970, we have expanded into a multi-campus institution with our main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore, and Townsville, with smaller study centers in Mount Isa, Thursday Island, and Mackay. We also have a campus in Brisbane, operated by Russo Higher Education.

Our students come from many backgrounds, promoting a rich cultural and experiential diversity on campus. Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses span the Arts, Biomedical Sciences, Business, Creative Media, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Healthcare Sciences, Information Technology, Law, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Pharmacy, Planning, Psychological Science, Science, Social Work, Sustainability and Veterinary Science. We aim to give graduates the qualifications and skills they need for the global workforce.

We also recognize our outstanding obligation to be relevant to our region and have forged close linkages into northern Queensland's economy and social fabric. We are dedicated to ensuring that our teaching, learning, and research are of high quality and deliver practical benefits to the peoples and industries of the region.

The tropics define JCU. We are unique among Australian universities, woven into our tropical location's intellectual, economic, and social fabric and set amid irreplaceable ecosystems and cultures that fire our intellects and imaginations. Our aims are challenging but attainable. Marshaling our broad intellectual strengths, we seek knowledge-based ways to help the world's tropical regions prosper.

Born of the traditional excellence model in teaching and research, James Cook University has become a modern and dynamic university of truly global standing. Our graduates hold top-level positions around Australia and the world, and our research has earned us a world-class reputation.

JCU is Queensland's second oldest University. We offered our first courses in Townsville in 1961 as an annex of the University of Queensland. Since then, we have become a dynamic, multi-campus university with a total of 17,500 students. Our main campuses are located in Townsville and Cairns, and we have international campuses in Singapore and Brisbane.

James Cook University is about people and places. As we enter our fourth decade, we continue to offer our students a comprehensive range of courses and opportunities. We will adopt new methods, new approaches, and new technologies to help our students develop the skills, abilities, knowledge, and intellectual curiosity they need to succeed and make a difference, just as Captain James Cook did 200 years ago.

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