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James Cook University
JCU Logo
Motto Crescente Luce
"light ever increasing"
Established 1970
Type Public
Chancellor John Grey
Vice-Chancellor Sandra Harding
Undergraduates 12,093[1] (2007)
Postgraduates 3,663[1] (2007)
Location Townsville, Cairns, Qld., Australia
Campus Suburban
Affiliations IRUA
Website http://www.jcu.edu.au

James Cook University (JCU) is a public university based in Townsville, Queensland,



The University is named after the British sea captain James Cook, but realwho popularised the discovery and potential colonial value of the east coast of Australia and whose exploratory vessel HM Bark Endeavour ran aground for repairs in North Queensland.

After being proclaimed on 20 April 1970 as an Act of Queensland Parliament, The University College of Townsville became James Cook University of North Queensland on 29 April 1970.[2] The official opening of the University was conducted by Queen Elizabeth II.[3] On 1 January 1982, JCU amalgamated with The Townsville College of Advanced Education located adjacent to the main campus in Douglas. The university established a presence in Cairns in 1987 and moved to its current location in the suburb of Smithfield in 1996. On 1 January 1991, the School of Art and Design of the Townsville College of TAFE was transferred to JCU.[2] The current name of James Cook University became official on 1 January 1998.[4] In 2003 the University opened an international campus referred to as JCUS in Singapore. The university further expanded its presence by establishing another campus in Brisbane, Queensland in 2006.

A year after JCU's proclamation, Cyclone Althea struck the Townsville region. This, together with the destruction caused by Cyclone Tracy in Darwin 1974, prompted the establishment of a cyclone research facility.[3][5] The Cyclone Testing Station started out as a small project of Professor Hugh Trollope and began its operations on 1 November 1977 as James Cook Cyclone Structural Testing Station.[5] The facility has since grown and changed its name to Cyclone Testing Station in 2002 to better indicate its scope of testing and services provided.[5] The Cyclone Testing Station operates as an independent unit of The School of Engineering and serves as an advising member to the Australian Standards committee in areas of structural design, more specifically wind actions.[6]

JCU Townsville redevelopment

The Discovery Rise project was announced in September 2007.[7] The $1 billion project is aimed at completely redeveloping the University campuses, faculties and attracting more students to JCU.[8] Initial stages of planning and design are currently under way and the project is estimated to be finished in 2015.[9] Included in the project will be major upgrading of student facilities, creation of extra on-campus residential housing, commercial site-leasing, a student village and upgrading of sports facilities.[10]

Campus and setting

JCU Townsville Entrance.

Douglas Campus (Townsville)

JCU's main campus moved from a small campus in the coastal city of Townsville (Pimlico suburb) to a 386-hectare[11] area of bush land in the suburb of Douglas, near the army base and the lee of Mount Stuart, during the early 1970s. It has a widely spread out area of buildings in between native managed bushland. Close to the university is the new Townsville Hospital, CSIRO Research Facility and Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE.

Cairns Campus

The Cairns Campus of James Cook University is located 15 kilometres NNW of Cairns CBD, a city on the east coast of Australia, in the suburb of Smithfield. Opened in 1987, this campus is situated in a mountainous rainforest area of tropical North Queensland.[12]

Singapore International Campus

The Singapore International Campus was opened in 2003 as JCU's first offshore campus.[13]. There are currently around 2200 students studying with JCUS.

On 18 July 2008, JCU Singapore relocated to a new campus at 600 Upper Thomson Road.

Other facilities

Apart from the three main campuses, JCU has more than 20 specialist research centres and institutes throughout Queensland and New South Wales with the most prominent ones being in Mount Isa, Thursday Island, Mackay, Brisbane and Sydney.

The University is home to the "Cyclone Testing Station" which operates as a self-funded unit within the School of Engineering and is a contributing member of the Australian Standards with regards to Wind Actions.[5][6]


The university serves as a catchment area for students in the whole region and in 2007 its student population was at 16,338 which includes 3,450 international students.[1]

The university is well known for its medicine, marine sciences[14], comparative genomics, engineering and tourism. In 2001 the university took in its first medical students in its then-new School of Medicine. An undergraduate veterinary degree was added to the university for the first time in 2006. The University is also offering degrees in astronomy, including a Doctor of Astronomy degree, through on-line courses.

In 2007, James Cook University again ranked in the list of the top 500 world universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University.[15]

James Cook University became the seventh member of Innovative Research Universities Australia in 2007.[16]

Organisational Structure

The library at Douglas Campus
University Drive at Douglas Campus
JCU Singapore International

The University is organised into Faculties, Schools and Departments/Divisions.

Faculty of Art, Education and Social Sciences

  • School of Art and Social Sciences
    • Department of Anthropology, Archaeology and Sociology
    • Department of Humanities
    • Department of Psychology
    • Department of Social Work & Community Welfare, including Centre for Women's Studies
  • School of Education
  • School of Journalism
  • School of Indigenous Australian Studies

Faculty of Law, Business and the Creative Arts

Faculty of Medicine, and Health and Molecular Sciences

  • Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine
  • Indigenous Health Unit
  • Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health
  • School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition
  • School of Pharmacy and Molecular Sciences
  • School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences
    • Public Health and Tropical Medicine
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physiotherapy
    • Speech Pathology
    • Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
  • School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Faculty of Science and Engineering

  • School of Earth and Environmental Science
  • School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • School of Marine and Tropical Biology[17]
  • Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research
  • ARC Centre of Excellence - Coral Reef Studies


Research produced by the Melbourne Institute in 2006 ranked Australian universities across seven main discipline areas: Arts & Humanities, Business & Economics, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, and Science. For each discipline, James Cook University was ranked[18]:

Discipline R 1 No. R 2 No.
Arts & Humanities 23 38 20 38
Business & Economics 30 39 32 38
Education 26 35 22 34
Engineering 18 28 25 28
Law 23 29 25 28
Medicine 12 14 13 13
Science 10 38 10 35
  • R1 refers to Australian and overseas Academics' rankings in tables 3.1 - 3.7 of the report.
  • R2 refers to the Articles and Research rankings in tables 5.1 - 5.7 of the report.
  • No. refers to the total number of institutions in the table against which JCU is compared.

Student Association

Students are represented by the James Cook University Student Association[19] which includes sub organisations of Cairns Campus Student Association and the James Cook University Postgraduate Student Association [20], a member of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations.

Among the services provided by the Student Association are academic support, general administrative help, student welfare and non-academic activities. The Student Association publishes the student newspaper, The Hack, fortnightly while the University is in session.

Justin Ganzer is the president of the Cairns Campus Student Association.[21] Dennis Guild is the current president of the Postgraduate Student Association.[22]

Residential Colleges

St Mark's College
St Marks' College
University Hall

The Douglas Campus has 8 on-campus residential colleges which can accommodate about 1,400 students. Student accommodation at the Cairns Campus can accommodate 240 students. However, this accommodation is not located on the campus grounds, being directly opposite the campus.[23] The halls of residence/colleges are:

Douglas Campus

List of colleges
College Affiliation
St Mark's Colleges 1965[24]
University Hall 1967[25]
The John Flynn College 1968[26]
St Paul's Colleges 1969[27]
St Raphael's Colleges 1971[28]
Western Hall 1981 - 2007[25][29]
Western Courts
Rotary International House 1990[25]
George Roberts Hall 2002[25]

Accommodation is also available when the university is not in session.[30]

The individual colleges provide different services and support to students and are also situated in the tropical gardens of the campus.

Notable alumni and staff


  1. ^ a b c "2007 Student Statistics". https://www.jcu.edu.au/stats/current.shtml. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  2. ^ a b On reverse side of all JCU official Statement of Academic Record sheets printed after January 1998.
  3. ^ a b "Townsville History (City Council)". http://www.townsville.qld.gov.au/heritage/heritage_chronology3.asp. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  4. ^ "Higher Education Legislation 1998". http://www.aph.gov.au/LIBRARY/pubs/bd/1998-99/99bd009.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Cyclone Testing Station". http://www.eng.jcu.edu.au/csts/aboutus_history.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  6. ^ a b Structural design actions, Part 2: Wind actions. Sydney & Wellington: Standards Australia & Standards New Zealand. 2005. ISBN 0 7337 4473 7. 
  7. ^ "Discovery Rise Media Release". http://www.jcu.edu.au/top/JCUPRD_014752.html. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  8. ^ ABC News: James Cook Uni plans Townsville campus facelift
  9. ^ "Discovery Rise Timeline". http://www.discoveryrise.com.au/JCUDEV_014803.html. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  10. ^ "Discovery Rise Key Elements". http://www.discoveryrise.com.au/JCUDEV_014931.html. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  11. ^ "Douglas Campus Grounds". http://www.isc.jcu.edu.au/lifeatjcu.cfm. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  12. ^ "Cairns Location". http://tesla.jcu.edu.au/Schools/Earth/Earth_Sciences_Cairns2.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  13. ^ "JCU Singapore Background". http://www.jcu.edu.sg/About_VC.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  14. ^ "Tropical research". http://www.jcu.edu.au/prospective/whyjcu/JCUDEV_002214.html. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  15. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities". http://www.arwu.org/ranking.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  16. ^ "Innovative Research Universities of Australia". http://www.flinders.edu.au/flinders/news/on-campus-article.cfm?OCID=CEE1F753-AE4C-9DFA-130C-CCB9082BCF9D. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  17. ^ Official Website of the School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University
  18. ^ "Melbourne Institute Rankings" (PDF). http://www.melbourneinstitute.com/publications/reports/dr_aus_uni/Paper_Rating.pdf. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  19. ^ JCU Student Association
  20. ^ JCU Postgraduate Student Association
  21. ^ "JCU Student Association". http://www.jcu.edu.au/studentassoc/elections/index.html. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  22. ^ "JCU Postgraduate Student Association". http://www.jcu.edu.au/studentassoc/postgrad/2006committee.html. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  23. ^ "Residential Colleges". http://www.jcu.edu.au/prospective/whyjcu/studentlife/JCUDEV_002228.html. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  24. ^ "Date of St Mark's College Establishment". Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  25. ^ a b c d "Dates of Halls of residence establishment". http://www.jcu.edu.au//jcuhalls/history/index.shtml. Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  26. ^ "Date of The John Flynn College Establishment". http://www.johnflynn.org/. Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  27. ^ "Date of St Paul's College Establishment". http://www.cathcollegesjcu.edu.au/stpauls/home.php#background. Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  28. ^ "Date of St Raphael's College Establishment". http://www.cathcollegesjcu.edu.au/raphs/. Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  29. ^ "Western Hall Closes". http://www.jcu.edu.au/top/JCUPRD_016287.html. Retrieved 2007-11-13. 
  30. ^ "Douglas Halls of Residence". http://www.jcu.edu.au/jcuhalls/livinginthehalls/index.shtml. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  31. ^ "Eddie Mabo". http://www.nla.gov.au/ms/findaids/8822.html. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  32. ^ "Paul Fairall" (PDF). http://www.adelaide.edu.au/script/adelaidean/archive/backissues/Adelaidean-2002-03.pdf. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  33. ^ "Tony Mooney". http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/03/15/2190613.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-22. 

Coordinates: 19°19′41″S 146°45′26″E / 19.32799°S 146.75709°E / -19.32799; 146.75709


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