James Cook University (JCU) – Australia
Posted on: May 27, 2011.

HI‘STORY ’—The Past and the Present

Before being known by its present name, for nine years since February 27, 1961, it had been called the University College of Townsville, affiliated to the University of Queensland and opened by Premier of Queensland, Hon. GFR Nicklin.

Then, there had been 105 students.

Following a chronicle of casual happenings—acquiring 400 acres of land by the Ross River, gifted by Townsville City Council, commissioning of a Teacher’s Training College on a further 50 acres of land, first buildings occupying Douglas Campus—concluding with the Queensland Parliament passing the James Cook University of North Queensland Bill 1970, University College of Townsville became James Cook University of North Queensland on April 20, 1970. The official opening of the University was conducted by Queen Elizabeth II at a special ceremony in Townsville. This event had happened on that same day, 200 years ago, when explorer Captain James Cook had first sighted Australia. The University is named after the British sea captain, who popularized the discovery and potential colonial value of the east coast of Australia, after his exploratory vessel HM Bark Endeavour ran aground for repairs in North Queensland. The University became the second oldest in Queensland and the first tertiary educational institution in North Queensland.

In 1987, the Cairns Campus was established and moved to its current location in the suburb of Smithfield in 1995. In the December of 1997, the Parliament passed the James Cook University Act 1997 and a year later the University was renamed to James Cook University. By 2003, the MacKay Campus (1992), JCU Medical School (2000) and Thursday Island Campus (2003) had been established. JCU commenced operations in Singapore in 2003 under the name JCU Singapore, its first foreign campus, heralding JCU into the arena of international education. With another campus established in Brisbane, Queensland in 2006, JCU brought its tally of international campuses to two. In the September of 2008, JCUS relocated to its current address at 600, Upper Thompson Road, Singapore.

Now, there are around 17,500 students

JIYO’ GRAPHY—Live and Feel Alive

From Townsville to Townsville

During the early 1970s, the main campus moved from the small suburb of Pimlico in the coastal city of Townsville to a 386-hectare area of bush land in the suburb of Douglas in Townsville, 13 kilometers from the city centre and proximate to the Army base, the Ross River and to the leeward side of Mount Stuart. The campus, JCU’s largest with 11,000 (including ~1,600 international) students, is spread out on a beautifully sculpted landscape with building areas pleasantly punctuated by patches of native Australian flora and fauna. The new Townsville Hospital, CSIRO Research Facility and Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE, form the campus’s proximities.

Cairns Campus

Set in the suburb of Smithfield, the city of Cairns will appear on a map of Australia, marked on the East Coast. The Cairns Campus of JCU lies 15 kilometers North-Northwest of Cairns CBD (Central Business District). The mountainous rainforest area of tropical North Queensland cradle the campus in Cairns; a unique setting to find a university campus in. Enrollments count to 3,500 students including 300 from foreign lands.

Other Noblemen in the Court

Twenty-odd specialist research centers and institutes throughout Queensland and New South Wales, apart from the two main campuses, establish the family of JCU Australia. Among them, prominence is shared by the centers in Mount Isa, Thursday Island, Mackay, Brisbane and Sydney.

JCU’s Australian campuses are associated with spectacular ecosystems like the Wet Tropical Rainforests, the dry Savannahs and the iconic Great Barrier Reef. This renders a diverse physical environment, the pleasure of being in the midst of which, is an experience, unique only to JCU’s students in Australia.

600 Upper Thompson Road, Singapore: Where Lions Roar

JCU Singapore sits on a site that totals an area of 1.8 hectares, 8 kilometers North of the city centre and is home to 2,200 students. Thompson Road (named after John Turnbull Thompson, a Scotsman who was the Government Surveyor and Chief Engineer who helped build many roads into the interior of the island) passes by Toa Payoh before continuing on as Upper Thomson Road at the junction with Braddell Road and Lornie Road. Giving Thompson Road a touch of multilingualism, it is known in Chinese as Chia Chui Kang, literally meaning “freshwater stream” and as Ang Kio Tau, meaning “head of the red bridge”, and in Tamil as Thanneer Pilei Sadakku, literally meaning “water-pipe street”.

PSI’ENCE—Know What is What before asking Why it is so

Undergraduate—Start at the Beginning

With a palette of choices to choose from, programs under Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences include BAs in Anthropology, Archaeology, Communication and Cinema, Criminology, advanced and foundation courses in French and Japanese, Chinese, German, Italian, Journalism, Psychology, Public Relations and Writing among few others. Various programs are offered classified under Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism, B(Psychology), B(Social Science) and B(Social Work). Programs under Indigenous Health Careers, and joint degrees can also be chosen.

Visual entertainment media enchants most of us and interests are undying. At JCU, we provide a exciting toolkit of Bachelor programs in Creative Arts classified under Bachelor of Creative Industries and Bachelor of New Media Arts and various other diplomas and certificate courses.

Other facets of undergraduate JCU are conventional types like Business and IT, Education, Engineering, Health, Law and Science, no stones unturned.

Postgraduate—Begin with an End in mind

Postgraduate Programs are classified the same way as undergrad, but offerings under each head, are different. There are no offerings for Masters under Engineering. While an Honors can be obtained for an undergraduate  program at JCU, the same does not appear at Postgraduate level.

Major offerings under Postgraduate Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences include Doctor of Philosophy (Arts and Social Sciences) and Doctor of Psychology (Clinical, Clinical Geropsychology, Forensic, Forensic and Clinical), Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, Masters (Research) and Masters Degrees (Master of Arts, Psychology, Social Science and Social Work).

Upgrade your visual entertainment toolkit by enrolling yourself for Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Arts), Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts and Masters (Research) in Creative Arts and Music.

Conventional types like Business and IT, Education, Health, Law and Science, exist in the Postgraduate catalog also, again, no stones unturned.

RESEARCH—On the Path to Discovery

Research Topics include Coral Reef Studies, Earth Sciences and Economic Geology Research Projects, Earth and Environment Research Projects, Hydrology Research Projects, Marine Biology, Medicine and Dentistry, Nursing Sciences, Social Work and Community Welfare among conventional ones like Accounting and Finance, Business and Engineering.

James Cook University is at World Rank# 1 for citations in the field of coral reef ecology and comes in one among the World Top Three in the fields of Ecology and the Environment, Plant and Animal Sciences and Geosciences. JCU is also a member of Innovative Research Universities Australia, a recognized peak body among research universities in Australia. JCU secured a prestigious Slot# 6 at the Australia Learning and Teaching Council (CALC) citations for excellence in 2008, winning 7 citations.

Doing Research at JCU, you are part of a high-ranking research university which enjoys an international profile, maintained and promoted through tie-ups with universities and research institutions, worldwide.

JCU is one of only 17 Australian universities to be listed in the ARWU Top 400 Academic World Universities in 2008. In 2010, James Cook University ranked in the list of Top 4% of World Universities for Academic and Research Performance, by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The following features of this University will be covered in the forth coming week:

  • BUSINESS—Be the Boss of Boardroom Bullfights
  • COST OF STUDIES
  • SCHOLARSHIPS AT JCU
  • JCU SINGAPORE (JCUS)
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • FOOD, SHOPPING AND ENTERTAINMENT
  • WORK
  • WEEKEND VACATIONS
  • COST OF LIVING



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