James Cook University
|James Cook University|
Coat of Arms of James Cook University
|Chancellor||Lieutenant General John Grey AC (ret'd)|
|Location||Cairns, Singapore, Townsville, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Singapore|
|Campus||Suburban and Regional|
James Cook University (JCU) is a public university and is the second oldest university in Queensland, Australia. JCU is a teaching and research institution. The University's main campuses are located in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville. JCU also has study centres in Mount Isa, Mackay and Thursday Island. A Brisbane campus, operated by Russo Higher Education, delivers undergraduate and postgraduate courses to international students. The University’s main fields of research include marine sciences, biodiversity, sustainable management of tropical ecosystems, genetics and genomics, tropical health care and tourism.
- 1 Coat of Arms explained
- 2 History
- 3 JCU Townsville campus redevelopment
- 4 Campuses and other facilities
- 5 Academia
- 6 Organisational structure
- 7 Rankings
- 8 Residential colleges and halls of residence
- 9 Notable alumni and staff
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Coat of Arms explained
As a corporate body, James Cook University bears arms comprising four main elements – shield, crest (Captain James Cook’s ship, HMS Endeavour, in full sail), supporters (a pair of brolgas with open wings), and motto.
The University motto is Cresente Luce, which means light ever increasing. This motto was first proposed by Professor FW Robinson, professor of English at the University of Queensland, in 1962 for the then University College of Townsville. The university college was established as a college of the University of Queensland. Adopted in 1963, the motto remained unchanged after James Cook University of North Queensland was established and incorporated in April 1970, and later became James Cook University.
The university is named after the British sea captain James Cook.
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. The official opening of the university was conducted by Queen Elizabeth II. 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. The current name of James Cook University became official on 1 January 1998. In 2003 the University opened an international campus 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. 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. 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. 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.
JCU Townsville campus redevelopment
The Discovery Rise project was announced in September 2007. The $1 billion project is aimed at redeveloping the University's Townsville campus. Construction is currently under way and the project is estimated to be completed in 2015.
Campuses and other facilities
James Cook University operates three main campuses, located in the tropical cities of Cairns and Townsville in Australia, and the international city of Singapore. Russo Higher Education delivers JCU courses at its Brisbane centre on behalf of the University. The University also operates study centres in Mackay, Mount Isa and Thursday Island. These study centres provide programs and support for students living in rural and remote areas.
The Cairns Campus of James Cook University is located 15 kilometres north of the Cairns central business district, in the suburb of Smithfield. JCU moved to this location from its original inner-city site in 1996. Also located on the campus grounds are Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA) facilities, Australian Tropical Herbarium (ATH), the Australian Tropical Forest Institute (ATFI), JCU Dental, and The Cairns Institute. Over 4 000 students study at JCU Cairns, including about 410 international students.
Singapore International Campus
James Cook University's Singapore campus was opened in 2003. On 18 July 2008, James Cook University Singapore relocated to a new campus at 600 Upper Thomson Road. In 2012 there were 2 984 students studying with JCU Singapore. This campus provides courses in business, education, information technology, psychology, marine science, and tourism and hospitality, to international and domestic Australian students.
JCU's Townsville campus is the University’s largest campus and is located on 386 hectares of bush land in the suburb of Douglas, near the army base and the lee of Mt Stuart. Around 12 300 students study at JCU Townsville, including over 1 400 international students. Close to the university is the new Townsville Hospital and Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE. Originally located in the suburb of Pimlico, the University moved to its current site in 1967.
JCU Brisbane, operated by Russo Higher Education, delivers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in business and information technology to international students, on behalf of James Cook University.
Mackay study centre
JCU’s study centre in Mackay is called the Mackay Education and Research Centre (MERC) and is located at the Mackay Base Hospital. It accommodates the teaching of the Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Nursing Science (pre registration) as well as provide facilities for medical and dental placements.
Mount Isa study centre
The Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (MICRRH) provides training, development and support of the rural and remote health workforce and the management of key health issues in the rural and remote setting. The centre offers the Bachelor of Nursing Science with a special emphasis on rural, remote and Indigenous health care.
Thursday Island study centre
This study centre is located in the heritage courthouse building on Thursday Island and provides teaching and learning facilities for nursing and education students in the Torres Strait region, including the northern tip of Australia. The Thursday Island study centre opened in 2003.
Orphius Island research Station, Fletcherview Research Station, Paluma rainforest field station, Kirrama rainforest/sclerophyl field station, Daintree Rainforest Observatory (DRO) research facility, Townsville Veterinary Clinic, and the Veterinary Teaching Resource Centre in Malanda.
The university serves as a catchment area for students from this region and beyond. In 2012, JCU's student population was at 20,913, which includes 6,348 international students.
In 2001 the university took in its first medical students in its newly formed School of Medicine. An undergraduate veterinary degree was added to the university for the first time in 2006 and in 2009 the Bachelor of Dental Surgery commenced. Today the university offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in arts, social sciences and psychology, business and information technology, creative arts, education, engineering, law, medicine and health, multimedia journalism and languages, and science. Some courses are available externally.
James Cook University in 2007 became a member of Innovative Research Universities Australia (now called Innovative Research Universities). Innovative Research Universities (IRU) is a network of seven comprehensive universities committed to conducting research of national and international standing.
JCU currently has Exchange partners in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, USA.
The university is organised into faculties, schools, departments, research centres and institutes.
Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences
- School of Arts and Social Sciences
- Department of Anthropology, Archaeology and Sociology
- Department of Humanities
- Department of Psychology
- Department of Social Work and Community Welfare, including Centre for Women's Studies
- School of Education
- School of Indigenous Australian Studies
Faculty of Law, Business and the Creative Arts
Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences
- Indigenous Health Unit
- Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (MICRRH)
- 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
- Speech Pathology
- Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
- School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Science and Engineering
- School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
- School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
- School of Marine and Tropical Biology
Centres of Excellence
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
- Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote Populations
- NHMRC National Centre of Research Excellence to Improve Management of Peripheral Arterial Disease
- Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine
- The Cairns Institute
- Centre for Biodiscovery and Molecular Development of Therapeutics
- Centre for Biodiscovery and Tropical Infectious Diseases
- Centre for Disaster Studies
- Centre for Research and Innovation in Sustainability Education
- Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture
- Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change
- Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Sciences
- Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER)
- Comparative Genomics Centre
- Cyclone Testing Station
- Economic Geology Research Centre
- eResearch Centre
- Language and Culture Research Centre
JCU has consistently ranked in the top 400 academic universities world wide since 2010, as measured by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). For 2012, JCU ranked in the top four percent of universities in the world by ARWU.
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|Academic Ranking of World Universities (formerly) Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings||401-500||*||*||401-500||403-510||303-401||402-501||301-400||301-400||301-400||301-400|
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In the Commonwealth Government's Excellence in Research for Australia 2012 National Report, JCU research received the highest ranking of 'well above world standard' (rating 5) in the areas of environmental science and management, ecological applications and medical microbiology. The University also received an 'above world standard' ranking for research in the areas of materials engineering, immunology, tourism, biological sciences, agricultural and veterinary sciences, fisheries sciences, veterinary sciences, inorganic chemistry, earth sciences, geochemistry, and geology.
Residential colleges and halls of residence
JCU's Douglas Campus in Townsville has seven on-campus residential colleges, which can accommodate 1,478 students. Services offered by these facilities vary from self-catering to fully catered, and support to students. They are situated in the tropical gardens of the campus.
- Saints Catholic College was formed in 2011 with the amalgamation of the Catholic Colleges of St Raphael and St Paul and the addition of a third wing, St Mary MacKillop Wing, in honour of Australia’s first Saint.
- Saint Mark's College is an Affiliated Residential College of JCU and can accommodate 153 male and female students. The College enrols JCU students, primarily from regional and rural Queensland, but also from across Australia and overseas.
- The John Flynn College was established in 1968. It is a privately run residential college providing accommodation for more than 200 Australian and International JCU students.
Halls of Residence
JCU manages four non-denominational halls for 770 students
- George Roberts Hall opened in 2002 with 250 residents in unit style accommodation. Each unit consists of either three or four bedrooms located around an air-conditioned lounge and kitchenette and include modern bathroom facilities.
- Rotary International House was established in 1990, with the assistance of Rotary Clubs. This small facility can accommodate 38 residents, about half being from overseas.
- University Hall was the first residence to be established at the University and is at present the largest of the student residences with 291 rooms. It was established in the 1960s with the amalgamation of Dungragan for women, Stuart House for men and Olsen House for men.
- Western Courts can accommodate 112 students and was established in early 2008 to offset the closure of Western Hall, a former Residential Hall at JCU.
Notable alumni and staff
- Andrew Stoner, National Party Member for Oxley, New South Wales, in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
- George Musgrave, awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters for his knowledge of traditional law
- Percy Trezise, Awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of outstanding service to the community of Far North Queensland
- Silma Ihram, pioneer of Muslim education in Australia
- Tommy George, Awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters for his knowledge of ecological expertise
- Dr Azage Tegegne Wolde, senior scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 
- Clare Campbell, Director of Wildlife Asia, President of Silvery Gibbon Project, and Director of the Asian Rhino Project.
- Dr Kate Russo, Assistant Course Director, Doctoral program in Clinical Psychology, School of Psychology at Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland; Principal Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children; Regional Coordinator of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Northern Ireland; and an independent consultant and author 
- Joanna Mather, Australian Financial Review, Canberra bureau, 2013 Higher Education Journalist of the Year by Universities Australia and the National Press Club (Australia) 
- Professor Porfirio Miel Aliño, Professor, University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UPMSI), head of the Community Ecology Laboratory, Deputy Director for Research.
- Dr Richard Smith, writer and presenter of the 4-part series Australia: The Time Traveller's Guide that was broadcast on ABC in 2012 
- Dr Rose Evaster-Aderolili, Chief of the Human and Social Development Program for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 
- Dr Glen Richards, founding Managing Director of Australia’s leading veterinary services company Greencross Vets, and a Non-Executive Director of Lyppard Australia Pty Ltd, one of the largest wholesalers of veterinary and pet products in Australia 
- Dr John Glaister, Director-General, Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing
- Dr Wendy Darke, Head of BBC Natural History Unit 
- Natalie James, appointed Fair Work Ombudsman in 2013 
- Dr Colin Grant, former head of Biosecurity Australia 
- Professor Ian Young, Vice Chancellor, Australian National University 
- Dale Spender, Australian feminist scholar, teacher, writer and consultant
- Eddie Mabo, indigenous community leader and human rights activist, employed at JCU as a gardener/groundsman between 1967 - 1971
- Henry Reynolds (historian), Australian historian
- John Newfong, Aboriginal Australian journalist
- Mike Reynolds (politician), former Australian Labor Party member for Townsville and Speaker in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
- Jim Burnell, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, winner of Australia’s Lecturer of the Year 2011 
- On reverse side of all JCU official Statement of Academic Record sheets printed after January 1998.
- "Townsville History (City Council)". Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2007-10-18.
- "Higher Education Legislation 1998". Retrieved 2007-10-18.[dead link]
- "Cyclone Testing Station". Retrieved 2007-10-17.
- Structural design actions, Part 2: Wind actions. Sydney & Wellington: Standards Australia & Standards New Zealand. 2005. ISBN 978-0-7337-4473-0.
- "Discovery Rise Media Release". Archived from the original on 2007-09-02. Retrieved 2007-10-18.
- "ABC News: James Cook Uni plans Townsville campus facelift". Abc.net.au. 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
- "Discovery Rise Timeline". Retrieved 2007-10-18.[dead link]
- "2012 Student Statistics". Retrieved 2013-10-16.
- "Official Website of the School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University". Jcu.edu.au. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2013-07-26.
- "Academic Ranking of World Universities".
- QS World University Rankings
- Academic Ranking of World Universities
- "Excellence in Research for Australia 2012 National Report".
- "Dr Azage Tegegne Wolde". Retrieved 2013-10-21.
- "Dr Kate Russo". Retrieved 2013-10-21.
- "Joanne Mather". Retrieved 2013-10-06.
- "Professor Porfirio Miel Aliño". Retrieved 2013-10-21.
- "Dr Richard Smith". Retrieved 2013-10-21.
- "Dr Rose Evaster-Aderolili".
- "Dr Glen Richards". Retrieved 2013-10-21.
- "Dr Wendy Drake". Retrieved 2013-10-06.
- "Natalie James". Retrieved 2013-10-21.
- "Dr Colin Grant".
- "Professor Ian Young". Retrieved 2013-10-21.
- "Jim Burnell". Retrieved 2013-10-06.
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