James Cook University Singapore

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James Cook University

Crescente Luce

('light ever increasing')
Established April 2003
Chancellor Lieutenant General John Grey AC (ret'd)
Vice-Chancellor Sandra Harding
Students approximately 2500 (as of 2011)
Location 600 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore
Named After James Cook
Website http://www.jcu.edu.sg

James Cook University is a private University in Singapore, which is a branch of James Cook University, Australia. JCU Australia has 2 campuses in Townsville and Cairns, and opened James Cook University Singapore in 2003 as part of its expressed intent of “Creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference”. The university is ranked in the top 4%* of universities in the world and is the leading tropical research university in Australia. James Cook University Singapore fully adapts the Australian curriculum and all degree certification is awarded from James Cook University Australia. [1]

Programs offered[edit]

Currently, JCU Singapore offers programs to students from various JCU Faculties.

The pre-university programs:

English Language Program from level 1 to level 3, altogether 3 level.

English language preparatory program (3 levels designed to improve students’ English to the level required for University undergraduate or post graduate degrees)

Foundation program (an eight-month university preparation program for students who are unable to meet the normal entrance requirements)

The graduate courses include:

Bachelor of Information Technology

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science

Bachelor of Business (Specialization in Management / Marketing / International Business / Tourism Management /Hospitality Management)*It also provide Double Major to the international Students.

The post graduate programs includes:

Master of Business Administration (Finance and Accounting)

Master of Education

Master of Guidance and Counselling

Master of Information Technology (Computing & Networking)

Master of Information Technology Extended (Computing & Networking)

Master of Information Technology - MBA (Joint Degree and Double Degree)

Masters of International Tourism and Hospitality Management

Master / Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology

As of now, all courses are available for international students with the exception of Master of Education and Master of Guidance and Counselling.

Program duration[edit]

JCU Singapore runs a trimester academic year so there are three terms each year instead of the normal two. This assists students to ‘fast track’ their study and complete the degree in less time. For example the normal 3 year Bachelor degree can be completed within two years instead of the common time frame of three years. Similarly, the 1.5 year MBA and MIT program can be completed within one year.

Bringing programs direct from the parent campus, students studying at JCU Singapore can be assured of the same quality and enriching university education.

The major student intakes occur during March, July and October.


JCU has consistently ranked in the top 400 academic universities world wide since 2010, as measured by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).[2] For 2012, JCU ranked in the top four percent of universities in the world by ARWU.

Publications 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
QS World University Rankings[3] * * * * * 401-500 355 * 352 362 351
Academic Ranking of World Universities[4] (formerly) Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings 401-500 * * 401-500 403-510 303-401 402-501 301-400 301-400 301-400 301-400

* unavailable data

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.[5] 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.

Entry Requirements[edit]

JCU entry requirement for undergraduate student is high-school level-12 or equivalent. For graduate program, JCU required undergraduate bachelor degree. Both JCU undergraduate and graduate program also required English Language Skill with IELTS 6.0 (no component lower than 5.5)/ Internet-Based TOEFL 79 (with a minimum writing score 19) and above. [6]


JCU Singapore has two campuses, located at 600 Upper Thomson Road (The new sprawling 4.5-acre (18,000 m2) campus built to accommodate 3500 students) and 10 Ang Mo Kio St. 54. The campuses provide students with access to a full range of facilities and services to support their learning. Facilities include lecture and seminar rooms, a fully equipped library, computer laboratories, an onsite bistro and access to a variety of sporting facilities.

Student mix[edit]

Half of the students enrolled are Singaporeans with the remaining consist of a mix of students from India, China, Maldives, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Japan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Sweden, Finland, Portland, Korea, Germany, USA, Malaysia and also from Kazakhstan

John Tan suspension controversy[edit]

On October 21, 2008, lecturer John Tan, the assistant secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party, was suspended by JCU Singapore. The university cited the pending contempt of court case against Tan for wearing a T-shirt of a kangaroo in judge's clothing at the defamation trial of SDP secretary-general Chee Soon Juan.[7] In response, JCU has been accused of compromising academic freedom and freedom of speech.[8]


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