James Cook University is facing an exciting challenge in the next few years as we develop into a true Tri-City Tropical university.We are engaged in writing the next chapter of history and it is a task for all of us over the next year or so.
Following the acquisition of the minority shareholding in JCU Singapore, we are moving to fully integrate our three major campuses - Cairns, Singapore and Townsville.
Instead of 'doing' international in various places, international becomes an integral dimension of JCU through these three campuses.Instead of a dual-city university, JCU becomes a tri-city university, bringing Singapore, both city and campus, into the powerful an enduring aim of our University: to deliver a brighter future for life in the tropics worldwide.
This vision is bold, it is compelling and it is unique as far as Australia Universities are concerned.In prospect for JCU is the potential to create the first authentically cross-border international Australian university, evidenced by the fact that this development simply extends the 50 year old mission of the University to be present in and focus on the issues of the peoples of the tropics.
This special Tri-City site will be constantly updated to keep everyone informed as to the progress of this exciting project.Already we have established a Steering Committee and an Operations Committee with a number of working groups to guide us through the processes.
We welcome comments, suggestions and issues relating to the process from all members of the JCU community as this is a task that will engage us all.
Professor Sandra Harding
Vice Chancellor and President