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James Cook University (JCU) aims to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference.

Outstanding research is the basis of the university's performance in world rankings, placing it in the top two per cent of universities world-wide. JCU has 78% of field of research rated at world standard or above, with eight fields of research receiving the highest possible rating, or well above world standard. These are:

  • Ecological applications
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science and management
  • Geology
  • Medical microbiology
  • Neurosciences
  • Physical geography and environmental geoscience
  • Plant biology

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