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The JCU Model

The graduate attributes inform the design of curriculum at JCU so as to shape our graduates’ distinctiveness. This distinctiveness is reflected in the JCU Graduate Attributes Statement:

"The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide. JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics."

The distinctive attributes underpin JCU's learning and teaching, research and engagement framework, The JCU Model (PDF, 103 KB):

  1. Focused on the tropics
  2. Research rich
  3. Student focused
  4. Connected to community
  5. Internationally engaged
  6. Culturally informed

Watch our showcase videos for examples of embedded attributes in the JCU curriculum.