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Tue, 15 Aug 2017

JCU's world-class result

James Cook University’s standing as a world-class research university has been reaffirmed, with new data confirming JCU is among the top 2% of the world’s universities.

The authoritative Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), published today by the Centre for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, has ranked JCU in the top 301-400 group of universities.

JCU has been ranked in the world’s top 400 universities since 2010.

Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Chris Cocklin said that despite JCU’s size, the University performs very strongly when compared to its peers around the world.

“UNESCO identifies around 18,000 higher education institutions around the globe, and to be listed among the top 400 is a very significant achievement.”

Professor Cocklin said for a regional university to achieve such a result is a tribute to the efforts of its academics.

“We are a highly competitive, research-intensive university, and this ranking is a great credit to the work of our talented researchers.”

JCU is one of only 21 Australian universities to make the Top 400.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities is considered one of the most prestigious and trustworthy global university rankings.

More than 1200 universities are ranked by ARWU every year, but only the best 500 universities are published.

ARWU uses several indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of Highly Cited Researchers, the number of articles published in the journals Nature and Science, and the number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Science Citation Index.

Please note: in 2016 ARWU mistakenly ranked JCU in the top 201-300 category because of an attribution error in one of the databases used in the ranking. Once JCU was aware of the error, it asked that the database be corrected. This year’s ranking reflects that correction, while maintaining JCU’s position in the top 400 of the world’s universities.


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Richard Davis

Head of Media and Communications, JCU


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