Reputation and Experience

Global university rankings

#1 in Australia
for full-time employment2
#1 in Australia
for sustainable education3
#1 in Australia
for learner engagement4

JCU is uni... but not as you know it.

#1 in Qld for full-time employment

JCU is top for graduate outcomes, ranked #1 in QLD for full-time employment, by both the Good Universities Guide 2023 and the International Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021.

We’re also ranked #2 in Australia for median graduate salary for postgraduate and international student graduates, in the QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021 and the International Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021.

JCU graduates emerge job-ready with the knowledge, confidence and practical experience to transition straight into the workplace.

#5 in the world for good health

In pursuit of the 17 United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, JCU is ranked:

  • #5 in the world for working to achieve good health and wellbeing
  • #42 in the world for working to support life under water
  • #28 in the world for working to support life on the land
  • #85 in the world for engaging in collaborative partnerships

by the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for 2022.

These goals represent a shared set of global priorities to achieve a more sustainable future and tackle global challenges including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

A 5 star experience

1 2022 ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. 2 2023 US News Best Global Universities Rankings. 3 2022 QS World University Rankings. 4 2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject.

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Top 400 in the world

JCU is rated in the top 400 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 and the ShanghaiRanking Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

With research connections to 124 countries and 25 specialised research centres and institutes, JCU is connected to the world and globally engaged.

JCU is connected to the world and globally engaged. In Northern Australia, our locations in Cairns, Townsville and Brisbane attract international students from all over the world. JCU was also the first Australian university to establish a branch campus in Singapore.

Ranked world class for research

JCU achieved the ranking of ‘world class’ or higher in 83 percent of research fields, by Excellence in Research for Australia for 2018. We’re also rated #3 in the world for Ecology and Evolution research by Research.com for 2022.

7 JCU researchers who produced multiple highly cited papers are ranked in the top 1% for their field of research, by Web of Science for 2021.

These internationally recognised research outcomes are in fields including biodiversity, ecology and environments, global warming, marine sciences, public health care, tourism and tropical medicine.

JCU delivers global, ground-breaking research and discoveries that make a difference to people and societies, experiential learning, the built environment and the natural world.

Top 30 university in Australia1
5 stars for full-time employment
and graduate starting salary2
Top 2% university in the world3