JCU in the top 50 of the world’s universities under 50 years

10 May 2016

James Cook University’s achievements and potential have been recognised with a respected global rankings organisation, Times Higher Education (THE), placing JCU in the top 50 universities under 50 years old.
James Cook University Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said JCU’s inclusion is very pleasing.

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“As the THE explains, the ranking provides a glimpse into the future, showcasing not those institutions with centuries of history, but the rising stars of the university sector that show great potential,” Prof Harding said.
According to the THE, the ranking applies performance indicators across five broad areas of teaching, research, citations, international outlook, and industry income, with the results calibrated to reflect the special characteristics of younger universities.
“JCU became a university in 1970, and since then we have become one of the world’s leading institutions focused on the tropics. We have built a strong, global reputation as a research-intensive university that is making a difference for the communities we serve,” Prof Harding said.
Times Higher Education rankings’ editor, Phil Baty said “The 150 Under 50 ranking is led by young, exciting and dynamic institutions.”
The THE is one of the best known global rankings, along with the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).
For the past six years, ARWU has ranked JCU in the 301–400 group of universities. Over that time, JCU has improved its position, while the number of recognised higher education institutions has increased from 10,000 to more than 18,000, placing JCU in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

About James Cook University

James Cook University is the second oldest university in Queensland, and Australia’s leading university in the tropics.
Offering excellence in teaching and research, JCU is a vibrant, multi-campus university with its main sites in the tropical Queensland cities of Townsville and Cairns, and modern city campuses in Singapore and Brisbane. Total student enrollments are more than 17,000 and growing, including more than 4,000 international students from 100 countries. There are more 300 programs available to international students to study at JCU.
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