James Cook University Singapore is a branch of James Cook University, based in Townsville, Australia. In addition to Singapore and Townsville, JCU operates another campus in Cairns, Australia. JCU Singapore was opened in 2003 as part of the university’s strategic intent of “Creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference”. The university is ranked in the top 2%* of universities in the world and is the leading tropical research university in Australia. JCU Singapore fully adapts the Australian curriculum and all degree certification is awarded from James Cook University Australia. JCU is registered under the Committee for Private Education Singapore (CPE).
Currently, JCU Singapore offers pathway, business, education, counselling, psychology, environmental science, aquaculture, information technology, tourism & hospitality and urban planning courses at JCU Singapore. JCU Singapore is fully owned by James Cook University and all courses are provided by the University. This has seen enrolments increase as fewer students from the region choose to travel to Australia to study, instead electing to acquire an Australian qualification in Singapore.
JCU Singapore runs on a trimester system, allowing students to 'fast track' their studies and complete their degrees in as short as short as two (2) years, in comparison to other universities in the around the world. A majority of students intakes occur during March (SP51), July (SP52), and November (SP53).
In May 2016, the Singaporean and Australian governments concluded a review of the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement, which added several measures to promote further cooperation on education. As part of this agreement, JCU Singapore was awarded branch campus status and from July 2016 is permitted to brand itself as the Singapore Campus of James Cook University. It had previously been legally known as James Cook Institute of Higher Learning.