It has been a great year for James Cook University. From this year’s earlier success in the QS Stars Rating System and The Good University Guide’s ratings to reaching new highs in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), JCU has gone from strength to.

This week, the ARWU released its annual publication of world university rankings. ARWU rankings are determined using indicators such as the number of university staff who have won awards and the number of articles published in academic journals.

The ARWU ranks more than 2000 universities across 93 countries and regions. However, it only publishes the top 1000 universities.

JCU’s rankings across the board improved substantially. Nationally, JCU moved up a band from 16-22 to 9-17 and internationally, moved from 301-400 to 201-300.

Vice-Chancellor  Professor Sandra Harding said the ranking confirms JCU’s status as a highly competitive, research-intensive university.

“We are a regional Australian university that’s being judged against the world’s largest, most successful players, and to be among the top 300 universities is a tremendous achievement.

“This ranking is a reflection of JCU’s extremely strong research performance in many areas, particularly marine science and terrestrial biology. It is a tremendous achievement for the University and great testament to the work of JCU’s researchers.

“JCU delivers ground-breaking, internationally recognised research, and this ranking confirms that we perform very strongly when compared to the world’s best universities,” Professor Harding said.

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