The Townsville North Queensland region is strengthening skilled labour through the numerous educational facilities available. From tertiary and vocational through to trades and training, courses are constantly evolving to address the shift in labour demand. Townsville boasts two Universities, James Cook University (JCU) as well as CQUniversity.
Study in Townsville
James Cook University (JCU)
James Cook University (JCU) is Australia’s leading tropical research University and Queensland’s second oldest University. Offering excellence in teaching and research, JCU’s main Campus is based in Townsville with additional Campuses in Cairns, Brisbane and Singapore. Over 16,000 students, including 6,000 internationals of more than 100 nationalities, currently study at JCU. The University was established to conduct teaching and research on areas of importance to Northern Queensland and The Tropics. Its graduates have the expertise and intellectual curiosity to make a difference in their professions and their communities and conduct the research needed to meet the challenges facing the tropical world.
JCU’s activities have a strong focus on regional Queensland but its impact and reach are international, as recognised in the respected 2010 Shanghai Jiao Ton World University ranking system which placed JCU in the top 400 universities in the world. It is one of only two Queensland Universities to achieve this ranking.
CQUniversity’s presence in Townsville is continuing to grow with the launch of a new Townsville Campus in April 2015, which was in addition to the already established Distance Education Study Centre that launched in September 2014.
Study areas include Apprenticeships, Trades and Training, Business, Accounting and Law, Creative, Performing and Visual Arts, Education and Humanities, Engineering and Built Environment, Health, Information Technology and Digital Media, Psychology, Social Work and Community Services, Science and Environment, and Work and Study Preparation.
CQUniversity continues to be a leader in the delivery of distance education with approximately half the cohort made up of students studying by distance education. Compared to other Universities, CQUniversity is also proud to have the highest ratio of students from mature age, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, first-in-family and low socio-economic backgrounds.