TEXT FRANCIS KAN
PHOTOGRAPHY JOSEPH NAIR
James Cook University offers a visionary
education for a meaningful career that can
make an impact on the world.
The world is facing myriad of challenges, from climate change and food security to mental health issues. While it is encouraging that more people are coming forward to help create awareness on global issues, one educational institution is working to equip a new generation of professionals with the knowledge and skills to address them.
The Singapore campus of James Cook University (JCU) provides relevant educational programmes that meet the needs of employers and society in Singapore and the region. It does this by providing what it calls “visionary education” — degree courses in fields that make a difference.
For instance, JCU promoted Psychology education in Singapore after anticipating growing demand for mental health practitioners. In the same vein, the school unveiled its plans to build capabilities to aid in solving Climate Change and Food Security with its Environmental Science and Aquaculture courses.
“JCU has a mission of creating a brighter future for people who live in the tropics worldwide through our graduates and discoveries that make a difference. This is not a short-term focus, but defines our existence as an institution,” says Professor Chris Rudd OBE, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of Campus Singapore, at JCU.
The urgent need to find solutions to global problems was thrown into sharp relief this year, with rising sea levels, raging bush fires and the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic ripping across the globe.
“What’s going on in 2020 is a reminder of the fragility of our world. It is our duty to target research and programmes to deliver solutions to these real-world issues and make an impact to the most fragile and populous of the world’s regions. We want to make sure every student walks out of JCU with this mission in their hearts and heads,” says Prof Rudd.
JCU’s commitment to this mission has led to it being ranked among the top universities in the world. Established in 1970, JCU is the second-oldest
university in the Australian state of Queensland. Since then, it has grown to become a dynamic, multi-campus university.
The school started its Singapore campus in 2003, where it boasts a diverse mix of students mainly from Asia, with some also hailing from Australia, North America and Europe.
of agricultural land is equipped for irrigation in 79 of 113 countries studied by The 2019 Global Food Security Index.
Singapore imports more than 90 per cent of food consumed in the country.