Education and research and development are key drivers of the region’s future economic prosperity.
Industry and skills requirements in Cairns (and the broader FNQ region) are supported by a number of educational facilities including:
- James Cook University
- Tropical North Queensland TAFE
- Cairns Aviation Skills Centre
- Great Barrier Reef International Marine College
The growth of the education sector is reflected by recent major investments which include: the JCU School of Dentistry; the JCU Queensland Tropical Health Alliance Laboratory; the Tropical Medicine Mosquito Research Facility; the Cairns Institute; and the Great Barrier Reef International Marine College.
As the number one study tourism destination in Queensland, Cairns offers some of the world’s highest quality study programs, with over 20,000 students per year from a range of nationalities studying in the region.