Australia’s James Cook University Partners with Keypath Education to Launch Key Postgraduate Programs

CHICAGO (September 11, 2017) – James Cook University (JCU), a globally-ranked university with approximately 22,000 students and two campuses in northern Queensland, Australia and a campus in Singapore, has chosen Keypath Education as its online program management (OPM) partner. JCU is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

The ten-year partnership between JCU and Keypath will entail relaunching an existing Master of Nursing online program, as well as launching a Master of Data Science program in the online accelerated format. Courses commence for these two programs on October 30, 2017. The partnership will support a growing portfolio of online programs over the next several years.

Keypath will provide their complete suite of online program management services, including market research, funding, course design, student recruitment, marketing, and student retention and success services. The goals of the partnership are to grow JCU market share in new and existing markets through the expansion of online degree programs.

“We needed an online enablement partner with deep expertise in our region to successfully launch new programs and capitalize on emerging markets. Keypath has demonstrated both, and embedded with our staff for a unique and consultative relationship,” said James Cook University Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Chris Cocklin.

Keypath Education CEO Steve Fireng said, “James Cook University has incredible potential to attract not only domestic students but over time expand to recruit international students increasingly looking beyond their own borders to further their education online. Our partnership ensures JCU has in-demand programs, recruitment strategies and student support services necessary to grow their enrollment at home and abroad, backed by a diverse team dedicated to academic excellence and world-class distance learning experiences.”

About James Cook University

One of the world’s leading institutions focusing on the tropics, Australia’s James Cook University is surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the Wet tropics, the dry savannahs, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef. Its unique location enables students from Australia and overseas to study in a diverse physical environment unparalleled by any university in the world. Ranked in the top 2% of the world’s tertiary institutions, James Cook University is dedicated to creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide, through graduates and discoveries that make a difference. Learn more at

About Keypath Education

Keypath Education is dedicated to creating global access to high-quality online education by partnering with the world’s best universities to launch and grow high-quality degree programs via its online program management (OPM) division. Through OPM partnerships, Keypath acts as an extension of the university’s team, keeping its brand and academic rigor intact while accelerating the growth and quality of the university program portfolio. Services provided include market research, capital investment, program development, marketing, student recruitment, retention and course development. The company has offices and partners in the United States, Canada, the U.K. and Australia. Learn more at