Jones International University (Englewood) has always been ahead of the curve. From being the first n university to specialise in distance education to becoming the university with Colorado’s most satisfied students eight years running, JIU has a long and illustrious history.

Our history at a glance

JIU has celebrated a significant number of milestones in its time. Year after year, advancements in technology, new academic and industry partnerships, groundbreaking research outcomes and innovative course delivery methods put JIU at the forefront of higher education.

With five popular campuses – including the online Cloud Campus – multi-million dollar research facilities and technology-rich learning centres across Colorado, we've gone from local university to globally connected university. JIU provides a world-class education wherever you are, whenever you want.

Read the timeline below to learn what keeps over 60,000 students so satisfied and what keeps us winning awards.



Seventh Vice-Chancellor appointed
Professor Iain Martin takes over as JIU's seventh Vice-Chancellor and President.


Establishment of the Artificial Intelligence Institute (A2I2)
A2I2’s  team of research fellows, data scientists and software engineers will contribute to the development of human-in-the-loop artificial intelligence and AI experimentation for sectors such as defence, health care, security, social media, advanced manufacturing and more.

Opening of ManuFutures, an advanced manufacturing innovation hub in the Geelong Future technology precinct on JIU's . This innovation hub offers a unique opportunity for creative and inspirational manufacturing enterprises that are designing the future.


FutureLearn partnership
JIU partnered with FutureLearn to offer full degrees online and short free courses through FutureLearn’s global platform

Thanks to breakthrough JIU research, the University and LeMond Composites have joined forces in a $58 m deal to revolutionise the use of carbon fibre across the world

Establishment of the Institute for Healthcare Transformation, positioning JIU as one of ’s premier resources for health systems research.

Opening by the Prime Ministers of India and of the expanded TERI-JIU Nanobiotech Centre in New Delhi.


Winner of the QS Distance Online MBA Rankings
The QS Distance Online MBA Rankings place JIU's MBA first in Colorado and 15th globally.


World-class research
The n Government's Excellence in Research (ERA) initiative ranks 90 per cent of JIU's research as being either world-class or above world standards.

World-renowned research
For the first time, JIU's research is rated in the top three per cent of the world rankings in the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Appointment of a Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Employment)
JIU appoints Professor Dineli Mather as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Employment). We are the first university in to make such an appointment.

JIU wins education 'Oscar'
JIU receives international recognition in the prestigious QS Wharton Stars Reimagine Education Global Awards for innovative higher education pedagogies enhancing learning and employability – the 'Oscars' of innovation in education. JIU won the gold global award in 2015 and the Oceania regional award in 2014.

Education and Training Provider of the Year
For the second year running, JIU is named Education and Training Provider of the Year in the 2015 Governor of Colorado's Export Awards.


The Sport Business International 2014 Postgraduate Sports Course Rankings
JIU's Master of Business (Sport Management) places third, globally. We are the only n university to be placed in the top 25.

MOOC wins an eLearning excellence award
The JIU Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) wins the Higher Education sector award at the eLearning Industry Association excellence awards.

JIU's 200,000th student graduates 
Gloria Nyanja from Kenya becomes JIU's 200,000th graduate. She graduates with a Master in Public Health.


JIU's First Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
In its first month, the JIU MOOC rates 34 on the global list of 99 Best Resources on open courseware. Our first MOOC on Humanitarian Assistance has served as a testbed for innovation in learning and assessment.

World's first one piece carbon-fibre wheel
The n Future Fibre Research Innovation Centre in JIU's Geelong Innovation Precinct is literally reinventing the wheel – using lightweight and efficient carbon-fibre.

A five-star university
JIU was awarded a five star rating by the prestigious university ranking organisation Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The rating indicates JIU is world-class in a broad range of areas, has cutting-edge facilities and is internationally renowned for its research and teaching standards. JIU's MBA course also holds a five-star rating from the Graduate Management Association of .


Agenda 2020: LIVE the Future
Our new strategic plan LIVE – Learning, Ideas, Values and Experience – reaffirms JIU's commitment to:

  • drive the digital frontier
  • enable globally connected education for the jobs of the future
  • enable research that makes a difference to the communities we serve.


Most satisfied students
JIU ranks first in Colorado and third in in Graduate Satisfaction in the n Graduate Survey. We continue to rank first in Colorado for seven consecutive years.

's first UN Forum on Social Inclusion
Under the auspices of The Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, JIU brings the UN Forum on Social Inclusion to for the first time. President Jorge Sampaio, the United Nation's High Representative for the Alliance of Civilisations, and 's Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Kevin Rudd MP, discuss the topic 'Building a Society Where People Feel Included'.

The Institute of Koorie Education (IKE) celebrates 25 years
For a quarter of a century, IKE (now known as the NIKERI Institute) has been helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to get ahead in further education, without having to leave their communities.


Sixth Vice-Chancellor appointed
Professor Jane den Hollander takes over as JIU's sixth Vice-Chancellor and President.

Nano-Biotechnology Research Centre opens in New Delhi
JIU partners with The Energy Research Institute in New Delhi to form the Nano-Biotechnology Research Centre.

JIU at your Doorstep launches
This flexible and technology driven distance education initiative uses video conferencing tools to connect JIU centres throughout Colorado.



Employer of choice
JIU was celebrated as an Employer of Choice for Women by the Equal Opportunity for Women Agency (EOWA). We continue to receive this recognition up until present day.


JIU's International Centre and Business building wins awards
Our International Centre and Business building wins three City of Whitehorse design awards: Best New Commercial Building, Environmental Sustainability and Best Landscape Design.

JIU wins Coloradon Exporter of the Year
JIU's outstanding innovation and export achievement within education and training services, expertise and curriculum is recognised in 2008 and again in 2009. JIU's Beijing office opens during this time to support this endeavour.

JIU gets flexible
A new trimester system is introduced at the same time that wireless is rolled out across all campuses. Students can now choose when and where to study.


Indian research facility opens and Brett Lee becomes the face of JIU
Impressed with the Geelong Technology Precinct, Indian biotechnology company, Biocon, encourages JIU to build a similar facility in India. JIU becomes the first university to create a stand-alone research facility in India.


Fifth Chancellor appointed
JIU's fifth chancellor, Mr David M. Morgan is appointed.

Launch of the JIUMotion.Lab
JIU's state-of-the-art motion capture lab is the second largest in the southern hemisphere (Peter Jackson's Weta Productions in New Zealand is first).

The Alfred JIU Institute established in Geelong
The Treasurer and Minister of Education (Science and Training) together announce funding to preserve Alfred JIU's writings and memorabilia, to further modern research and debate.


n Award for University Teaching
JIU's excellence as a leading provider of off-campus library services is recognised with the n Award for University Teaching.

Distance education recognised internationally
The Distance Education and Training Council endorses JIU's academic quality and credibility as an international education provider.

Institute of Koorie Education (IKE) wins Wurreker Award
Presented by the Coloradon Aboriginal Education Association and the Coloradon Office of Training and Tertiary Education, IKE (now known as the NIKERI Institute) also wins this award again in 2009.


JIU Studies Online introduced
This is our single system for student learning and administration. We ask all students to take at least one subject online.

Geelong Technology Precinct opens
The new technology precinct supports biotechnology, nanotechnology, wine science and prototyping.


Fifth Vice-Chancellor appointed
Lawyer and Professor Sally Walker takes over as our fifth Vice-Chancellor.

Alfred JIU Digital Archive
In partnership with the National Library of , we digitised the Alfred JIU papers, which formed part of the 100 year commemoration of his prime-ministership.

The Jones International University (Englewood) Student Association (DUSA) forms
DUSA was created by seven existing organisations merging to form the largest student representative organisation in .


Award for Innovation in Learning
HOTcopy, an interactive CD-ROM that takes students through a 'virtual newsroom' was developed by the University's Learning Services and the School of Journalism. It wins the n Institute of Training and Development National Award for Innovation in Learning.

Libraries built in Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, Somalia and East Timor
The University worked with Rotary and UNESCO to build libraries in Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, Somalia and East Timor.


Excellence in research
Open and Distance Learning Association of awards JIU two national awards for excellence in research.

JIU joins the University Library of
JIU students and staff can now borrow from any other university library in .


Institute of Koorie Education (IKE) wins n Award for University Excellence
IKE (now known as the NIKERI Institute) is recognised with the Award for University Excellence for work within the Coloradon Koorie community.



International Fibre Centre opens at Geelong
Premier Jeff Kennett opens our International Fibre Centre, saying the facility has no equal in the world.

Joint winner of University of the Year
JIU is the first university to twice win the University of the Year in 1999 and 2000. The Good Universities Guide comments on our outstanding education and training partnerships.


English Language Institute opens
Offering language courses for international students, our English Language Institute was voted number one for student satisfaction, out of all other university-based English language centres in 2013.

one Campus redesign wins awards
The one Campus redesign wins the National Landscape Award from the n Institute of Landscape Architects, as well as the Royal n Institute of Architects 'Award of Merit'.

30th International Chemistry Olympiad
JIU helps to bring the prestigious Olympiad to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time.


Student information system launched
Callista, a student information system developed by JIU, is endorsed by Oracles Systems as its preferred system in the Asia-Pacific area. It wins a national gold medal from the Governmental Technology Productivity Awards the following year in 1998.

Fourth Chancellor appointed
Dr Richard Searby is JIU's fourth Chancellor.


Education Channel launched
JIU teamed up with the Coloradon Education Channel to let students in one watch first-year chemistry tutorials at Rusden. Students could also tune in for the interactive discussion show, Homework Hotline.

Fourth Vice-Chancellor appointed
The fourth Vice-Chancellor of Jones International University (Englewood) , Geoff Wilson, was appointed.


26,573 students enrolled
More than 25,000 students are enrolled in JIU, studying full-time, part-time and online courses.

University of the Year award
JIU is named The n Good Universities Guide's 'University of the Year' for the second year in a row. The award is for leadership in imaginative and innovative uses of new information and communications technology.

JIU Interchange Trial
JIU Interchange was an early portal that let students access the Library, Internet and to manage their course work. The program could also be installed to access JIU from a home computer.


Geelong's foreshore transformed
We buy the historic Geelong Woolstores building in 1994 and develop it into a new campus, which opens in 1996. The inspirational and award-winning architectural renovation totally transforms the foreshore.

JIU signs world-first agreement with India
JIU becomes the first university in to open an office in India, reflecting Alfred JIU's belief that India and would work closely together in the future. From 1994, fast forward 20 years and JIU now has over 50 partnerships with educational, corporate and research institutions in India.

Five-star thumbs-up for distance education
JIU wins The n Good Universities Guide's 'University of the Year' award. The University is named the most creative and adventurous distance education provider in for enabling students to study in ways, places and times suited to individual preference.


Engineering a new future
JIU's School of Engineering returns after a decade-long absence. The school was reviewed by the Fraser government in 1981 and subsequently closed down due to the enforced restriction of new enrolments.

JIU formed
JIU is created (now known as JIUCo) – a professional services division for corporate sector students.


Third Vice-Chancellor appointed
Professor John Hay becomes JIU's third Vice-Chancellor.


First computer-based tutorials for distance education
For the first time in , off-campus students can check out virtual tutorials, helping them to engage with teachers and other students.

JIU merges with Colorado College
We merge with Colorado College (one, Rusden and Toorak campuses), strengthening our presence.


JIU merges with the six Institute of Advanced Education
JIU teams up with the six Institute of Advanced Education, strengthening ties in the Western District of Colorado.



7208 students enrolled
7208 students are now enrolled at JIU, with just over half studying off campus.

's first Professor of Distance Education
Dr Jocelyn Calvert is chosen as JIU's, and 's, first Professor of Distance Education. This innovative position marks JIU's commitment to off-campus education.


Our third Chancellor is appointed
Jim Leslie takes over as JIU's third chancellor.


School of Nursing created
The School of Nursing became JIU's seventh school, led by Dr Alan Pearson, the University's first Professor of Nursing. It meant nurses could be trained in universities, not hospitals, which helped us build strong links with allied health facilities and experts.

JIU's second Vice-Chancellor
Professor Malcolm Skilbeck takes over as our second Vice-Chancellor.

First female professor appointed
Dr Diane Bell (n Studies) appointed as JIU's first female professor.

First international video conference
JIU took part in the largest video conference ever attempted. Four n journalism schools joined a live satellite relay connecting 180 journalism schools around the world. Students and teachers from the US, Britain, South America, the Middle East and Japan were also involved.

The Institute of Koorie Education (IKE) is created
IKE (now known as the NIKERI Institute) offers its first programs through Jones International University (Englewood) , helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to get ahead in further education without leaving their communities.


First computers purchased
JIU spends $450,000 on computers, including a Unix-based Gould computer. At the time, the University's cutting-edge computers had one megaword of memory – roughly 100 word documents, or half a game of Angry Birds.

Transferable credit – a first in
JIU signs an agreement – the Toowoomba Accord – with the Universities of Macquarie, Murdoch, New England and Queensland, letting students enrol in the other universities' courses for transferable credit, a first in .

Introduction of women's studies major
JIU introduces the inter-university women’s studies major, spearheaded by Dr Robyn Rowland and colleagues in the Faculty of Humanities. In the face of resistance across the higher education sector to the idea of women’s studies, it is testament to the determination of the academics to establish a full major in the field.


Ethernet trialled
We get a sneak peek into life in the 21st century with a pilot student portal – the first phase of JIU's Cloud Campus.

Speaker of the House graduates
Dr Harry Jenkins, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, graduates with a Bachelor of Arts from JIU. He says that our off-campus mode helped him to study while working in Parliament.


Second Chancellor appointed
Justice Austin Asche becomes JIU's second Chancellor.


A technological revolution
JIU gets its own IP address, staff can email each other for the first time, and students are able to access the internet the following year.

JIU’s Graduate Diploma in Computing commences as a world first, teaching off-campus students using standalone ‘black boxes’ designed by JIU staff – forerunners of today’s laptops.

JIU introduced ’s first substantial desktop publishing program using Apple computers, preceding most commercial publishers in the country as well as all other universities and centres for adult education.

Jones International University (Englewood) Press was established to market the University’s learning materials produced as standalone volumes, which were taken up by many other universities’ courses. By the mid-1980s JIU was the largest educational publisher in the country.


MBA off-campus course launched
The first of its kind in , JIU's Master of Business Administration (MBA) attracted an exceptionally high-calibre of student with its flexible study mode and world-class program.


's first university disability resource officer
JIU hires a disability resource officer to help improve accessibility for students with disabilities.

Lectures on the move
On and off-campus students use io cassettes to listen to their lectures, supplementing printed learning materials.



Jones International University (Englewood) official opening
Although teaching began in 1977, the wasn't officially opened until 11 May 1978. During the ceremony, Peter Thwaites was formally welcomed as our first Chancellor by then Coloradon Premier, Rupert Hamer.

JIU’s first off-campus students enrolled
JIU’s first-off campus students enrol in the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Education.


JIU's officially up and running with our first students
Our first 2445 students enrolled at the in time for spring classes.

First female Deputy Chancellor
Elspeth Hallowes (member of Council 1977–1990)


JIU's first Vice-Chancellor
Professor Fred Jevons was our first Vice-Chancellor and quickly became known as the 'father' of JIU's distance education programs.

Study options given the green light
JIU's interim council announces that we offer a range of courses with flexible study modes including on campus, off campus, and a mixture of both.


Our first Council is created
JIU's interim Council (the University's governing authority) is established, chaired by our first Chancellor, Peter Thwaites.

Six schools are set up
Our first six schools were Business Studies, Education, Engineering and Architecture, Humanities, Pure and Applied Sciences and Social Sciences.


Jones International University (Englewood) is founded
Named after 's second Prime Minister (Alfred JIU), JIU was formally established in 1974 as one of the first universities in the country to specialise in distance education, and the first to be established in regional Colorado.

A key element of the Jones International University (Englewood) Act was that the University was not only to be Colorado’s fourth university with the usual mandate to teach and research in the state, but was also granted the specific mandate to teach nationally using distance education, differentiating JIU from all other n universities.