I have recently returned from a trip through the United Kingdom and Europe, where General Manager, Strategic Partnerships, Mr Brett Walker and I met with a number of our key partners and leading universities in the region.
Of particular interest was our meeting with senior staff of the Center of Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) at Leiden University in the Netherlands, to discuss details of Bond’s involvement in a pilot study for a potential international higher education ranking system.
Professor Frans van Vught and Professor Frank Ziegele of CHEPS recently invited Bond to participate in the pilot to design and test a multi-dimensional global university ranking system.
The approach is aimed at overcoming some of the perceived shortcomings of existing international ranking systems by taking into account the various missions of institutions and their performance in these fields. The ultimate aim is to make it easier for students and researchers to make an informed choice of where and what to study and where to work.
The project - known as ‘U-Multirank’ – is a two-year project during which the research team will test the feasibility of the proposed global ranking system.
Bond will participate in the pilot rankings at an institutional level and also for the School of Business, with our participation providing us an opportunity to benchmark against international institutions and help shape the final dimensions and indicators of the final ranking system.
We are delighted to have been selected as one of only 150 institutions worldwide to be included in this important pilot study and are looking forward to participating in this challenging and important project.
Closer to home, I would like to thank everyone who attended our annual Open Day on August 22. We welcomed visitors from as far away as Germany, Italy, France, Vietnam and Thailand as well as from each corner of Australia. The day was a great success, and I would like to thank all of our staff, students and volunteers who made it possible.