Bond University is one of only three institutions globally to be shortlisted by the World Bank to host a new infrastructure program from 2011.
Stanford University in the United States and Queen’s University in Canada are the other two institutions selected by the prestigious organisation to submit tenders for the right to develop and lead the postgraduate program, which will focus heavily on private-public-partnerships (PPPs).
Head of the School of Sustainable Development, Professor George Earl (pictured), together with Associate Professor of Infrastructure Michael Regan, prepared Bond University’s submission to develop and host the post-graduate portal.
Professor Earl said Bond University’s bid to host the portal is the culmination of more than two years of discussions with the World Bank.
“From the World Bank’s perspective, they want the people they lend money to, to have the necessary experience and knowledge in the areas of PPPs and infrastructure. There are only a handful of universities around the world operating in this space, and Bond is the only university in Australia with the expertise to run a program of this nature,” he said.
“Our programs here at the Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development are designed to be world’s best practice in sustainability. To be recognised for our global leadership by such a prestigious organisation as the World Bank is very pleasing indeed,” Professor Earl said.
The World Bank will announce the winning submission at the end of May. If successful, Professor Earl and Associate Professor Regan will spend the remainder of the year developing the course content, with the offerings due to commence in January 2011.
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world, providing low-interest loans, interest-free credits and grants for a wide array of purposes that include investments in education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture and environmental and natural resource management.