The natural disasters in many parts of Australia have understandably affected us all. As a former medical practitioner in rural communities, I appreciate how the kindred spirit to rebuild is alive and strong within these devastated communities and, like so many others, the Bond community has come forward to help. In January, the University provided a $10,000 donation to the (Queensland) Premier’s Flood Appeal and we raised more than $18,500 from staff, students, alumni and friends of the university to support affected students, our sustainable development students continue to volunteer with architects and engineers doing assessments, and many staff have personally volunteered their time to help with the clean up. The road to recovery will be long, but the Bond community is committed to assisting; however we can.
I was pleased to welcome our first Architectural Studies students this semester and thank benefactor Mr Soheil Abedian and his wife Anne for making a personal visit to meet with and inspire them. The students took the opportunity to showcase their first pieces of assessment.
The results of the recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report were most pleasing with highly positive feedback for our university. The Australian Financial Review even commented that our Business and Management research efforts are rated equal 4th in Australia – an outstanding result for a small and young university. Whilst our focus is, and must be, on the ‘quality student experience’ with an emphasis on small classes, academics and facilities, the nexus between teaching and research is well established. We will use this latest report to plan the next stage of our ‘quality’ journey as a leading international university in Australia.
In other great news, and following the highly commendable results of the 2010 Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) audit, Bond has been selected by AUQA as the international exemplar of Internationalisation of the Curriculum. International university colleagues are now looking to Bond’s description of good practice to model their approach to teaching their international students and preparing all students to contribute to the global society.
I am confident that the vast majority of the Bond community understand only too well that such positive outcomes continue to build upon and enhance our reputation as a leading international institution.
Professor Robert Stable
Vice-Chancellor and President