I am very pleased to advise that the Federal Government has approved $3 million in funding (payable in 2010) towards the cost of our new building for the Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development.
The funding, from the Australian Government's Higher Education Capital Development Pool, follows detailed submissions and persistent representation by our hard working Chancellor, Mr Trevor Rowe AM.
Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Honourable Julie Bishop MP announced the funding on October 3.
This is an outstanding result which has significantly helped our endeavours to construct Australia's first education building awarded 6 star status by the Green Business Council of Australia.
On behalf of the entire Bond community, I sincerely thank Trevor Rowe and our local Federal Member, Mrs Margaret May MP, for the tireless work that they have done to achieve this excellent outcome.
For those who have not seen the plans for this innovative new building, they are currently on display on the Ground Floor of the Chancellery. The design of the building includes a Living Laboratory which will be available for school and community groups to visit to see 'sustainability' in action. This will be a fantastic resource for the Gold Coast.
Professor Robert Stable
Vice-Chancellor and President
INVESTING IN YOUR FUTURE
The decisions of what and where to study and how to finance a university degree are important ones – they affect future career direction, earning potential and quality of life. But with Australian students enjoying greater freedom and choice than ever before when it comes to selecting a higher education provider, making those decisions can be difficult.
Bond University offers ‘Investing in Your Future’ seminars that can help eliminate the confusion students and their parents often face when deciding on a university by providing answers to questions such as; ‘How do I finance my degree?’; ‘How do I apply for university?’; and ‘What scholarships are available to me?’.
The free seminars clearly outline the Bond University promise – a fast-tracked degree, a personalised education approach and a world-class learning environment - and provide details of Bond’s $7.5 million scholarship program. And, as the name ‘Investing in Your Future’ suggests, the seminars also deliver a comprehensive explanation of the variety of options available to students to help pay for their tuition fees.
A university degree is one of the most important investments a person can make in their lifetime. As with all investments, the rate of return of both the short-term career opportunities and the long-term lifetime earnings must be taken into consideration.
Bond’s three-semesters-per-year program allows students to graduate up to a year earlier than their peers at other universities, seeing them out in the workplace earning higher starting salaries sooner (The 2008 Good Universities Guide rates Bond University five stars for graduate starting salaries).
There are a number of options available to assist students with financing their investment in a Bond University education, from student loan schemes and government assistance packages like FEE-HELP, to earn while you learn and work study agreements, tax deductibility and scholarships.
As a private, not-for-profit university, Bond University re-invests 100% of tuition fees back into the university, allowing it to offer world-class facilities, state-of-the-art learning resources, a lower student to staff ratio and access to Australia’s leading academics and corporate achievers.
For more information about financing a university education at Bond University, attend the Investing in Your Future Seminar on 17 December at 6.15pm. To register, visit www.bond.edu.au/investinginyourfuture or phone 1800 074 074.
NEW PROGRAMS ANNOUNCED FOR 2008
Both the Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development and the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine have announced new programs to be offered from January 2008.
New Offerings from the Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development:
The School is the first designated planning and design institute that fully integrates environmental, urban planning and architectural disciplines with the practical issues of financial viability and societal expectations.
Bachelor of Urban Design and Planning
With over 50% of the world’s population now living in urban areas, there is a worldwide need for professionals with the knowledge and skills to make urban places liveable and sustainable. The Bachelor of Urban Design and Planning is one of the few programs in the world to offer urban design and planning study at an undergraduate level. Graduates can make their careers in a variety of built environment professions involved in creating sustainable cities, including Urban and Town Planners.
Master of Property Valuation
The current demand for qualified people in the property valuation area provides excellent opportunities for graduates to become industry leaders within Australia and internationally. This degree provides the educational foundations for an extensive range of career options, including property valuation, property management and investment appraisal. "A career in property valuation offers a mix of indoor and outdoor activity, opportunities for travel, professional responsibility and flexibility of employment regardless of age," says Associate Professor of Urban Development Lynne Armitage.
Bachelor of Business Systems / Master of Business Systems
The demand for IT graduates across all sectors of employment continues to increase; there are currently over 29,000 jobs advertised on seek.com.au for IT professionals. This increase is set to soar according to a new study released by analyst IDC and software company Microsoft. They predict that "Australia’s IT industry is set to create 40,000 new jobs and generate more than $11 billion over the next four years". The current trend indicates that employers are not only looking for IT graduates with technical skills but for those individuals whose skills are complemented by business qualifications.
Bond University is addressing this demand for qualified IT and Business professionals and as of January 2008 will be offering a combined IT/Business degree. The Bachelor of Business Systems and the Master of Business Systems is designed to bring together, in a single program, the financial, business systems and technology management skills that will form the foundation for a comprehensive knowledge base. Suitable for those aspiring to careers as senior managers and planners within information-rich and process-oriented organisations.
New Offering from the Bond University Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine:
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Sports Management
Sporting stars are increasingly in the media due to clashes with the law. The Laws/Sports Management combined program will provide graduates with a thorough understanding of sports management as well as the eligibility to be admitted as a legal practitioner (in QLD) after completing the Professional Legal Training (PLT) Course. Students will have access to leading academics in both the fields of law, sports, management and marketing with this innovative program drawing on the knowledge and expertise from the relevant faculties within Bond University. This will provide graduates with a well-rounded and multi-disciplinary qualification relevant to today’s workforce.
LAST CHANCE FOR YR 10 AND 11 STUDENTS TO APPLY FOR RSL GRANTS
Year 10 and Year 11 Queensland students have until 5pm on 31 October to complete their application for the new 2008 RSL Youth Development Program that will benefit over 140 high achieving students.
The program has been created by the RSL, together with Bond University, to support senior school students through their academic and sporting pursuits.
With over half a million dollars worth of grants available in 2008, each grant is worth between $2,600 (for students studying year 11 in 2008) and $5,200 (for students studying year 12 in 2008).
RSL (Qld Branch) State President Doug Formby says the RSL Youth Development Program was designed to encourage school students to develop pride in, and loyalty to, the nation.
"As well as offering an outstanding educational opportunity, we hope these grants will promote awareness amongst Australia’s youth of the sacrifices our veterans have made, and of the ANZAC values they strived to defend – those values of courage, mateship, determination, humour and ingenuity," he said.
"RSL Queensland believes in nurturing and investing in Australia’s youth to ensure that the strength, vitality and security of our nation are enhanced and preserved." he said.
Current year 10 and current Year 11 Queensland students can apply for an RSL Youth Development Program grant in the following categories: Academic Achievement; Sporting Achievement; and Community Leadership and Civic Participation.
Applications can be lodged online via www.RSLyouth.com.au where students will be required to highlight their achievements to date, submit a personal reference, and write an essay about the importance of the RSL and ANZAC values to Australia’s youth.
Online applications are open now and close at 5pm on Wednesday 31 October 2007.
Winners of the 2008 RSL Youth Development Program from around Queensland will be announced in November 2007 and will be invited to a one-day Leadership Forum at Bond University on Australia Day 2008.
For more information visit - www.RSLyouth.com.au
STUDENT STOCKBROKERS PREPARE TO TAKE ON THE SHAREMARKET
The ASX Schools Sharemarket Game sponsored by Bond University has kicked-off again, with an estimated 40,000 high school students from around Australia expected to take part this year.
The game involves students in grades 7-12 trading $50,000 in hypothetical cash on the Australian sharemarket, buying and selling shares online with the aim of creating a healthy profit.
A prize pool of $25,000 is on offer for the students or student teams with the highest returns at the end of the eight-week competition.
As understanding the sharemarket is no easy feat, Bond University is helping students by offering a range of support services throughout the competition. Players have access to a dedicated Finance Tutor and receive weekly newsletters with hints and tips.
This year’s Finance Tutor is Adrian Gepp, who himself participated in the ASX Schools Sharemarket Game when he was in high school.
Mr Gepp is scheduled to visit Gold Coast high school St Hilda’s College to introduce their year 10 classes to the concepts behind the game.
"I plan to run a small trading simulation with pretend ‘Bond Money’ and chocolate. It teaches the students the basic concept of sharemarket trading - "buy low and sell high" – and also introduces them to the idea of determining market price and the bid/ask process.
"It’s great to see the enthusiasm of the students and the buzz that trading brings to them," Mr Gepp said.
It’s not too late to take part in this year’s game. Students or teachers who would like more information about how to be involved in the ASX Schools Sharemarket Game should contact Mrs Michelle Macwhirter at Michelle_Macwhirter@bond.edu.au or phone (07) 5595 1192.
ATTENTION ALL BUDDING SPIELBERGS: BUFTA APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!
Bond University invites all year 11 and 12 budding filmmakers to enter the Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA).
The nation wide competition opened on October 1, with entries closing November 1, and is expected to attract more than 150 short-film entries with the winner taking out a full tuition film and television scholarship (valued at $74,880) at Bond University.
Films of up to eight minutes in length and produced by students within the last 12 months will be accepted across the six categories of Animation, Drama, Documentary, Experimental, Comedy and Other.
The competition is free to enter and students are encouraged to enter as many short-films as they like.
Finalists are invited to attend the official Bond University Film and Television Gala Awards Night held at Bond’s Gold Coast campus on December 7.
Previous winners of the prestigious award have gone on to achieve nationwide recognition for their contribution to the industry.
South Australian Cameron Edser’s 2005 winning animation, The Bushman of Bunyip Billabong, (pictured) secured his place in Bond’s film and television school and has lead to further success in the industry.
"Winning BUFTA was a great help and it has really helped put my name, and my film, on the map," Cameron said.
His winning short film, The Bushman of Bunyip Billabong, has since been accepted in over 20 international film festivals and saw him awarded $15,000 as a finalist in the Nescafe Big Break Competition.
An online tutorial is available for further information on competition requirements as well as tricks of the trade from renowned industry leaders.
All senior students aspiring to break into the Australian Film and Television industry are encouraged to become involved in this year’s BUFTAs.
Calls for applications opened on October 1 and close on November 1, 2007.
For more information or to view past winning entries visit www.bond.edu.au/bufta/.
FACULTY OF LAW ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET
It has been an eventful month for Bond University’s Faculty of Law, with the Faculty hosting two separate visits from distinguished practitioners as well as a Legal Profession networking evening to mark the opening of the new Legal Skills Centre.
Dr Marie Bismark was a guest of the Faculty for the first week of October. Dr Bismark is a doctor and lawyer from New Zealand who works at the interface between law, medicine and mediation. Bond Law students had the privilege of attending special presentations by Dr Bismark on medical negligence, telemedicine, and medical tourism, while Health Science and Medicine students benefited from an interesting presentation on ‘what motivates patients to make complaints’. Dr Bismark is pictured (far right) with Carol Grace, President of the Victorian ADR Committee and Professor of Law Laurence Boulle.
Mary Walker (pictured left), who is a pioneer barrister / mediator from the NSW Bar and has one of the largest commercial mediation practices in Australia, joined the Law Faculty the following week, sharing her knowledge on how to prepare for representing clients in mediation as well as issues in court connected mediation. She conducted various negotiation and mediation exercises, delivered a lecture on expert witnesses and was a guest judge at the Staff vs Student Debate held on Thursday October 11.
Mrs Walker had the opportunity to utilise the Faculty’s new Legal Skills Centre, and was very impressed with the technology on offer, commenting the new building provided "a fabulous way to learn law".
"I would love to have that level of sophistication in the court rooms in which I appear," she said.
Mrs Walker’s husband, John Walker, was also in the Faculty for a short time and gave a presentation to colleagues on his area of authority - Litigation Funding.
To cap off the month's activities, over 150 legal professionals, students and staff gathered outside the new Legal Skills Centre on October 23 for the Faculty’s Legal Profession networking event.
Guest of Honour was The Hon. Kerry Shine MP, Attorney General, Minister for Justice & Minister Assisting the Premier in Western Queensland, who, along with guests, took the opportunity to tour the Legal Skills Centre, viewing a range of demonstrations.
The demonstrations showcased the Centre’s moot courts, video conferencing facilities, interviewing rooms, dispute resolution rooms as well as the latest teaching technology and electronic evidence management systems which replicate the technology used by the High Court of Australia.
The Legal Skills Centre is being used by Bond law students and is now available to the legal profession and the general community.
Pictured at the event is Dean of Law Professor Duncan Bentley, The Hon Kerry Shine MP and President of the Gold Coast District Law Association Ted Skuse.
ACHIEVEMENTS AND APPOINTMENTS
This month has seen a book launch, an Education Awards Evening, Sports Presentation Dinner and two high profile appointments. If you know of a good success story, please email email@example.com.
Congratulations to Dean of Health Sciences & Medicine Professor Chris Del Mar who, together with fellow colleagues Associate Professor Jenny Doust (University of Queensland) and Professor Paul Glasziou (University of Oxford), celebrated the launch of their book, Clinical Thinking: Evidence, Communication and Decision Making in late September (pictured above).
Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke presented Keebra Park State High School Principal, Ms Fran Jones, with a $10,000 Principal’s Scholarship on behalf of Bond University and the Gold Coast City Council’s School Working Party at an awards evening held at Bond on Friday 19 October. The scholarship will cover Ms Jones costs to travel to Islington in England to visit schools and school authorities to learn of contemporary education practices to enhance pedagogy on the Gold Coast. Andrea Khoo was also recognised as the top education student for 2007 at the awards evening, being awarded the $500 Frank Surman Australian College of Educators Award by Mr Glen Finger, Gold Coast President of the Australian College of Educators.
Well done to Professor John Wade who has been appointed chairperson of the Family Law Council. Attorney-General Philip Ruddock announced the appointment, saying "Professor Wade teaches law at Bond University and has excellent qualifications for this position. He has both extensive practical experience as a mediator and an international reputation as a leading author in family law and dispute resolution."
Professor Peter Jones has been appointed the new Deputy Dean (Medicine) with the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine. Professor Jones is an experienced academic consultant Paediatrician, with special research expertise in the immunology of asthma, and broad experience in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical and health education. As the foundation Professor of Rural Health at the University of Newcastle, Peter established the University Department of Rural Health on behalf of the University of Newcastle, Northern New South Wales in Tamworth in 2002. He was also appointed as the foundation Director of the Newcastle University’s Medical School’s Rural Clinical School in 2006 and has run both the Rural Clinical School and UDRH for the University of Newcastle. His previous appointment was as the Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Newcastle.
The Bond Sports Awards dinner was held on October 4 at the Broadbeach Bowls Club to recognise sporting excellence by students over the past 12 months and to announce the new Sports Association. Bond University students had some outstanding sporting achievements throughout the year. The successful award recipients are as follows:
University Colour Awards
- Simon Pikkat (Skiing) – Simon won Gold at the recent Australian University Championships for Snow Sports in the Male Skier Cross and tied equal third overall for Male Freestyle skiing out of 43 competitiors.
- Paul Kapiris (AFL) – was selected in the "Green & Gold" Australian side following the University Games competition in recognition of his individual performance. Paul was the only Qld student to be selected.
- Tammy Semionov (Swimming) – won Gold in the 50m Breaststroke at the Australian University Games which was Bond University’s only Gold medal for the games.
University Blue Awards
- Annabelle Williams (Swimming) – Broke five World Records at the National Short Course Championships during the semester break, placed third in the 50m freestyle (EAD) at the Commonwealth Games and has been selected to represent Australia in November at the USA National Swimming Championships.
- Ben Daley (Rugby) – Vice-Captain of Australian U/19 Team that competed at World Championships in Ireland April 2007, contracted with Qld Reds for 2008.
Sports Star of the Year - Annabelle Williams
Outstanding Service Award - Emma Brown for her participation in on campus sporting activities and her representation at all three AUS events for the year, Gold Coast Challenge, AUC Snow Sports and Australian University Games
Sporting Silk Award - Paul Kapiris for his dedication and leadership to the AFL Club and to sport in general at Bond University.
Club of the Year - Rugby Club
Winning the War for Talent - Brisbane
Date: 13 November, 2007
Location: Conrad Treasury Casino, Brisbane
Bond University's Centre for Executive Education presents the Winning the War for Talent workshop with Mandy Johnson.
Explore practical strategies that organisations can use to attract, recruit and retain people in today's competitive world.
For more information, download the brochure: Winning the War for Talent (pdf- 740kb), or contact the Centre for Executive Education on 1800 220 144 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bond with Bond - Sydney
Date: 21 November, 2007
Location: The Menzies Hotel, Sydney
An opportunity to join Bond University's current, past and future students for an evening of networking. Especially useful for students planning to commence their studies at Bond in 2008.
Please register with NSW Admissions Manager Cassandra Moore by emailing email@example.com.
Bond with Bond - Brisbane
Date: 13 December, 2007
Location: Conrad Treasury, Brisbane
An opportunity to join Bond University's current, past and future students for an evening of networking. Especially useful for students planning to commence their studies at Bond in 2008.
Please register with Brisbane & Surrounds Admissions Manager Jennifer Morton by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Investing in Your Future
Date: 17 December, 2007
Time: 6.15pm - 8.00pm
Location: Cerum Theatre, Bond University
At this free seminar, find out about fast tracking your success, financing your study, FEE-HELP options and Bond University Scholarships.
For more information and to register, visit Investing in Your Future.
Student for a Semester
Next intake: January Semester
Student for a Semester is open to Grade 11 and 12 students in January, May and September each year. As an enrolled
University student, participants complete a university level subject for which they gain credit towards their future degree. This is a great opportunity for students to experience university life – both academically and socially – and gain an insight into study areas of interest. For more information or to apply, interested students should see their school’s Career Advisor or click here for an application form.
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CASTING A LINE FOR SUCCESS
At Bond University, when we ask our new students to imagine where they could be in five years’ time, we often hear some wild and way-out dreams. Even so, there aren’t too many who seriously believe they’ll be working with the likes of Hollywood mega-star Mel Gibson and Oscar-winning director, Steven Soderbergh.
But for 2005 film and television graduate, Rodrigo Urbano from Mexico, that’s exactly where his Bond degree has taken him – and in much less than five years.
Within a month of graduating from Bond and returning to Mexico City, Rodrigo had scored a plum job as Casting Assistant for Carla Hool Casting.
And before the year was out, he was giving Mel Gibson a hand, casting the Mayan-speaking roles for his blockbuster, Apocalypto.
Rodrigo came to Bond fresh out of high school and made his presence felt on campus as the first Latin and first film student elected to the Student Council. He also founded the Film and Television Student Society and served as President in its first year, earning a Res Council’s Community Service Award for his contributions to campus life.
Rodrigo chose Bond University due to the reputation of our Centre for Film, Television and Screen-Based Media and the fact that he could gain an internationally recognised university degree in just two years.
"In Mexico, the film schools award a certificate but it has no university or international industry recognition," he said.
"When I graduated in 2005, Bond’s Centre for Film, Television and Screen-Based Media was ranked as one of the top ten film schools in the world.
"Having a film degree from such a highly regarded institution, coupled with the fact that I’d studied overseas, really made a big difference when I started going to job interviews back home in Mexico."
Not that he would have gone for a lot of interviews: It took Rodrigo only two weeks to land a job with Carla Hool Casting and he was soon working with some of the biggest names in the business, casting Mexican and American feature film productions.
Two years after joining Carla Hool, the agency’s growth and success encouraged the opening of a Los Angeles branch; whereupon Rodrigo was promoted to Casting Associate and head of the Mexico office at just 24 years of age.
So far this year, he has worked with Oscar-winning director, Steven Soderbergh on his back-to-back Che Guevara biopics, Guerilla and The Argentine, as well as Disney’s South of the Border and Focus Features’ Sin Nombre.
If that’s what he can achieve in just two years out of uni, there’s no telling where Rodrigo will be in five years’ time.
FROM UNI TO DILI
Bond Uni law student Andrew George has already spent five months in the sweltering tropical heat of Timor Leste, and he still has one month to go. He's part of the Australian Government response to help restore peace in that country.
Andrew has taken a break from his law studies and put on his Air Force Reserve uniform, and he’s now on duty as a watchkeeper with the International Stabilisation Force in Dili.
Andrew joined the Reserve in 2001, and has already seen active service in the Middle East. This is his first tour of duty in Timor Leste.
"It’s a peacekeeping mission, and getting Timor Leste back on its feet is something that I believe in passionately," said Andrew. "It can be tough on the Aussies too, working in field conditions with heat and disease — but someone has to do it!
"I serve as a watch-keeper on the Headquarters staff. My job includes general coordination and assisting in the military response to civil disruption.
"There is no doubt that our actions here and now will shape the future of this country for several generations to come. I feel privileged to be a part of that.
"My most recent memorable moment was distributing rice to a school in a remote part of the country, not far from Balibo. I had about 150 kids rush up and start kissing my hands — just because of respect for the Australian uniform.
"They are real battlers here. Families are ravaged by disease such as tuberculosis, leprosy, dengue and malaria, yet they are always happy to say hello, and Timorese hospitality cannot be faulted.
But Andrew is also looking forward to returning home. "What can I say? Peacekeeping is no holiday and Uni seems so far away!"
Andrew is one of about 850 Australian Defence Force personnel currently serving in Timor Leste as part of Operation Astute, the Australian Government response to the Timorese Government request for assistance in restoring peace to their country.
As part of the International Stabilisation Force the Australians are assisting the Government of Timor Leste and the United Nations Police to provide a secure environment for all East Timorese.