It is truly wonderful to see the recognition that our University has received over the last few years, and is continuing to receive, as demonstrated not only by the doubling of student numbers over the last six years but also in the form of donated scholarships, gifts for specific purposes and Government grants. The dollar value of these grants and donations has been in excess of $32 million.
Dr Neil Balnaves stated at the opening of the Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre, when he announced a further grant of a minimum of $150,000 over three years on top of the initial $1.5 million donated, that he is very impressed indeed with what the University Council, Senior Management and Academic and General Staff have achieved over the last few years. In fact, he and others who have supported the University in this way have made it very clear that their support would not have been forthcoming without the environment of success that we have all created.
Well done to all and thank you for your contribution to our University’s outstanding success.
Professor Robert Stable
Vice-Chancellor and President
SCHOLARSHIPS TO BOOST INDIGENOUS TOURISM
In a significant boost for Indigenous tourism, the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) has partnered with Bond University to provide three full scholarships in Tourism Management.
The scholarships, valued at $115,000 each, will cover full tuition fees, accommodation and meals for the two-year programs.
This is the first time the ILC has joined with a university to offer scholarships and Acting General Manager Jodie Lindsay says they are excited about the opportunity this will provide to Indigenous students wanting to study tourism.
“The ILC’s purpose is to assist Indigenous people with land acquisition and land management to achieve economic, environmental, and cultural benefits. Ensuring young Indigenous people have access to an education that helps them build a secure and sustainable future is a key priority for the ILC,” said Ms Lindsay.
“We believe the tourism industry has a bright future and offers Indigenous people a wide range of training and employment opportunities,” she said.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Stable said the University was delighted to join with the ILC.
“These Indigenous scholarships reflect Bond University’s commitment to the community.
“We look forward to a long and prosperous partnership with the ILC to further develop Indigenous education, in particular in the tourism sector,” he said.
Bond University Head of School of Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management Professor Elizabeth Roberts (pictured above) said partnering with the ILC was a long-term vision for the future of the tourism industry.
“This is a partnership never before seen in Australian tertiary institutions. These scholarships will not only change the lives of these three students, but the communities they will return to. Indigenous tourism is a growth industry that needs resources behind it if it is to flourish,” said Professor Roberts.
FUNDING SMART FUTURES
In addition to the three scholarships announced in partnership with the Indigenous Land Corporation, Bond University has received notice of several significant scholarships and grants that will further strengthen the growing research portfolio of the University.
Queensland Treasurer the Hon. Andrew Fraser MP (pictured) recently visited campus to announce the Smart Futures PhD recipients for 2010. Bond received an impressive four out of the total 17 scholarships awarded to Queensland universities, representing a 100% success rate, with each application submitted being successful.
PhD students Elizabeth Scott, Christian Moro, Michael Kakanis and Brookes Folmli have all received the prestigious scholarships, each worth $24,000 over three years, to aid their research into health and social issues that impact society as a whole.
The Queensland Government’s Smart Futures Fund will also finance two additional Fellowships at Bond University, with Dr Scott Wearing and Dr Clarence Tan both successful in their applications.
Dr Wearing from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow will join the Health Sciences and Medicine Faculty under a $150,000, three-year fellowship to undertake research in sports medicine, rehabilitation and injury management.
Dr Tan from the Faculty of Business Technology and Sustainable Development will receive $25,000 over 12 months as part of his Entrepreneur-in-Residence fellowship.
Finally, in exciting news for the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Professor Paul Glaziou from Oxford University will join the team in June under an Australian Federation Grant of $4 million over five years. In addition, the National Health and Medical Research Council has recently advised an additional joint University of Sydney and Bond University grant of $8.9 million, with Professor Glasziou as Joint Chief Investigator. The Bond component is estimated to be approximately $1.7 million over 5 years.
CHINESE AMBASSADOR TO AUSTRALIA VISITS BOND
Earlier this month, the Tim Fischer Centre for Global Trade and Finance and The Faculty of Law hosted His Excellency ZHANG Junsai, the Ambassador of The People’s Republic of China to Australia as he presented a distinguished lecture on ‘China-Australia Economic and Investment Co-operation and Bilateral Relations’.
The lecture, attended by over 80 guests, provided great insight into the tremendous growth that China has experienced in recent times and demonstrated the complex and integrated approach that both countries take with respect to bilateral relations and investment.
His Excellency was joined by his wife, Madam YIN, Consul General REN Gongping and Consul PAN Yonglu who were all extremely impressed by Bond’s campus, staff and our interest in China.
The Ambassador made the trip from Canberra to Bond specifically to deliver his lecture at the invitation of the Tim Fisher Centre for Global Trade and Finance, which was founded in 2000 to serve as an interdisciplinary research centre and think tank on global trade and finance issues.
There are a number of developments on campus which may be impacting on students and visitors alike.
Construction has now begun on the extension to the Legal Skills building that also includes Bond College and BUELI, with work expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Security fencing around the existing building and proposed footprint for the extension has now been installed, meaning a number of existing car spaces have been forfeited. While staff with permanent parking within the area will have been offered replacement parking, the University is also creating new angle parking bays around Ring Road to offset the loss of parking within the Legal Skills precinct.
The University acknowledges the inconvenience this may be causing to staff and students, and asks for cooperation and patience during these essential works which will ultimately deliver further amenities to the University community.
Visit the Main Library to view the exciting final plans for the extension.
In other developments, the University Council has agreed to sell its Australia Post licence with a new and comprehensive Post Office being located at the Varsity Lakes precinct.
As part of the agreement, the University will retain its own postcode and mail box on campus and the Bookshop will continue to sell postage stamps and envelopes.
BALNAVES FOUNDATION MULTIMEDIA LEARNING CENTRE OFFICIALLY OPENS
The Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre, named in honour of our long-time, generous benefactor, Dr Neil Balnaves AO, was officially opened this month.
A former Bond University Council Member and now Member of the Board of Trustees, Mr Balnaves put forward his Foundation’s name, his expertise and a grant of $1.5milion to create the popular, technology-rich centre 18 months ago.
Breaking new ground in using multiple technologies and making innovative space for teaching, learning and research, the $3.4 million student facility incorporates a laptop bar, study booths, digital art displays and collaborative learning rooms with state-of-the-art equipment.
In a mark of his tremendous generosity and ongoing support for Bond University, Mr Balnaves used the launch to announce a further donation of $150,000, to be provided over three years and matched by the University, to ensure the maintenance and continued advancement of the Centre’s cutting-edge technology.
ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACCOLADES
Bond University has won ‘Best International Mooter’ for the second year running at the prestigious International Criminal Court Trial Competition in The Hague. Mooter Ashleigh Light won Best Oralist of the competition, outshining speakers from 17 other universities around the world, including Yale University in the United States, Osgood Hall in Canada and Queens University in Belfast.
Ms Light, together with fellow students Daniel Ryan, Rowan Kendall, Sarah Bond and Hannah Maher, made up the Bond team that also took home the award for Best Defence Counsel.
Bond Law is making quite a name for itself in the competition, with Bondy Kate Mitchell (now an Alumnus) having won the coveted international speaking prize last year. Congratulations to the team and their coach, Senior Teaching Fellow Joe Crowley.
Bond University’s Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine will be hosting the 3rd annual Science Week designed to provide high school students in grades 10 to 12 with the opportunity to experience different areas of science and to further explore potential career paths within this industry.
Read more information about Science Week.
When: May 10 - 14, 9am - 3pm daily
Where: Bond University Campus
Phone: 07 5595 4432
Investing in Your Future Seminars
Your university degree is one of the most important investments you will make in your lifetime. As with all investments, you must consider the rate of return of both the short-term career opportunities and your long-term potential earnings.
Locations and Dates:
Perth - May 13
Gold Coast - May 18
Cairns - May 30
Adelaide - June 1
Rockhampton - June 8
Toowoomba - June 14
Brisbane - June 15
Melbourne - June 16
For more information about the times and locations, visit Investing in Your Future.
Register for a session here.
Contact: Kristy Manyweathers on 07 5595 1067
Grade 9 and 10 Headstart Day
Come along and see what going to university is really like. Headstart Day will give you the chance to spend a day at Bond... meet the students, hear from the Academics and get inspired to think about what you want to do after high school.
When: Monday, April 12, 8am - 3pm
Where: Bond University Campus, Gold Coast
Visit: Headstart Day for more information.
Charlotte King, National Marketing and Events Coordinator
Phone: 07 55951114
Open Day 2010
Wanting to find out more about studying at Bond in 2011? Be sure to put Open Day 2010 in your calendar now. Come along to this event to find out how Bond University can bring your ambition to life... tour our fantastic facilities, meet our staff and students and enjoy a day of jam-packed entertainment and informative presentations.
When: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 10am - 3pm
Location: Bond University Campus, Robina, Gold Coast
Register for Open Day 2010 updates
All Upcoming Events
Bond University offers an array of exciting and informative events throughout the year especially designed to connect with our wider community.
For information on all upcoming Bond University events, please view our Events Calendar.
For more information about Bond University's events, please contact:
National Marketing and Events Coordinator
Phone: (07) 5595 1114
CAMERON'S MONKEY BUSINESS AT TROPFEST
Film and Television Alumnus Cameron Edser admits being presented second prize by Toni Collette at the Movie Extra Tropfest Final is “all a bit of a blur”.
“All I know, from watching the replay, is that I had the biggest grin I’ve ever seen on my face. I guess I was pretty happy!” Edser said.
And happy he should be. Scooping second prize at the world’s largest short film festival has catapulted Edser and his Co-Director Michael Richards into the spotlight.
“Already we’re starting to see doors opening for us. Overnight we went from relative unknowns to, well, not famous, but significantly more prominent within the film industry,” he said.
The South Australian pair’s four-minute animation, My Neighbourhood Has Been Overrun By Baboons, was the culmination of six months of painstaking work with six-inch clay figures.
“Those six months of working virtually around the clock was all worthwhile for four minutes of sitting among an audience of 75,000 at the Domain in Sydney who were all laughing and cheering for our film. It is pretty much the best thing any filmmaker can hope for,” Edser said.
It’s a long way from the relatively small audience at Bond University’s Film and Television Awards that watched one of Edser’s first claymation shorts - The Bushman of Bunyip Billabong – win him a full scholarship to study Film and Television at Bond in 2004.
“I learnt a lot while studying Film and TV at Bond. I worked on a lot of productions that helped hone my skills in the broader area of filmmaking rather than focusing solely on animation; but it was probably the useful connections I made with staff, students and people in the industry that was most beneficial.
“Whether I went to Bond or not, I would have kept making films, but having a great institution, like the Film and Television department at Bond, to guide you in the right direction, critically analyse your work and motivate you to continue, was absolutely vital to my success today,” Edser said.