I have recently returned from a very fruitful trip to the United States and China with the General Manager - Strategic Partnerships Brett Walker and from a number of visits in the United States with Chancellor Helen Nugent AO, and Director of Development Scott Bulger.
We visited several leading international institutions, building on our existing relationships and initiating new ones. We will continue to nurture and build on our global connections as a priority. It is very important to the University that we continue to provide great opportunities for our students and staff to undertake international exchanges, internships and graduate placements.
Certainly, the old saying ‘you are judged by the company you keep’, rings true in higher education, as it does in many industries, and such relationships are part of our unique ‘internationalism’ that we pride ourselves on.
Throughout my travels and observation of international media and trends, it remained clear to me that many universities are focussed on being the ‘biggest’, without a clear focus on the ‘student experience’. Our focus remains, and will always remain, on being the best in terms of ‘student experience’ and I am confident we are continuing on the right path to being world leaders in this area.
Professor Robert Stable
Vice-Chancellor and President
Bond links with leading French business school - ESSEC
Bond University’s School of Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management has signed an agreement with ESSEC, France – one of the world’s leading business schools – providing exchange and internship opportunities for its students.
The relationship will allow postgraduate Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management (HRTM) students to attend a semester abroad in Paris, enrolled in ESSEC’s prestigious MBA in Hospitality Management; while students from ESSEC will spend a semester at Bond University on exchange.
ESSEC is consistently ranked in the top two business schools in France and in 2009 it was named best in the world for graduate placement success by the US-based Financial Times.
Head of the School of HRTM, Professor Elizabeth Roberts (pictured), knows the qualities of ESSEC first-hand, having taught there as a Visiting Professor through the school’s affiliation with the Cornell Hotel School, where she was on faculty for 16 years.
Professor Roberts says the Memorandum of Understanding between the institutions represents a tremendous opportunity for Bond students to study at one of the world’s top business schools.
"The ESSEC Business School is widely regarded as the premier postgraduate business institution in France, given the rigour of its curriculum, the prestige of the academic staff, and the demand for its graduates by leading international firms.
“The ESSEC MBA in Hospitality Management is recognised as the European leader in the postgraduate hotel management education sector, and there are tremendous synergies between ESSEC and Bond University with regard to student-centred learning, commitment to academic excellence, and graduate outcomes,” she said.
For more information on the Bond University School of Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management and the exchange opportunities with ESSEC, visit www.bond.edu.au/hrtm.
World Bank shortlists Bond to lead their graduate infrastructure program
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.
Bondies take on world's best business strategists in Russia
Congratulations to the team of five talented Bondies who represented Australia in the world’s largest strategic management competition in Russia.
Samuel Cochrane, Jack Stevens, Pieter Joubert, Chris Taylor and Jevan Hayward contested the Global Management Challenge (GMC) International Final in the Russian oil boom town of Khanty-Mansiysk on May 16-18.
While the undergraduate business students did not progress to the final rounds of the international competition, just being there representing their country was an admirable feat in itself.
They outperformed a field of 64 teams from around the country to win the National Final – and their place in the prestigious global competition – in Sydney in November last year.
(l-r): Jack Stevens, Samuel Cochrane, Jevan Haywood, Pieter Joubert, and Chris Taylor.
Their win served to strengthen Bond University’s reputation as the most successful Australian university in the GMC competition since it commenced here in 2007. Bond has been represented in all three national finals and contested the international final in Bucharest last year as Inaugural National Champions.
Team mentor Baden U’Ren, an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Bond University, said the students' success is testament to the emphasis placed on Global Strategy within the subject offerings at Bond.
“We strive to deliver a cutting edge education with a global context, and we are very proud of the efforts of our students. Competitions such as the GMC provide students an outstanding forum in which to apply the skills learned in lectures to real-world scenarios," he said.
Queensland - the anxious state
With anxiety levels on the rise in the wake of the GFC, Bond University PhD student Elizabeth Scott’s research on one of the community’s biggest burdens on population health could not have come at a better time.
The Queensland Government recently awarded Ms Scott a $24,000 Smart Futures PhD Scholarship to help fund her study of anxiety in the Queensland population.
Her research offers hope to the one-in-eight Queenslanders who report long-term anxiety related problems – a figure which is 18 percent higher than the average for Australia, according to the 2008 Chief Health Officer’s Report.
Ms Scott said early identification and intervention of anxiety disorders is critical, particularly in children.
“Anxiety disorders are not just about being too anxious,” said Ms Scott. “They are about the irrational worry and avoidance of situations which provoke worry. For children, this worry can be so overwhelming that it leads to the child being misunderstood so that they may appear defiant or experience severe learning difficulties,” she said.
Having worked as a school psychologist for several years, Ms Scott knows first-hand the debilitating effect anxiety problems can have on children and the impact those problems have on their learning and general success at school.
“When a child is anxious, their worrying thoughts tend to dominate and get in the way of their working memory, meaning their processing and storage capabilities are affected,” she said.
It is this relationship between anxiety and the performance of the working memory that forms the basis of Ms Scott’s research.
“The working memory is made up of various components and each one plays a unique role in cognitive functions,” she explained.
“My research will seek to develop a better understanding of just how anxiety, or ‘worrying thoughts’, effects each component of the working memory, which will in turn allow psychologists the opportunity to facilitate the most appropriate treatment.”
Ms Scott will also explore whether the working memory tasks she employs in her research have applications in the diagnosis of childhood anxiety.
“Selection of the most appropriate diagnostic tools to determine levels of anxiety in school-aged children is often difficult. For many young children, self-reporting of symptoms is problematic and diagnosis often relies on subjective data gathered from parents and teachers.
“I hope that my research will identify memory tasks which may be appropriate diagnostic tools for clinical anxiety in children.
“If I can achieve this, this study will have provided a quick and economical method of identification of childhood anxiety, reducing the economic drain on Queensland’s already strained health resources,” Ms Scott said.
Gold Coast high school students embrace Science Week
More than 230 high school students from across the Gold Coast visited the Bond campus to take part in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine’s third annual Science Week from May 10-14.
Grade 10, 11 and 12 students from A.B. Paterson College, Benowa State High School, Emmanuel College, Keebra Park State High School, Palm Beach Currumbin State High School, Rivermount College and the QLD Academy of Health Sciences engaged in a range of interactive science-related experiences, designed to ignite their interest in the field and open their eyes to a world of career possibilities many had never imagined.
Students explored the behind-the-scenes world of elite sports, put their bodies to the test in the sports science lab, discovered how their DNA can predict their response to drugs and got hands-on with cadaveric material in the anatomy lab.
Science Week is part of Bond University’s commitment to inspiring interest in scientific pursuits and encouraging young people to explore the many and varied career paths within this industry.
Bond best in Australia for sport
Last week, Bond was awarded the Australian University Sport (AUS) Overall Per Capita Champion for 2009. AUS looked at Bond’s results from all AUS sanctioned events last year, including the Northern University Games, Australian University Games and Winter Sports.
Assistant Bond University Institute of Sport Manager Shanon Zunker was presented with a perpetual shield and champion’s pennant, reflecting Bond’s achievements in sport over the past 12 months.
This result reflects the hard work of all those involved in the administration of sport at Bond, as well as the hard hours of training put in by our athletes. Congratulations to all.
Investing in Your Future Seminars
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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
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Grade 11 Headstart Day
Date: October 18, 2010
Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Bond University Campus
Grade 11 Headstart Day is a day of discovery. With Grade 12 just around the corner, you might be starting to think about what subjects you should be studying next year to get you moving in the right direction.
Grade 11 Headstart Day has been designed to answer your questions... What is university really like? What is Bond like? What interests and excites me? What career can I have after my university study?
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Inaugural Indigenous Scholarship represents a bright future for Patryce
Bond welcomes its inaugural recipient of the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) Tourism Scholarship this semester, with Patryce Nona from the Gold Coast beginning her Bachelor of International Hotel and Resort Management studies.
Jointly funded by the ILC and Bond University, the scholarship is worth more than $115,000 and covers Patryce’s full tuition fees as well as providing her with the opportunity to undertake an internship at an Indigenous tourism business operated by the ILC.
It was during Patryce’s time at Benowa State High School that she discovered her drive and passion for the tourism industry, when she became part of a select group of Indigenous students in South East Queensland to complete a Certificate Ill in Hospitality (Operations) through the Sea World Resort and Water Park.
Having graduated from high school last year, Patryce says winning the ILC Tourism Scholarship to study at Bond University has given her the opportunity to pursue her dream of working in the industry.
“This scholarship is a unique opportunity for Indigenous people like myself to study at an elite university and become role models for other Indigenous students who are interested in the tourism industry,” said Patryce.
“My goal is to build on my existing knowledge and gain a recognised qualification that will allow me to travel and work in hotels around the world.
“I am confident that the combination of what I will learn throughout my degree, together with Bond University’s reputation and international network of contacts, will ensure my success,” she said.
Patryce’s scholarship is the first of three to be provided by the ILC in partnership with Bond University, with two more scholarships available to students wishing to commence in 2011. For further information, visit www.bond.edu.au/scholarships.
Research focus for Professor Chris Del Mar
A 50 percent increase of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students and 23 percent increase in research and consultancy income over the past year has kept Bond University’s Professor Chris Del Mar busy in his role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research).
Concluding his term as Dean of Health Sciences and Medicine at the end of last year, Professor Del Mar is now dedicated to the PVCR role in response to the University’s expanding portfolio.
“Bond University is maintaining a healthily increasing trajectory of research productivity,” Professor Del Mar said.
“The last two years have been very successful at Bond University with research and consultancy income increasing by more than 40 percent from 2007 to 2008 and by a further 23 percent in 2009.
“This pleasing growth is a combination of several factors. These include a huge effort by academics in the University to focus on research; the expansion of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine over the past five years; increasing internal research funding by the University to encourage academics; the establishment of a University Centres’ plan to stimulate cross-disciplinary collaboration; and an active Office of Research Services to support researchers through the grant application process.
“Finally, a significant increase in the number of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students is also driving many academics’ research. In 2008 we had 75 HDR students and now we have 158 so the number has more than doubled in two years,” said Professor Del Mar.
Bond University Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Stable acknowledged Professor Chris Del Mar for his outstanding contribution during his term as Dean.
“Professor Del Mar’s leadership of Bond University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine has ensured many successes, which include producing our inaugural medical graduates, developing our Masters of High Performance Science and establishing Bond University’s Doctor of Physiotherapy programs," Professor Stable said.
“Professor Del Mar continues in his position as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and as an integral member of our academic community.”