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Bond University

Coat of Arms of Bond University
MottoBringing Ambition to Life
TypePrivate, not-for-profit
ChancellorDr. Helen Nugent AO[1]
Vice-ChancellorProfessor Tim Brailsford
Undergraduatesapp. 2,900 students
Postgraduatesapp. 1,200 students
LocationRobina, Gold Coast, Qld,
Bond University
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Bond University

Coat of Arms of Bond University
MottoBringing Ambition to Life
TypePrivate, not-for-profit
ChancellorDr. Helen Nugent AO[1]
Vice-ChancellorProfessor Tim Brailsford
Undergraduatesapp. 2,900 students
Postgraduatesapp. 1,200 students
LocationRobina, Gold Coast, Qld,
Bond University

Bond University is a not-for-profit university located in Robina, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Bond differs from other Australian universities as it schedules three semesters each year, commencing in January, May and September, allowing a six-semester degree to be completed in two years, instead of three, without increasing semester workloads.



Bond University was established in 1987 when the Parliament of Queensland granted it university status via the passage of the Bond University Act.[2] The University commenced teaching in May 1989 with an initial intake of 322 students.[3]

The University was established and its development funded via a joint venture between Bond Corporation in Australia and the Japanese entity, EIE, at the initiative of Alan Bond, the founder and Chairman of Bond Corporation. In 1991, EIE acquired Bond Corporation's share of the project and the development lands and the campus were subsequently passed into the control of a receiver/manager, acting for the principal creditor of EIE.

The campus was acquired by Bond University Ltd in its own right in August 1998.

Ratings and Performance

In the independent 2012 Good Universities Guide Bond University is the highest rating Australian university, receiving the maximum five stars across the most key performance indicators.[4][5] Bond was also the highest rating Australian university in the Good Universities Guide in 2007 [6] and 2009,[7] and received an equal second-highest rating in 2008 [8] and 2010.[9]

The University was ranked equal 31st in the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings which assessed Australian universities' research activity and quality.[10] The 2010 ERA report ranked the Bond University Faculty of Business as world standard in the research field of Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services, placing Bond in the top 10 universities in Australia.[11] The Faculty also achieved above world standing for research in the business and management sub-category, and a world standard ranking in the economics field.[11]

Bond’s MBA program is ranked in Australia’s top ten MBA programs in the 2011 Financial Review BOSS MBA survey.[12]

Students representing the University’s Faculty of Law won four international mooting competitions in the period April 2011 – February 2012:

Campus and Facilities

Arch building

The Bond University campus was conceived and developed by master planner Daryl Jackson of Jackson Architecture with significant input from Queensland architect Robin Gibson. The signature Arch building was designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.

The campus features a series of Faculty sandstone buildings centered around man-made Lake Orr. In 2008, the Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development Building was officially opened by the Hon. Julia Gillard[17] and was the first in Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Star – Education PILOT Certified Rating for design by the Green Building Council of Australia.[18]

Other recent additions to the campus facilities include:

In 2006, Prime Minister John Howard opened the $20 million Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine building (though the first intake of students started in May 2005), housing a complete set of lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, specialised clinical rooms and laboratories. A brand new purpose-built anatomy laboratory was added in 2010. The Medical program is also the most expensive degree in Australia.[25][26]

Construction is currently underway on the $16.2 million Soheil Abedian School of Architecture building that will sit adjacent to the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development building.[27]

The 48-hectare campus also includes a Sports and Recreation Centre, with Olympic-size swimming pool, gymnasium, multi-purpose sports hall, squash/tennis/beach volleyball courts, and rugby/soccer fields.

It is serviced by TransLink bus routes and bike paths, with buses also running between the campus and Varsity Lakes and Robina railway stations, and to the Gold Coast shopping centres Robina Town Centre and Pacific Fair.

Bond offers private or shared accommodation on-campus and provides accommodation services for those seeking off-campus accommodation.


Bond University Ltd is subject to the provisions of the Corporations Act (Cwlth) 2001 and is a not-for profit company which reinvests any surplus income back into the development of the University.[28]

Bond University’s governance structure includes a Board of Directors (the University Council) and a membership of 30 members drawn from various stakeholder groups, the largest of which is the alumni of the University.[29]

The Council is empowered under the Bond University Act (Qld 1987–1989) to oversee the operational performance and to set the strategic direction of the University.[30]

The Chief Executive Officer of the University, the Vice-Chancellor, is in turn responsible to the University Council. The peak academic body of the University, the Academic Senate, which is provided for in the Constitution of the Company, is an advisory body to the Vice-Chancellor on matters relating to the academic activity of the University.[31]

Academic Faculties and Institutes

Also part of the Bond University campus is Bond College – offering university pathway programs[32] – and the Bond University English Language Institute.


The John and Alison Kearney Library services the University in two locations on campus, the Main Library and the Law Library.[33]

Research Centres

Bond University has established a number of interdisciplinary University Research Centres.


Bond University's Institute for Sport's facilities include:

The Bond University Student Association is the supervising body for sport at the University. It is the advisory body to almost 30 sports clubs on campus and assists with the University's participation in intervarsity sport on a regional and national level.[34] Bond University was named the overall champions at the 2011 Northern University Games (NUG) in July 2011,[35][36] and went on to be named 2011 Australian University Sport Per Capita Champions at the Australian University Games in December 2011.[37][38]

High school competitions

High School Mooting Competition
The Bond University Faculty of Law conducts an annual mooting competition involving student representatives from secondary schools around Australia. The competition has expanded from eight schools in its inaugural year of 1989 to current numbers of well over 120 schools. It is the only national competition of its type.[39]

Bond University Film and Television Awards
The Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA) is a short film competition open to any year 11 or 12 secondary school student in Australia.[40]



Notable alumni


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  44. ^ Bond University (2008). Our Sporting Stars Make a Splash in Beijing. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
  45. ^ [ :: Bond University - Community Newsletter, January 2006 :: ]
  46. ^ Bond University (2008). Bond’s Olympic Sporting Stars Make Waves in Beijing. Retrieved 29 September 2008.
  47. ^ a b [ :: Bond University - Community Newsletter, February 2007 :: ]
  48. ^ Bond University (2008). Alumni Newsletter - February 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  49. ^ Dabkowski, Stephen (2 August 2003). "Long-distance Hackett on target to be a stayer". Melbourne: The Age.
  50. ^ Courier Mail (2012). Olympic swimming champion Grant Hackett masters his university studies. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
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  52. ^ Bond University (2008). Community Newsletter, February 2006. Retrieved 11 August 2008.
  53. ^ College Swimming (2008). Wisconsin Names Kowalski Assistant. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
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  55. ^ Parliament of Victoria (2010). McIntosh, Andrew John. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
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  58. ^ Frater, Patrick (2 November 2007). "'Wushu' gets its wings". Variety.
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  61. ^ Bond University (2008). Our Students - Andy Utting. Retrieved 11 August 2008.
  62. ^ Bond University (2008). [1]. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
  63. ^ Smart, Nick (28 March 2008). "Hard work pays off for Annabelle". Gold Coast Bulletin.

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