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Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Bond University launches Australia-first Transformer program

Bond University has just launched an Australia-first co-curricular program aimed at instilling big-picture thinking in students across all faculties, after making a $2.5-million investment in the new offering, including a dedicated co-working space.

Bond University launches Australia-first Transformer program

Bond has launched Australia’s first Transformer program (Photo: Bond University)

More than 90 students have already enrolled in the new Transformer program, the launch of which coincides with the university’s 28th anniversary. It is available year-round at no cost to students, and designed to develop creativity, encourage exploration, enable innovation and enhance the Gold Coast university’s trademark entrepreneurial experience, for which it’s been renowned for almost three decades.

The Transformer is being offered to all students and can be completed at their own pace in three distinct consecutive phases over the course of their undergraduate or postgraduate degree:

  1. Inspiration – where students will identify and define their concept, researching the core issues and existing solutions with a key emphasis on understanding potential users
  2. Exploration – where students will generate and trial a range of possible solutions to develop a practical methodology based on real-life feedback
  3. Transformation – where students will develop a detailed plan for implementation and secure the required resources

The program is being overseen by an independent Advisory Circle of industry heavyweights, including Queensland Chief Entrepreneur and Blue Sky Alternative Investments founder Mark Sowerby, Virgin Australia director David Baxby, ECP Asset Management co-founder and portfolio manager Jared Pohl and GoldBean founder and chief executive Jane Barratt. Mr Baxby, Mr Pohl and Ms Barratt are all alumni of Bond University.

Participation in the Transformer will earn students credit towards Bond University‘s mandatory Beyond Bond extracurricular program, which ensures all students graduate with on-the-job experience and skills. Through the program students will benefit from academic coaching, a regular “expert insights” Q&A series with leading industry figures and one-on-one mentoring, particularly from high-profile Bond University alumni.

The innovative space will provide a dedicated place for students of all disciplines to come together and access academics, industry experts, mentors, workshops, events and other resources.

Bond Business School Executive Dean Professor Terry O’Neill said Transformer would help students to identify problems and drive change.

“In today’s fast-paced business world, graduates need to have the skills to step into any job and hit the ground running, including positions that might not yet exist,” he said. “Students from different faculties will bring completely different problems or ideas to the table and will have their own unique approach to solving them.

“By putting them in the same room, we create opportunities where a student from health sciences, for example, might identify an issue in their industry that can be solved with the unique insight of someone from business or law.”

Transformer Hub

Bond University has created a new cutting-edge co-working space, situated in the Bond Business School, which will be the home of the Transformer. Opened in May 2017, Bond Business School’s new state-of-the-art facilities incorporate a dynamic co-working space, dedicated to the Transformer program. Designed around the concept of “accelerated serendipity,” it features a series of zones where chance encounters transform into productive discussions, brainstorming sessions and planning meetings.

Offering 24/7 access for Transformer students from all over the university, it provides the ideal setting to meet, interact and collaborate with academics, industry mentors, team members and like-minded classmates who can help you take your project to the next level.

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Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Bond ranked in top 20 of world’s best small universities

Bond University has been listed in the prestigious global top 20 universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings of the “Best Small Universities” in the world, thanks to its personalised teaching philosophy and outstanding student experience, which translates to extraordinary student satisfaction ratings.

The private, not-for-profit Gold Coast university placed number 20 in the global ranking which acknowledges those universities with an unparalleled reputation for delivering personalised learning, developing close relationships between students and their teachers, and creating an environment that fosters a strong sense of community.

The Best Small Universities list is topped by the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) which is also ranked this year as the second best overall university in the world (behind Oxford). Bond University is the only university in the southern hemisphere to be included in the list in the global top 20.

Bond ranked in top 20 of world's best small universities

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Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford said the ranking was recognition of Bond’s never-ending and priority focus on the student and their learning experience, which set it apart from many other universities both in Australia and internationally.

“Our point of difference has always been creating an environment that focuses on a personalised approach to learning and a student’s education, so that each and every student has the opportunity to realise their ambition, and this global ranking is recognition that we are delivering on our promise,” he said.

“There are some truly outstanding universities in this list and we are quite humbled to be included in such company.  For one of Australia’s youngest universities we have come a long way in a very short period of time.”

Bond was also recently ranked as Australia’s number one university for student experience for the 11th consecutive year in the 2017 Good Universities Guide.

Bond Business School student Alice Ringelstein said she chose to study at Bond because of its smaller size, which enabled her to spend more one-on-one time with her teachers and gain the most out of her experience.

“The small class sizes at Bond have given me the opportunity to participate in stimulating discussions, ask relevant questions, and my teachers actually know my name,” said Alice.

“It is rare for there to be more than ten or so students in a tutorial, meaning that the teachers have become real mentors, not just advisors.

“This individual attention is a direct result of Bond being a small university; there is simply no way I would have had this relationship with my teachers at a larger university.”

Times Higher Education student editor Seet Bhardwa said many students were drawn to the community-like feel that small universities provide.

“The Best Small Universities in the World for 2017 highlights that small universities provide high student satisfaction and good working relationships between students and their professors,” she said.

“Speaking to students from small universities, it is clear that they really enjoy attending a university with a more close-knit learning environment.

“It is important to provide students with a definitive ranking of the world’s best small universities. The more information we can provide students on the different types of universities there are, the clearer a picture they can gain about the best institution for them.”

The criteria for inclusion in the rankings require the university to be listed in the renowned Times Higher Education’s (THE) overall World University Rankings for 2016–2017, have a comprehensive approach to education as defined by possessing expertise across at least four broad subject areas, and be small as defined by no more than 5,000 students.

THE World University Rankings take into account performance across five key areas—teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income—and are based on the input of more than 50 leading figures in the higher education sector across 15 countries.

Do you have any questions about Bond University or Bond Business School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Bond University opens The Hub

Bond University has officially opened the doors to The Hub—its new 24-7 dedicated coworking space for entrepreneurs and startups—on level 3 of the Bond Business School.

The Hub, which is centrally located at the heart of campus, is a funky, open-plan office kitted out with high-speed WiFi, a 79 inch ultra HD screen, comfy soft furnishings, soft warm lighting, and of course—as any good startup space has—the ubiquitous ping pong table.

Bond University opens The Hub

The Hub will be Bond’s HQ for innovative students, academics, alumni and visiting entrepreneurs (Photo credit: Bond University)

Bond Architecture alumni, Rory Spence and Joel Hutchines of Studio Workshop Design Group, designed the stunning bespoke timber furniture for The Hub. The high benchtop tables are made of natural timber and can be morphed into more than 20 different configurations, ensuring maximum movability and flexibility of use.

The Director of the Bond Business Commercialisation Centre, Assistant Professor Baden U’Ren, said The Hub is the ideal meeting place, and learning space, to facilitate cross-faculty and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Hub will be Bond’s HQ for innovative students, academics, alumni and visiting entrepreneurs and will provide the perfect working space for startups to form, storm, norm and perform.”

“A lot of effort has gone in to the design of The Hub to ensure it caters for the different outcomes required: there are engaged active spaces; more relaxed collaborative spaces; structured workplaces and a low-lit ‘hideaway’ space which serves as a place to decompress or simply chill out.

“We’ve visited, and drew inspiration from, some of the world’s most innovative and successful startup spaces – Stanford’s d.school, Rocketspace, the Cambridge Innovation Centre—they’ve all influenced the design of the space.

“Over the past few years, Bond has established itself as a major centre of innovation on the Gold Coast, and with the launch of The Hub, we now also have a best-in-breed co-working space.”

Bond University was recently named the Gold Coast’s regional ‘Hot DesQ Host’ as part of an $8 million Advance Queensland government initiative to encourage startups from across the country, and the globe, to relocate to Queensland.

The Hub will become ‘Hot DesQ HQ’ for those startups who choose to base themselves on the Gold Coast.

Dr U’ren said Bond was the perfect choice of ‘Hot DesQHost’ for the Gold Coast region.

“We are an international university with a strong focus on global commerce and have one of the most active commercialisation centres in the region, backed by our own accelerator program—the Bond Business Accelerator.

“Bond is a breeding ground for young entrepreneurs, not just through the Bond Business School’s Entrepreneurship subjects and our Accelerator program but also through our strong ties to the South-east Queensland startup community.

“Additionally, we are highly engaged in a number of regional entrepreneurial initiatives including Gold Coast Demo Day, Ideas Camp, the Silicon Valley Study Tour and the Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards.

“Beyond The Hub, the university has incredible resources and facilities at startups’ disposal including the Macquarie Trading Centre, the Global Links Room for international networking, videoconferencing and collaboration, and a fully functioning film and television studio.

“These startups will have access to cutting-edge entrepreneurs from Bond and beyond, plus staff who can connect them to academics, researchers and students who are experts in their relative fields, be that health tech, e-commerce, tourism or law—to name just a few.

“Our students will also benefit from having a direct connection to cutting-edge business and thought leaders from all over the world, and the opportunity to gain insight, work experience and internships with these aspirational new businesses.”

The Hot DesQ program is modelled on successful international programs such as Startup Chile which has been running since 2010 and the French Tech Ticket launched just last year.

Applications for international and interstate startups to participate in the program are now open on www.HotDesQ.com.au.

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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Bond Business student wins Prize for Excellence in Actuarial Science

Bond University student James Todd has received the first ever Queensland Treasury Prize for Excellence in actuarial science.

In 2015 Bond University embarked on becoming the first university in Queensland to receive accreditation to deliver undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in actuarial science.

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Bond student James Todd receives first-ever Queensland Treasury Prize for Excellence in Actuarial Science (Photo credit: Bond University)

Treasury backed the venture by offering industry advice, internships to students and an annual cash prize award for the best performing student.

Presented by Queensland Treasury’s State Actuary Wayne Cannon at a recent Bond Business School Dean’s Awards ceremony, the accolade and a $1,000 cash prize went to James—the highest achieving undergraduate of 2015.

“James exemplifies the high standards that both Queensland Treasury and the State Actuary’s Office aspire to achieve,” Wayne said.

This is a sentiment echoed by James, who explained, “I am very proud of what I have managed to achieve, and incredibly honoured to be recognised for my hard work by Queensland Treasury.”

Actuaries are experts in risk management, who apply analytical, statistical and mathematical skills to help measure the probability and risk of future events. They are able to provide realistic solutions to complex problems with a long-term view.

Because actuaries are in such short supply, with only around 2,000 practising in Australia, the role is in high demand.

“Queensland Treasury is looking forward to employing our first intern in the near future and we are excited about what the future holds for the profession,” Wayne said.

Actuarial Science at Bond University Business School

Actuaries are business professionals who combine the elements of economics, finance, statistics and advanced mathematics to interpret, manage and evaluate risk. The Master of Actuarial Science is an innovative and immersive program that combines advanced mathematics, statistics, data analytics, actuarial risk theory, finance, economics and accounting subjects with large-scale, real-life commercial data analysis.

The Master of Actuarial Science will prepare students for rewarding careers in a range of disciplines, including climatology, finance, health, insurance, research, safety, science and technology.

Program: Master of Actuarial Science
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Duration: 1.3 years (4 semesters)
Semester intakes: January, May, September

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Monday, December 14th, 2015

Bond launches Australian-first MLA

Bond University has launched an Australian-first Master of Legal Administration (MLA), aimed at business executives who want to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the law.

The new program, which can be completed in one year full time, has a similar structure to a Master of Business Administration (MBA), with students undertaking advanced law subjects that will support or progress their existing career.

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Bond University finance manager Brad Andrews (Photo credit: Bond University)

Bond University Executive Dean of Law, Professor Nick James, said while other law schools offered masters programs for non-lawyers, the ability to undertake advanced subjects from the popular Juris Doctor, a postgraduate qualification for those wanting to become solicitors, was unique.

“We have developed the program to suit a niche group of professionals who are not looking for a career change, but realise they need to know more about the law in their position or to move up the corporate ladder,” he said.

“They may be business leaders who engage regularly with lawyers and law firms about matters or company directors who need a sophisticated understanding of corporate law and, while they want to know more, they don’t want or need to do a full law degree.”

Professor James said the MLA involved four foundation subjects from the JD, four masters subjects focusing on a particular area of legal interest and four subjects from across the university that are relevant to the students’ career pathway.

“The subjects have been developed in a way that makes it easy for business professionals to enroll, with intensive on-campus delivery supported by an online program,” he said.

Bond University finance manager Brad Andrews was the first to enroll in the program and said the qualification would position him well for a future Board role or chief financial officer (CFO) position.

He completed a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accounting and Finance, in 2006 and a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) in 2009, and has worked in finance roles in Hong Kong, Germany and the Gold Coast, joining Bond four years ago.

He has also been Chair of the Gold Coast CPA Branch for four years and a member of the Tennis Gold Coast Executive Committee.

“I was looking for something to differentiate myself and the MLA program is an ideal lead-in to a Board or CFO position,” said Mr Andrews.

“Working in finance, to have a real understanding of the law is of significant benefit on a day to day basis, for example, when dealing with procurement contracts or taxation law.

“The course provides a well-rounded set of skills across areas such as legislation interpretation, contracts, dispute resolution and corporate governance, all of which are highly regarded skills.

“If you are in a commercial role, be it finance or a general manager, it is extremely valuable to have these skills so you can ask the right questions. You can’t ask what you don’t know.”

Professor James said the Master of Legal Administration would broaden Bond’s offering for postgraduate law students, with the JD to remain a popular choice for those changing to a legal career or accelerating their pathway in business, industry or government.

The Bond JD can be completed in two years full time, compared to three years at other universities, and leads to admission as a barrister or solicitor in all Australian jurisdictions.

“The JD program has a real emphasis on developing practical skills through internships, legal clinics and the professional focus that runs through the degree,” he said.

“Like the MLA, the JD will continue to appeal to those who do not necessarily want to become a lawyer but want the benefits that come from having a law degree on their CV and the significant transferable skills not just in terms of legal understanding, but critical thinking and research.”

Program: Master of Legal Administration
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Duration: 1 year
Application deadline: Students from Canada should apply at least three months prior to the program start date.

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Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Students from Canada should apply at least three months prior to the program start date.

Apply now to the Bond Juris Doctor!

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Monday, December 7th, 2015

Bond alumni honoured as 2016 Monash scholars

Two Bond University alumni have been honoured among the elite list of 2016 John Monash Scholars announced in Sydney.

Law/International Relations alumna Katherine Mansted and Law/International Business alumnus Stephen Dietz were chosen from a record number of applications for the prestigious scholarships which enable the recipients to pursue postgraduate studies at their choice of the world’s best universities.

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Picture (L-R): Stephen Dietz, Prof Tim Brailsford, and Katherine Mansted (Photo credit: Bond University)

Widely regarded as one of the most important postgraduate scholarships currently available in Australia, the John Monash Scholarships are awarded to outstanding Australians with demonstrated leadership skills who are studying or working in areas of potential benefit to Australia.

The 2016 Scholarship offering attracted a record number of applications from all over Australia, with the winners presented at a gala Sydney Opera House event where Bond University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Brailsford was among the attendees that included His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales and The Honourable Michael Baird MP, Premier of New South Wales.

“It was a privilege to see two Bond alumni among the 17 scholarship recipients selected from outstanding applicants from all over Australia,” said Professor Brailsford.

“In recent years, Bond University has been extremely well represented at these prestigious ceremonies, with four of our alumni named as John Monash Scholars in the past four years.

“It is particularly satisfying to see how their careers have progressed since graduating from Bond and that the seeds of leadership potential planted during their university years are now flourishing.”

Former Somerset College Gold Coast student, Katherine Mansted will use her scholarship to further her studies into technology-driven markets such as the new sharing economy.

Since graduating as valedictorian of Bond’s Class of 2011, Ms Mansted has won numerous accolades, including the Una Prentice Award which recognises the academic excellence of women in Queensland’s law schools and the Sybil AM Vise Graduate Achievement Award for Queensland women who excel in the fields of education and community affairs.

Starting with her appointment as an associate to The Honourable Justice Kiefel AC QC of the High Court of Australia, she has established a successful career in financial and corporate advisory law and currently works as a policy advisor for the Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, The Honourable Josh Frydenberg MP.

Ms Mansted is also a classically trained violinist, a self-taught pianist and has a strong interest in languages.

Stephen Dietz graduated from Bond in 2008 and has gone on to establish a global career with the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation in Geneva and, most recently, with the Office of Trade Negotiations at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

He has taken leave from the Department to serve as a Congressional Fellow with the American Political Science Association and as a Visiting Researcher and Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Through his intended further studies in international economic law and policy, Mr Dietz hopes to enhance Australia’s position with respect to finance policy and trade in services.

Ms Mansted and Mr Dietz follow in the footsteps of fellow Bond alumni Kate Mitchell who in 2013, became the first Bond graduate to be named a John Monash Scholar, and Bridget Healy who was awarded a John Monash Scholarship in 2014.

Did you know Bond Law School offers a short course in Canadian Professional Responsibility to their law students at no additional cost?

The course will be delivered by a Bond Canadian academic, Semester Assistant Professor Mariette Brennan, an alumna from the University of Ottawa (JD) and Osgoode Hall Law School (PhD).  The course will involve online seminars, reading lists and sample fact scenarios that will introduce students to issues of lawyers’ ethics and professional responsibility, and specifically ethical reasoning in legal practice in the Canadian context. Students will cover selected topics including the Federation of Canadian Law Societies, Federation Model Code of Professional, case law arising from this material and to the application of the law of fiduciary obligations to lawyer-client relationships.

The course does not include assigned assessment, but is designed aid students in understanding Canadian Professional Responsibility and assist with preparations for the NCA exams.

Bond Law School also offers four Canadian Law subjects in Foundations of Canadian Law, Canadian Criminal Law, Canadian Constitutional Law and Canadian Administrative Law. These courses can assist Canadian graduates in preparation for their NCA examinations in these areas.

The faculty will also be packaging their Canadian subjects as a “Graduate Certificate in Canadian Law” able to be taken by Canadian students, whether from Bond or elsewhere, to assist them in preparing for the NCA exams.

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Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Bond dual law degree appeals

An increasing number of students are studying law to give them an edge in their chosen profession, according to Bond University Executive Dean of Law, Professor Nick James.

Professor James said many students study law not to become legal practitioners, but to set them apart from their fellow graduates in disciplines such as commerce, business, arts and international relations.

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Bond University graduate Mitchell Stevens (Photo credit: Bond University)

He said a growing number were also studying law as part of non-traditional dual degree combinations, such as health sciences and law. Bond has recently launched an actuarial science and law dual degree program.

“The majority of law students study law as part of a dual degree, and many of these students are more interested in pursuing the career that flows from the other degree,” he said.

“A lot of students want to keep their options open while at university, and they appreciate that the knowledge and skills that come from a law degree, whether or not they chose to become a legal practitioner, will significantly enhance their employment prospects.

“While we teach every law student as if they are going to become a lawyer, the reality is that about half are likely to follow a different career path.”

Professor James said gaining a comprehensive understanding of the legal system and learning practical legal skills gave students an advantage when applying for jobs.

“Law teaches research, communication, negotiation and advocacy skills, and the ability to think like a lawyer, which are of enormous benefit not just to lawyers but those going into business or any professional career,” he said.

“That is really what many students are looking to get from a law degree: the ability to analyse complex programs, to think clearly and methodically, and come up with practical solutions.”

Mitchell Stevens landed a job as an associate with professional business services firm Boston Consulting Group, after graduating with commerce and law degrees from Bond in 2012.

“In my team of four at Boston Consulting Group, three of us have a law degree,” said Mr Stevens.

“The combined degree gave me more options: I could have gone into almost any business, legal or professional field. I enjoyed law and problem solving, but was more interested in business, finance and economics and it worked well to put them together.

“As a management consultant I work with businesses to help improve their efficiency and I use my legal skills all the time.  Problem solving is a big one—studying law teaches you to break complex problems down and that’s applicable in all settings.

“Also, the written and presentation skills you get from law are invaluable, particularly if you have been involved in mooting.  It definitely gives you an edge.”

About Bond Law School

Bond Law School is consistently ranked first in Australia in terms of overall quality of the student experience for very good reasons. Bond has some of the best law teachers and scholars in the country delivering innovative law programs using truly world-class teaching facilities. The school is committed to providing an exceptionally high-quality learning experience characterised by a professional and practical emphasis, a global focus, small classes and personal attention. National and international legal experts in a variety of fields contribute to the delivery of programs at the cutting edge of contemporary legal scholarship and practice.

Upcoming Bond Law School Information Sessions

Bond University will be holding four information sessions for anyone interested in learning more about the university, the law school, and the Juris Doctor program!

Toronto
Sunday, 29 November 2015
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Toronto, 370 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Calgary
Monday, 30 November 2015
7 – 9 p.m.
Sheraton Eau Claire Hotel
255 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary, Alberta

Edmonton
Wednesday, 2 December 2015
7 – 9 p.m.
The Westin Edmonton
10135 100th Street, Edmonton, Alberta

Vancouver
Thursday, 3 December 2015
7 – 9 p.m.
Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel, 1128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

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Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Bond Business School heralds the dawn of a new era

Celebrating more than 25 years as one of Australia’s leading business education institutions, Bond University’s Faculty of Business has been repositioned and relaunched as the “Bond Business School.”

The new positioning builds on the faculty’s historical connection with the business community and signals an intensified focus on blurring the lines between the boardroom and the classroom.

“This change to become the Bond Business School acknowledges that we put as much focus on the ‘business’ as we do on the ‘school’,” said Bond Business School Executive Dean Professor Mark Hirst.

“We’ve created a uniquely immersive learning environment where entrepreneurs and senior executives come into the classroom to work with students on real case studies and business challenges.

“The learning experience then goes out to the workplace where internships and capstone projects are recognised as subject units that count towards a student’s degree.”

Centred on three key pillars of entrepreneurship, quantitative skills and internationalisation, Bond Business School will also build on the faculty’s reputation for innovation as evidenced by the launch of Queensland’s first actuarial science programs and the new Centre for Actuarial and Financial Big Data Analytics earlier this year.

From January next year [2016], the school will introduce the new Business Model Generation and Business Model Execution subjects which will expose every undergraduate student to the experience of creating, development and implementing their own business—capturing their entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial flair.

“Bond is uniquely placed to create a new synergy between business education and business practice due to our small-class environment,” said Professor Hirst.

“There is a big difference between being in a class of 25 and being in a class of 500 as you would be at larger universities.

“Bond’s low student-to-staff ratio, combined with our global connections with business leaders, government authorities, alumni and advisors means that we can create internship and project placement opportunities for all our students.

“It also allows our professors to work individually with each student, helping them to discover their particular strengths and interests, guiding them towards relevant career opportunities and mentoring them through every stage of establishing their own enterprise.

“As a result, Bond Business School graduates will be fully prepared to expect the unexpected, to derive value from every challenge and to succeed in the ever-changing corporate landscape.”

The rename cements Bond Business’ recent success in gaining international accreditation under the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

Managed and run by the Brussels-based European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), EQUIS is the international gold standard system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration.

Less than 2% of the world’s 13,000 business programs are EQUIS accredited and Bond Business School is one of only eight in Australia to have dual EQUIS and AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation.

“The EQUIS approval process put us under the microscope with an in-depth review of the School, strategy, programs, research, community outreach and global competitive positioning conducted by a panel of international experts,” said Professor Hirst.

“Our success in meeting their exacting criteria certifies Bond Business as a world class, international business school whose program is driven by an intimate connection with the business community to provide a transformational experience for its students.”

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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Bond Faculty of Business gains EQUIS Accreditation

Bond University’s Faculty of Business has been granted EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) Accreditation, joining a select group of 159 high-quality business schools worldwide.

EQUIS is the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration. EQUIS is managed and run by the EFMD and its fundamental objective is to raise the standard of management education worldwide.

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Study business at Bond University, Gold Coast

Bond Faculty of Business Executive Dean Professor Mark Hirst said EQUIS Accreditation was a huge accomplishment for the faculty, university, staff and students.

“EQUIS is an internationally recognised stamp of excellence and going through the extensive accreditation process itself delivered significant value.

“The process involved so much more than the supply of data to develop forced rankings, guides and lists.

“In addition to self-analysis, an in-depth review of our school, strategy, programs, research, community outreach and global competitive positioning was conducted by a panel of our international peers,” he said.

“The constructive, supportive advice of the professional peer review team ensured it was a positive learning process for us and one that provided significant guidance and direction.

“We were put under the microscope to measure how we marshalled our resources—including our faculty, students, community and business networks—to deliver a truly world-class student experience.

“The expert opinion of the peer review team reinforced our confidence that our focus and competitive positioning for the future is on target.

“The university’s foundations were built on its strong business community connections more than 25 years ago, ensuring Bond already possessed the essential criteria at the heart of EQUIS Accreditation, namely a balance of high academic quality and strong engagement with the corporate world.

“Our success as Australia’s first and only private business school is due to the advice, advocacy and resources we receive from this community and from our national and international alumni network; however, by going through the accreditation process we recommitted to nurturing our community relationships and continuing to ensure our future graduates have the ability to compete and succeed globally.”

The EFMD also assessed the competitive positioning of the Faculty of Business and its capacity for innovation, continuous improvement and financial viability.

“Bond positions itself as a premium, high-value education offering in the international market and as part of the accreditation process we were able to validate that there was a strong and growing market demand for this offering,” Professor Hirst said.

“Most importantly, our students are assured they will receive international recognition for their qualification, which is absolutely vital in today’s competitive global marketplace.

“With less than 2% of the world’s 13,000 business programs EQUIS Accredited, Bond University and its Faculty of Business are in very good company indeed.

“We look forward to developing strong relationships with our EQUIS partners and exploring mutually beneficial exchange opportunities involving our students, faculties and curriculums.”

There are currently 159 EQUIS Accredited schools in 40 countries including London Business School, Cambridge, Oxford, IMD, INSEAD, HEC Paris, Iese Business School, IE Business School, ESADE Business School, CEIBS, SDA Bocconi, Rotterdam School of Management, Indian Institute of Management, NUS Business School, Nanyang Business School and the University of Capetown.

“Put simply, the EQUIS Accreditation certifies the Bond Faculty of Business as a world-class international business school whose program is driven by an intimate connection with the business community to provide a transformational experience for its students,” he said.

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Learn more about studying undergraduate and postgraduate business degrees at Bond University and about studying in Australia. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Bond business student’s start-up offers painless saving scheme

With 43 per cent of the Australian population failing to save and university students battling to make ends meet, a Bond University commerce and law student has created a business start-up designed to turn petty cash into big dollars.

Toby Speck’s business model is based on young consumers making a small contribution, between 20 cents and $2, into a savings vehicle every time they make a purchase, enabling them to save between $600 to $1000 a year.

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Bond commerce and law student Toby Speck (Photo credit: Bond University)

His start-up, “Spare,” will see deposits invested in managed funds that are designed to provide returns three or four percentage points higher than those available in standard saving accounts.

Toby is one of eleven students to take part in the Bond Business Accelerator, a new entrepreneurial program designed to provide practical skills to commercialise and teach the next generation of leaders to think creatively in a fast-changing global business environment.

“Spare is an automated savings system that does the saving for you and provides a much better rate of return than what is available through traditional financial institutions,” said Toby.

“By contributing small amounts automatically each time you make a purchase consumers can have savings accounts that are no longer vacant, and with higher returns, they end up with a sizeable investment.

“Through our initial customer development process we have calculated that on an annual basis consumers will end up with somewhere between $600 to $1000 that they would not have previously had.

“With our key target market being 18- to 25-year-olds, who have a lot less capital and cash flow than working counterparts in the 26 to 49 market, this amount of money has significant value.”

Spare will cost its customers $2 a month and hopes to deliver between a four to six percent return.

Toby said the business model was based on Spare using conservative managed funds that have high liquidity.

“We will be using a very conservative approach and while funds will be very liquid we believe that the majority of savers will let their nest egg build up over time,” he said.

“Of course if they want to take funds out or want to contribute more they can, but the real benefit will be in letting the small amounts accumulate over a twelve-month time frame or longer.”

Toby, who has been at Bond University on a scholarship since September 2014, has fine-tuned his business model through the Bond Business Accelerator program which he undertook as part of his studies.

“The Bond Business Accelerator has been instrumental in the development of Spare; not only am I earning credit points that contribute to my overall degree, but I am also actively working on my own venture that I will hopefully grow into a commercially viable business,” he said.

“The skills that I have learnt throughout the program have been invaluable, it has given me the practical skills to take Spare through the development of its go-to-market minimum viable product.”

The Bond Business Accelerator program is led by Bond University Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship Dr Baden U’Ren alongside Program Manager Tres West, and is overseen by a board of top advisors and mentors including iQFunds founder/director Rick Anstey, Silicon Lakes chief  executive officer Aaron Birkby, and Lutz and Associates principal Steven Lutz.

Dr U’Ren said the program aimed to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and give them the necessary skills to take their business idea from conception to reality.

“The Bond Business Accelerator is basically a ‘business bootcamp’ where business ideas can be researched, developed and commercialised into a ready-to-launch enterprise with assistance from industry leaders,” he said.

“Our mentors have all met the challenges and overcome the obstacles of creating a business from scratch, so the expertise they provide is of significant benefit to our students in helping them explore different possibilities and understanding the practicalities of bringing an idea to market.”

Dr U’Ren said the program focused on developing the core skills of entrepreneurship, and was open to members of the public to take part.

“In addition to students, the Bond Business Accelerator program is open to existing small businesses and individuals looking to develop their start-up dreams,” he said.

“In today’s competitive workplace, entrepreneurial skills such as the ability to think creatively, adapt and make fast decisions are essential for success.”

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