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Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Bond University urban planning student keeping Kirakira clean

Bond University student Jon-Paul Hogan is committed to improving the living conditions in the island town of Kirakira in the Solomon Islands, already planning a return journey after just completing two weeks addressing the water and waste issues faced by the developing town.

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Jon-Paul, who is studying urban planning at Bond University, undertook a community infrastructure project focused on water shortages and general waste issues in Kirakira as part of his Bachelor of Sustainable Environments and Planning studies, and already has plans in motion to return with a group of planning and property students as part of their Capstone project to further his work in the region.

Kirakira is the provincial capital of the Makira-Ulawa Province and is located on the north coast of Makira Island, and has a population of approximately 40,000 on the island. Bond University has a young, yet strong, relationship with Kirakira region and has been sending teams of medical students to work at the hospital, and outer communities, since 2013.

During his two week visit in September of last year, Jon-Paul found himself up against a number of unexpected cultural and political barriers.

“The main focus of my study trip was to investigate the water and rubbish situation at the Kirakira Hospital and expand my observations out to the station area; however, through a series of coincidences I ended up facilitating the construction of an incinerator for the disposal of medical waste,” he said.

“Hazardous medical waste had previously been disposed of by burying it in land behind the hospital, so the incinerator provided a much-needed solution to a potentially dangerous problem.”

Jon-Paul returned to Kirakira on Jan. 13, accompanied by a group of urban planning and property students to work on an improvement plan for the local marketplace, of which the Premier and Provincial Secretary of Makira Ulawa Provenance are extremely supportive.

“I am really looking forward to returning next week with my fellow students to work on updating the community facilities of the local marketplace,” he said.

“The marketplace is located in the centre of Kirakira and is utilised by people from all of the surrounding villages, so by addressing the current issues of waste, rubbish and hygiene in the marketplace we hope to facilitate positive change for the whole area.

“Because Kirakira does not have access to a port,  we will also be assessing how to bring materials and equipment to the area in the most efficient and sustainable way possible.”

During his previous trip Jon-Paul met Kirakira local, Alex Pwahe, a graduate from Charles Stuart University in the 1990s and self-described “gorilla-looking rubbish warrior,” who ran a recycling program for children called K6.

“K6 was started in 2011 and stands for Keep Kirakira Klean Kids Klub; the name is a mixture of pigeon and ‘white man’s’ English,” said Jon-Paul.

“Every Saturday morning Alex and the K6 kids pick up rubbish in the area with the goal of keeping the streets clean, changing the attitude of waste disposal by focusing on child education, and raising money by collecting cans to purchase school supplies for the K6 children.

“I had the opportunity to join the group for a day by helping the children collect cans, and during this time I identified several issues in relation to the waste problem in Kirakira which inspired me to return to the island to continue the work I had started.”

Nicole Webb, Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Planning at Bond University, said it was important for students to expand their horizons by exploring broader urban planning perspectives.

Bond University recently secured Federal Government funding under the ‘New Colombo Plan’ to provide new opportunities for students to study in the Indo-Pacific area to strengthen knowledge and ties with the region,” said Assistant Professor Webb.

“For urban planners, such as Jon-Paul, it is a fantastic opportunity for students to be creative with their planning knowledge, as the Solomon Islands do not have the same rules and regulations we have here in Australia.

“Students have to be innovative and ‘think outside the box’ when looking for potential solutions and improvements to the urban landscape.”

About the Bond Master of Sustainable Environments and Planning

The Master of Sustainable Environments and Planning focuses on Environmental Management as well as Urban Design & Planning.

The Urban Design and Planning curriculum equips graduates with the theoretical and practical skills required to undertake the design, appraisal and management of urban and regional developments. With this qualification, professionals from a built environment background will be able to undertake urban planning and development at a professional level.

Graduates of this program will be equipped with a comprehensive knowledge of sustainable environments, and will be able to seek work anywhere in Australia or around the world.

Program: Master of Sustainable Environments and Planning
Duration: 1 year, 4 months
Semester intakes: January, May, September

Apply to the Bond Master of Sustainable Environments and Planning!

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Bond University sustainable development student wins Queensland Sports Star of the Year

Bond University‘s Mat Belcher has added two more trophies to his growing collection: Queensland Sports Star of the Year and ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion.

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The hugely successful sailor was crowned The Courier-Mail/Channel 7 Queensland Sports Star of the Year at last night’s 20th annual Queensland Sport Awards in Brisbane, with his brother accepting the award on his behalf as Mat took out another title—winning the ISAF Sailing World Cup alongside teammate Will Ryan in Abu Dhabi.

Mat was the first sailor ever to win the prestigious Queensland Sports Star of the Year award, ahead of fellow finalists Thomas Broich (football), Cate Campbell (swimming), Mirinda Carfrae (triathlon), Shannon Eckstein (surf life saving), Mick Fanning (surfing), Laura Geitz (netball), Mark Knowles (hockey), Will Power (motor racing), Johnathan Thurston (rugby league) and Ken Wallace (canoeing).

Mat is completing his master in sustainable development at Bond University, after graduating from a Bachelor of Commerce at the university in 2009, and is a member of the Bond Elite Sport Program (BESP).

Garry Nucifora, Director of Sport at Bond University, said the Olympic Gold Medallist was an impressive sporting talent, and an outstanding representative of the University.

“Mat is an exceptional example of achieving at the highest level, both academically and on the world sporting stage, and  Bond University is proud to be a part of his journey.

Study Sustainable Development at Bond University

With the majority of the world’s population now living in urban areas, there is considerable demand for graduates with expertise in sustainable living environments. Climate change, urban management and environmental impact are prominent concerns for both industry and government, creating high demand for environmental and urban professionals. Career prospects range from city and regional planning, construction, urban design, community infrastructure, valuation and real estate investment, property through to fisheries and agriculture, mining and energy and project management.

The Master of Sustainable Environments and Planning focuses on Environmental Management as well as Urban Design & Planning.

The Environmental Management component provides an in-depth examination of environmental management, including field work. The content is globally focused, providing qualifications that are in demand worldwide. Students may apply for a postgraduate industry internship in the final semester of the program. This includes the option of being involved in a client based environmental management capstone project or research dissertation.

The Urban Design and Planning curriculum equips graduates with the theoretical and practical skills required to undertake the design, appraisal and management of urban and regional developments. With this qualification, professionals from a built environment background will be able to undertake urban planning and development at a professional level.

Graduates of this program will be equipped with a comprehensive knowledge of sustainable environments, and will be able to seek work anywhere in Australia or around the world.

Program: Master of Sustainable Environments and Planning
Duration: 1 year, 4 months
Semester intakes: January, May, September

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of any undergraduate degree or relevant qualifications / professional experience deemed equivalent by the Dean.

Apply to the Bond Master of Sustainable Environments and Planning!

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Bond Master of Construction Practice: First in Class

Bond University is pleased to announce its Master of Construction Practice and Master of Construction Practice (Professional) are the first postgraduate degrees in Australia to secure coveted Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) accreditation.

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Graduates are now eligible to join nearly 50,000 other chartered members worldwide, opening up opportunities for practice in over 50 countries where CIOB credentials are highly respected.

CIOB is the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.

According to Associate Professor of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, Rick Best, who developed the programs, the CIOB accreditation—together with Bond University’s existing Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accreditation—places Bond construction courses firmly on the world stage.

“Bond was also the first university in Australia to achieve CIOB accreditation for its undergraduate degree in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying. Since then Deakin, Newcastle and RMIT University have followed in our footsteps,” Dr Best said.

Bond’s courses are also accredited by the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) and meet the educational requirements set by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) for the granting of an Open Builders Licence.

“We are now seeing unprecedented demand for these programs, with sixty new entrants in the pipeline for the next two intakes,” Dr Best said.

“Construction will soon be the largest postgraduate course offered by the Faculty of Society and Design.”

A new combined degree of Construction Practice and Project Management was also approved last month. This pathway enables two separate degrees to be earned in six semesters (even less for Australian students choosing an ‘accelerated’ program) and provides additional accreditation from the Australian Institute of Project Management.

The 108-week program looks set to become very popular with international students.

Professor Craig Langston, who is responsible for project management courses at Bond University, said project management was an enabling discipline and in this instance leads to a career as a construction project manager.

“We are pursuing a strategy of further combinations, covering the emerging disciplines of development management, sustainable development, integrated design management and strategic portfolio management,” Professor Langston said.

“Breaking down and working across professional boundaries is crucial. At Bond we want to equip our graduates with the ability to solve complex problems via a wider understanding of the world within which these solutions are ultimately sourced.”

What is Construction Practice?

Construction is a fast paced and evolving industry, with sustainability a prominent concern for both the private and government sectors. Roles within the construction industry can be applied to practitioners such as estimators or contract managers, or as professionals such as quantity surveyors or project managers. Graduates equipped with the skills to apply innovative and adaptable solutions within complex environments are highly sought after.

The Master of Construction Practice program covers a comprehensive range of subjects in the field of construction practice, focusing on the management and delivery of complex construction projects. The curriculum addresses a range of topics including building plans and processes, building structures and soil mechanics, construction techniques, contract administration, finance and cost planning, project management, refurbishment and retrofitting, and risks. It also contains a strong sustainability theme which equips graduates with distinctive skills that are highly sought after in the built environment.

Program: Master of Construction Practice
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 1 year 4 months full-time (4 semesters). This program is delivered in intensive mode.
Application deadline: While there is no official application deadline, it is recommended that you apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of any undergraduate degree or relevant qualifications / professional experience deemed equivalent by the Dean of the Faculty. Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed course outlines/subject descriptions for each relevant subject.

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Friday, June 20th, 2014

Enactus Bond takes its eco-friendly message to Robina Primary School

A group of socially and environmentally active Bond University students from Enactus Bond will be visiting Robina State Primary School this week for the third time to help educate the young students on how to be more eco-friendly.

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The visit, which is part of Enactus’ Eco-kids project, will be the largest held at the school, with all the Year 6 classes participating —more than 100 children in total. The students will be involved in a range of interactive and practical activities that focus on re-using and recycling materials.

These activities are hugely beneficial for the children, as in addition to helping them to create a more environmentally friendly future, they also get to sharpen their teamwork and problem solving skills and are encouraged to become more responsible and proactive.

Earlier this year, the Eco-kids team visited a class of Year 2 students from the same school to help teach them the importance of saving water, all the ways we use water in our daily lives and the need to be conscious of the amount of water we waste.

The Eco-Kids project started in September last year, when the Enactus Bond team decided they wanted to create a project that involved children.

“We believe in the power that kids have to make a difference in the world,” said the project leader for Eco-Kids, Stephanie Smith.

“The best way to start changing the world we live in is by changing the community around us, which is why we’re running this project with local Gold Coast schools,” she said.

“Robina State Primary School was the first school to agree to get involved in this project, and both Robina School and Enactus Bond are really happy with the outcomes.”

Bond Enactus member, Christopher Talia, said it was a hugely rewarding experience to be part of the Enactus Bond team.

“The Enactus Bond team is determined to make a real impact in the world, and there is no better way to start achieving this than by educating young schoolchildren,” he said.

“We’re really keen to expand and grow the Eco-kids project here on the Gold Coast and spread the word about eco-friendly activities like recycling and water conservation amongst schools and the broader community.”

Bond University Sustainable Development Building

As we move into the future, Bond knows that ensuring a balance between human needs and the environment is of the utmost importance.

Understanding the practices of sustainable development will become a necessity for all professionals. Bond University’s Sustainable Development building seeks to embody world’s best sustainable processes, becoming an example for the future and a working laboratory for the eco leaders of tomorrow.

The building at a glance:

  • First in Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Star – Education PILOT Certified Rating for design by the Green Building Council of Australia.
  • Interactive ‘Living Laboratory’ where students and the community can learn more about the future of development.
  • Energy consumption is minimized through the use of natural light and mixed mode ventilation.
  • Water tanks and a grey water recycling system means less reliance on the local water supply.
  • Extensive use of recycled materials, including recycled timber and loose furniture, as well as low-emission paints and environmentally friendly carpet.

Students are encouraged to undertake relevant work experience or internships as part of their degree. Bond professors can help arrange placements through their extensive industry contacts. This program also includes a real-world client-based project.

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