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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.


Find out more about studying at Bond University!

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, 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.

Bond University Law School

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.

Apply to the Bond Master of Legal Administration!

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!


Do you have any questions about the Bond University or about how to apply to Bond Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call for more information!

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.

Bond Law School

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.


Do you have questions about Bond Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

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.

Bond Law School

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!

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

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

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

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


Would you like more information about Bond Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

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.”


Learn more about Bond Business School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at for more information.

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Bond Business School launches second Trading Room

Bond University has opened a new Trading Room, making it home to the largest number of Bloomberg terminals of any institution in Australia and giving students unparalleled access to live trading data.

The leading private university now features a total of 40 Bloomberg Terminals, after opening the new Trading Room in the University Centre, which complements its existing Macquarie Trading Room in the Bond Business School building.

The new Trading Room features 15 Bloomberg Terminals that provide 24-hour access to trading data and provide students with practical experience in executing deals, managing portfolios, trading financial securities and changing market conditions.

Bond Business School

Bond Business Executive Dean Professor Mark Hirst (Photo credit: Bond University)

Bond University is further boosting access to financial data by installing two ‘ticker’ screens on its Bond Business building, allowing students to keep an eye on stock prices from across campus.

Bond Business Executive Dean, Professor Mark Hirst, said the introduction of the second Trading Room and ticker screens would enhance students’ exposure to trading data, ensuring they hit the ground running upon graduation.

“Bond’s focus is on providing students with the practical skills needed to graduate job-ready and allowing them access to the same resource used by top tier industry professionals means they enter employment with a real edge,” he said.

“Students are able to familiarise themselves with the terminals while at university and apply that knowledge directly to their careers post-graduation.

“The combination of Bond’s small class sizes and the most Bloomberg Terminals of any university in Australia is a real coup for students, meaning they will have no trouble accessing this valuable resource as often as they like.

“In fact, students who have passed the Bloomberg Essentials Certification (BESS) can access the terminals twenty-fours hours a day, seven days a week in their own time to learn more about trading or investment.”

Associate Professor Bruce Vanstone said the new Trading Room would primarily be used for teaching and research in areas including finance, trading and actuarial science.

“The new Trading Room will expand our ability to incorporate Bloomberg Terminal activities into our coursework, from introductory undergraduate to advanced postgraduate levels,” he said.

“As well as this, our students and academics will have even more opportunities to conduct in-depth analyses into trading strategies, big data and other finance-related research.

“The new Trading Room, in combination with the existing Macquarie Trading Room, is part of our ongoing commitment to students to provide state-of-the-art educational facilities to educate them in both the theory and practice of finance.”

Dr Vanstone said the Bloomberg system provided integrated data on a wide range of metrics, allowing students to learn in a real-life setting.

Business students are able to explore a range of issues involving  financial markets, company, international and economic data that is integrated in the Bloomberg database,” he said.

“Likewise, the installation of the two new ticker screens will provide students and staff  with access to stock prices from two locations.

“The ticker will constantly update as the stock market rises and falls, so investment savvy students will be able to keep their eye on stock prices no matter where they are on campus.”


Learn more about Bond University Business School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Bond Business scores high in student satisfaction

Bond University Business School has earned top marks in the latest University Experience Survey (UES), scoring up to 35 per cent better than the Australian average for student satisfaction.

Bond Business School

Study business at Bond University

The survey, which measures the level of engagement and satisfaction of undergraduate students, revealed Bond Business had a 97 per cent satisfaction rate for learning resources, compared to the national average of 85 per cent, and 96 per cent for skills development and teaching quality, compared to 78 per cent for both nationally.

Bond also scored highly in the areas of learner engagement (93 per cent, compared to 58 per cent) and student support (82 per cent, compared to 71 per cent).

The UES is a national survey of first and later year undergraduate students in Australian universities. The research findings are used by universities and governments to continuously improve the student experience.

Bond Faculty of Business Dean Professor Mark Hirst said the results were a reflection of the faculty’s dedication to its students.

“Bond Business has performed exceptionally well in the UES, which is testament to our student-centric approach,” he said.

“It is encouraging to see that our students are experiencing great satisfaction throughout their studies as well as excellent academic outcomes.”

About Bond University Business School

The Bond University Business School is Australia’s first and most dynamic private business school, dedicated to grooming individuals for executive-level management careers in the global marketplace.

The Bond Faculty of Business comprises dedicated professionals who have experience as consultants, entrepreneurs, investors, advisors, board members and executives. Through strong research credentials, industry experience and passion for teaching, their level of expertise allows them to provide a tailored and student-centred educational experience.

Popular programs include

  • Master of Business
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Finance

Apply to Bond University Business School!


Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about business programs at Australian universities, and about how OzTREKK can help you to study in Australia! Email Rachel at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Bond University moves lectures outdoors

Bond University academics have taken ‘thinking outside the square’ to a whole new level with selected lectures and tutorials now being held outdoors instead of in lecture theatres—and the feedback from students has been very positive.

Spearheaded by the Office of Learning and Teaching’s Dr Sarah Long, the outdoor classes have seen a return to basics in many instances, with electronic whiteboards and LCD screens replaced by butcher’s paper and handheld mini whiteboards.

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Beautiful Bond University on the Gold Coast

“It’s about continually re-visioning and re-thinking what learning and teaching looks like and how we can  give our students the best possible learning experience and educational outcomes,” said Dr Long.

“The campaign to expand our learning activities and teaching pedagogy to outdoor spaces has been overwhelmingly successful in its pilot phase this semester. It’s not necessarily about replacing indoor learning, but looking for opportunities to enhance and extend that learning into alternate places and spaces around our campus.

“Whilst many of our academics took advantage of the outdoor lessons to minimise reliance on technology and creatively deliver content, hand held mobile devices and laptops were still able to be effectively utilised in many classes due to our campus-wide WIFI connectivity.

Dr Long said Bond University had run 80 individual outdoor classes and/or tutorial sessions involving more than 350 students to date.

“We’ve had pop-up outdoor restaurants to teach auditing, picnic table in the park sessions on animal law and classes on arbitrage in our outdoor amphitheatre—we’ve really tried to think outside the square,” she said.

“The rationale for the trial was based on sound educational research and pedagogical principles. My own studies and experience in education, teaching and consulting, both in Australia and overseas clearly highlight that place and space are powerful elements in student learning.

“I hit the educational ‘jackpot’ in working at Bond as we have a very supportive and enthusiastic Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Brailsford.

“We had discussed how we could continue to provide transformational learning experiences for our students and be innovative and creative in our approach to learning and to teaching practice and that is how this came about.”

Dr Long said research from the initial pilot showed many students felt despite the informal and sometimes confronting aspect of learning outside, away from drop-down LCD screens, technology and the comforts of Bond’s state-of-the-art indoor learning spaces, the experience benefited their learning, networking and collegiality with peers and teaching staff, and retention of academic content.

She said many of the academics involved taught subjects that were traditionally delivered in classroom lecture theatre style environments and they were outside their comfort zones and initially cautious about the benefits of moving outside the four walls of the classroom.

“However, they were sold on the experience and many report their students found it extremely rewarding with some even wanting to do it again outside of the pilot phase, “said Dr Long.

Bond University is now developing additional outdoor learning spaces on campus and working with the various faculties to support the development of robust learning activities for the outdoors that creatively complement existing course delivery and materials.

Dr Long said the exercise was perhaps best summed up through the many positive Bond University student survey comments, with one Law student stating: ‘I can’t understand why we don’t do more of this. It was such a good way to get us all talking and discussing ideas’.

Another student, studying at Bond Business School added, ‘A great initiative. I really enjoyed the outdoor lesson…Give me more!’

Dr Long said the Gold Coast’s warm weather and the university’s attractive campus added to the success of the initiative.

About Bond University

Bond University is set on a 66-hectare campus at Robina on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The Gold Coast is a multicultural, vibrant place to live and has been identified as one of the most desirable places in the world to live ranked on political, social, economic and environmental factors as well as, personal safety and health.

The Gold Coast has more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Average temperatures in summer range from 20 to 28 degrees Celsius and in the winter, the average temperature range is from 11 to 21 degrees Celsius. What a great place to study!

Want more information about studying at Bond University or about the Bond Business School? Contact OzTREKK!

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Nicole visits Bond University

This past October, OzTREKK Admissions Officer Nicole Bowes left the crisp air and fiery autumn colours of Canada for the balmy spring breezes and radiant sun of the Gold Coast, Australia. Located almost in the middle of the Australian east coast, Gold Coast is known for its stunning beaches and surfing lifestyle, so much so that it is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Australia.

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Bond’s beautiful jacaranda-lined walkway

So what else is so great about the Gold Coast? Well, that’s where Bond University is, of course!

Nicole set off to enjoy the Bond University 2013 Agent Partner Experience program which offers a comprehensive itinerary exploring Bond University’s world-class programs and on-campus facilities, not to mention the opportunity to meet current students, academics and the Bond International Team.

Along with a tour of the university, Nicole sat in on faculty presentations and tours, which further strengthened the partnership between OzTREKK and Bond University. Tours included the Bond Business School, the Bond Institute of Sustainable Development, the Abedian School of Architecture, the Faculty of Health, Student Services, and of course, Bond Law School.

During her agent week wrap-up presentation to the OzTREKK staff upon her return to Canada, Nicole explained that it was Bond University‘s state-of-the-art facilities and the low student-to-staff ratio that were most impressive. “Bond is a university for students who like to be able to approach their professors. Because of the small class sizes, students are known by their names, not by their student numbers.”

In fact, Bond University is so proud of their small class sizes that they use it in their advertising. One of Bond’s top 10 reasons “Why Bond” is its extremely low student-staff ratio and its 5-star teaching quality*.

“Bond is a university that wants to stay small and prides itself on being able to provide their students with individualized attention,” Nicole said. “And they pay attention to detail across all areas, including their programs, student care, and even the campus itself—the place is immaculate.”

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Bond is known for its immaculately clean campus

Another interesting point to note, said Nicole, is Bond’s belief in creating well-rounded students. Students are encouraged to find a healthy school-life balance, and are encouraged to join social clubs in order to experience Bond’s unique vibrant social community. Everywhere you look, Bondies are studying, chatting, and socializing at the interesting cafes and eateries on campus.

Also known for its international perspective, Bond University offers globally focused course content and exchange opportunities in more than 20 countries, and in every program, you can find people from different countries studying at Bond. On one of Nicole’s walks around the pristine campus, she actually ran in to one of OzTREKK‘s  Bond Law students, who said he was thoroughly enjoying his Juris Doctor program. “I spotted a guy with a Blue Jays baseball cap on. When I got closer to him, I realized he was watching hockey on his laptop. Can’t get any more Canadian than that!” she joked.

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Q1: Welcome to the Gold Coast!

Joking aside, Bond University has strong links with Canada. With a large number of Canadian students currently studying for law degrees at Bond and an active Canadian Law Students Association, Bond Law School is extremely well known for the Canadian content in its JD course load, with NCA-approved electives such as

  • Canadian Administrative Law;
  • Canadian Constitutional Law;
  • Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure; and
  • Foundations of Canadian Law.

“One thing I noticed was that the Canadian Law Students Association was really active on campus. They had posters and activities going all the time,” Nicole said, adding that Bond Law School is a great place for Canadians to come to study. “If you’re homesick, there are a lot of Canadians in your classes to keep you company, and Aussies who are there are always willing to make new friends.”

Nicole wrapped up her Bond University Agent Partner Experience with a visit to the Q1 Tower for its spectacular and expansive views, and to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to talk to the Aussie animals!


*2013 Good Universities Guide

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Who was more scared?
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Mama and joey
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Hanging around in Currumbin


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