WINTER | 2015
AlBond an VALE
1938 - 2015
Golden run Fiona de Jong takes her sporting career to a new level
Life in fast lane Herbert Appleroth steers his way to a culture of giving
Alan's legacy A tribute to Alan Bond and his dream for the University
Oriental wisdom Alan Chan reflects on the philosophy of business success
Editor: Camilla Jansen Journalists: Nick Nichols, Karen Rickert, Laura Daquino, Jenna Rathbone Design: Martha Clegg Contributors: Brett Walker, Arpana Bothra
Alumni 10 How youth is no barrier to achievement 46 Surfing pro Codie Klein's balancing act 49 Tom Forbes on the Gold Coast news beat
Campus & Careers 18 Evolution of public speaking program 28 Japanese MBA program builds on rich legacy 32 Utzon scholar heads School of Architecture 34 BUFTA marks 20 years of creative success
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Alan Bond's proudest legacy THE recent passing of Mr Alan Bond is a poignant moment in our history. This issue of The ARCH contains a tribute to Alan. We acknowledge his vision, inspiration and energy which were so critical to the founding of our University. Those immortal words of ‘I see a swamp and envisage an international university’ are attributable to Alan in 1987. While these words have been embellished over the years, they nonetheless capture the essence of the vision that is the bedrock on which Bond University has been built. Born of humble beginnings in England far removed from the pristine coastline of South-East Queensland, Alan’s story has been told many times. Alan rubbed shoulders with Prime Ministers, dined at the White House and entertained royalty. It is for others to dissect and reflect on Alan’s business career. The University has never condoned his business dealings and acknowledges the hurt that some of his actions brought to others. We have never judged Alan. Rather, Alan is part of our history and it is appropriate to acknowledge and celebrate his contribution. There is little doubt that, without Alan Bond, our University would not be standing. By the early 1980s, Alan’s business interests had diversified well outside his adopted state of Western Australia. He had formed alliances with several Japanese investors, most notably an investment bank known as EIE whose Chair was Mr Harunori Takahashi. Together, Messers Bond and Takahashi went forward with the development initially described as Bond University of Applied Technology. The challenges at the time were enormous. Australia’s university sector was completely dominated by some large and very public institutions of many decades standing. Politicians, Vice Chancellors and the general public expressed their distinct displeasure at the concept of a private university, let alone one to be built on the Gold Coast. But Alan and his Japanese partner were not deterred and surrounded themselves by some forward-thinking individuals and a group of
loyal and hard-working local supporters who believed in the vision. The campus was finished on time - well almost; staff had been hired; and the first cohort of students was ready for the 15th of May 1989. On that day, 322 brave and adventurous young women and men from around the globe enrolled as the class of 892. It is hard to fully comprehend the courage of the 892 students who turned down public university options and, in some cases, became bullied by their school-mates because of their choice of Bond University. It was indeed a very significant and symbolic moment last year during the 25th anniversary celebrations when Alan Bond reunited with several former students from the 892 class. Alan challenged the University to be different; he challenged the institution to embrace the greatest of aspiration; and he challenged our people to strive for the highest international standards of quality. Alan’s entrepreneurial spirit that drove him is still in existence today at the University. His dreams have become a reality. In 2015, we are indeed very much down the path of fulfilling Alan’s vision of ‘an international university of the highest standard to serve Australia and its neighbours’. It is well-known that shortly after our opening, both Alan and the University fell on hard times and the relationship between the two was perhaps best described as distant. However, despite considerable pressure on the University to change its name, we did not do so. In recent years, Alan and Bond University once again came together, but this time it was more like a couple of old school friends who reunite after many years and simply reflect on days of younger. Perhaps the defining moment was Alan’s appearance as a formal guest at the 25th Anniversary Gala Ball. Alan was warmly welcomed by alumni, staff and students. His presence was genuinely appreciated by an institution that had grown up. Alan was 51 years old when Bond University opened its doors. In the ensuing 26 years, we too have experienced the highs and lows of being different, entrepreneurial and controversial.
Above all, Alan was a family man and his passing has left his eldest son John and his siblings Craig and Jody grieving. Alan’s first wife Eileen Hughes remained close and there are eight grandchildren and one great grand-daughter who will deeply miss the head of the family. The University has kept in touch with Alan’s family and was touched when John and Jody, accompanied by their spouses and Jody’s two boys, attended the memorial service held on campus. It was fitting that they could witness first-hand what a great institution we have become. The time for closure has arrived. Sad farewells have been made; words of remembrance have been spoken; and tears have flowed. But life goes on and next semester Bond University will have another new cohort of bright, energetic, passionate students to welcome to its door. Thank you Alan for giving these students, and the many more to come, the opportunity to study at Australia’s first private university. Thank you for your inspiration, vision, passion and energy. Rest in peace.
PROFESSOR TIM BRAILSFORD Vice-Chancellor and President
ALUMNI from across the world celebrated their alma mater at a jam-packed Homecoming Weekend in May. Now an annual feature on Bond’s calendar, the four days of events provided ample professional and social settings to reunite Bondies. The University’s early alumni, who graduated more than two decades ago, were shocked to find out they completed their degrees before some of their new friends were born. Bound by a youthful exuberance, regardless of age, this seems to be the secret to Bond graduates making an impact on the world in fresh and creative ways. Three alumni notably doing that are the recipients of the 2015 Alumni Awards, which was celebrated at the very beginning of Homecoming Weekend. Professor Tim Brailsford says Bond University graduates, especially those at the top of their game, think about the world in ‘profound and different ways’, which parallels the University’s vision. “Bond is different from the rest,” says Professor Brailsford. “Our past hasn’t always been smooth sailing, but that often happens when you strive to be the first, which we have always done. “We produce graduates who are leaders and thinkers, imbued with initiative and the spirit of free enterprise. “We were created in a landscape of a largely publicly-funded, centralist-driven education system. We are an outlier but we believe the future is ours.” This ‘future is ours’ mentality was especially clear at the Alumni Leaders Forum, which followed on from Alumni Awards as the perfect accompaniment.
Following the formation of an Alumni Advisory Board last year, an official board of alumni guiding the alumni strategy, an opportunity to recruit more passionate alumni leaders was apparent and so the Alumni Leaders Forum was born. The inaugural Alumni Leaders Forum couldn’t have been held at a better time, that being Foundation Day, or Bond’s birthday. With an alumni base of over 22,000 across more than 120 countries, and growing every year, now is a better time than ever in Bond’s 26th year to ensure the University’s interests are best aligned with the interests of both past and current students.
“We produce graduates who are leaders and thinkers, imbued with initiative and the spirit of free enterprise." The Alumni Leaders Forum is the ideal platform for this alignment. It took place as a half-day strategic workshop where alumni from all over the world and University leaders sat together for the first time in Bond’s history to discuss how to move the institution from excellent to outstanding. Bond University alumnus and Melbourne Chapter Committee President, Jerome Rault, who attended the Alumni Leaders Forum, stressed the importance of Foundation Day and bringing alumni back to Bond.
“Foundation Day is relevant to all Bondies as every year the University gets older, it grows and becomes more prestigious. Foundation Day serves as a reference point for how far we have come.“ says Rault. It wouldn’t be a Bond University Foundation Day without personal development and celebration interwoven, however, and the Alumni Professional Development Workshop and Bond Friends and Family Festival proved successes for this reason. Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship Dr Baden U’Ren provided ample food for thought in his complimentary afternoon workshop on leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation in the workplace, which was specifically designed for alumni and students. That night then went off with a bang, with fireworks lighting up the sky and the lake, while friends and family of Bond gathered under a marquee on the Ornamental Lawns. It was a hard act to follow, but day three of Homecoming rolled around and once again delivered with Rugby Game Day and the Back 2 Bond Party. Bond met the University of Queensland in a grudge match on the Rugby Field ahead of the Back 2 Bond Alumni Reunion Party which was akin to a special edition Palaver. Homecoming wrapped up the following day with the Live at Bond music concert, now a much-loved regular on Bond’s social calendar dedicated to unearthing local talent. Recent graduate Zoe O’Sullivan supported Gold Coast band Neem making for a relaxing Sunday afternoon at the ADCO Amphitheatre, the final act to what was a spectacular Homecoming Weekend.
ALUMNI Awards, held in the Princeton Room, set the pace for Homecoming Weekend and the standard for another year of high-achieving at Bond and beyond. Bond University Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Brailsford and Executive Director of Alumni and Development Brett Walker led the celebration and recognition of dynamic and diverse alumni - some at the height of their careers, others just starting out. The audience included members of the Gold Coast City Council and Bond University Council, and distinguished guests of the University, including Emeritus Professor Robert Stable. Bachelor of Laws and Information Technology alumna Fiona de Jong, who is currently CEO of the Australian Olympic Committee, was awarded the Robert Stable Alumni Medal. The Alumni Award for Exceptional Community Achievement went to Bachelor of Commerce alumnus and CEO and President of Ferrari Australasia Herbert Appleroth, while recent Bachelor and Master of Laws graduate Matthew McLean took out the Alumni Student Award.
AS CEO of the Australian Olympic Committee, Fiona de Jong is far more accustomed giving lustrous accolades in her line of work than receiving them. In the context of her career, and given her early ambitions to compete for Australia at an elite sporting level, de Jong’s response to taking out Bond University’s most prestigious alumni award, the Robert Stable Medal, is understandable. She says it’s an honour akin to winning gold at the Olympics. De Jong, who grew up in Brisbane with a love of swimming in creeks and riding BMX bikes, is the first woman to have received the award which recognises the highest achievements by Bond alumni. She first arrived at Bond in Semester 923 to pursue her passion for a unique kind of Law at the time, Information Technology, a progressive choice considering the internet was still in its infancy. It was soon after that de Jong found new inspiration that eventually became a lifelong love affair with triathlon. She says Bond afforded her an opportunity to focus equally on her vastly different passions of law and sport through an understanding that this would provide the most solid foundations for a life of leadership. Following a strict daily regimen of “six hours learning, six hours studying, six hours training and six hours sleeping” during her time at Bond, de Jong is proof that diligence delivers results. “Bond let me pursue a dream that very few individuals have the opportunity to do, and if I studied at any other institution, I genuinely believe I wouldn’t have achieved them,” says de Jong.
“Where other people zig, Bond encourages its community to zag, and that’s what we need to create really strong and bold leaders going forward. “It took a high degree of support and flexibility from teachers and friends, embedded into a strict regime, to achieve my goals of graduating Law with Honours and representing Australia in triathlon. “Despite coming out of my final Law exam and vowing to never study again, with the passage of time and experience in the workforce I have come to value education and what it enables you to do.” Enabled and empowered, de Jong is now focused on passing the baton to other young people, and particularly hopes to be a role model for young athletes by demonstrating there are strong career opportunities after sport. “One of the challenges we have in Australia with our athletes is they may not believe they can have a duality of careers,” says de Jong. "Having walked that path, I know that it is tough, but more athletes need to know you can do both, and keeping a healthy body means you have a healthy mind. "I would strategically choose my subjects around triathlon, so in winter when there were no races I would take the harder subjects and in summer the easier ones. However, I quickly realised that when I was in heavy training, I actually studied better.” De Jong’s classmates, some of whom converged on campus for Homecoming Week in May, reflected on her time as a Bond student and as a career professional – describing her both then and now as ambitious with a preference for life as a balancing act.
Alessandro, her infant son, is the latest addition to this act, with de Jong citing his existence as ‘unequivocally the most extraordinary accomplishment I have achieved’ and not at all stopping her in her tracks. “Much was said at the time I was appointed to my role about being the first female CEO in our 120-year history,” says de Jong. “There is nothing special about me. I am the product of a generation that has had every opportunity my brother did. I simply walked through the doors of opportunity when they opened. “I haven’t experienced being a woman as particularly significant or insignificant in my career, which in itself is an accomplishment for women.” In true athletic form, de Jong believes time management is often the basis for success, and ‘there is no better place than university’ to learn such a skill. “If I could envision a roadmap by which young future leaders could live a rich and rewarding career, it would be one that marries a very good education with a few really wise choices in life,” she says. "Blessed with so many opportunities in a country like ours, it's a question of which ones you really want to take. There are no shortcuts in achieving - it takes true discipline and hard work. "I'm also a big believer in pursuing what you love and not letting anyone contain your dream. If at first you don’t find your career passion, don’t settle or let people pigeon-hole you. Continue to discover until you find that really unique combination that sets you apart.”
"Blessed with so many opportunities in a country like ours, it's a question of which ones you really want to take. There are no shortcuts in achieving - it takes true discipline and hardwork."
Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Brailsford with Herbert Appleroth
CULTURE OF GIVING BACK AS THE CEO and President of Ferrari AsiaPacific, Herbert Appleroth is accustomed to living life in the fast lane. He quickly climbed the corporate ladder after graduating with a Bond University Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 1995, becoming General Manager of Ferrari and Maserati Australia at the age of 26 and later moving to Italy to take on the role of Global Marketing Director of the company. Appleroth’s corporate resume is long and enviable, but his community involvement sets him apart even more to earn him the 2015 Bond University Alumni Award for Exceptional Community Achievement. When devastation struck Japan in 2011, Appleroth moved faster than ever. Living in Tokyo at the time, Appleroth visited the town of Ishinomaki with the Italian Ambassador to Japan in the immediate aftermath of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Ishinomaki was one of the most devastated areas, with the natural disaster reportedly levelling 80 per cent of its houses and around 50 per cent of the town. Many schools were completely destroyed, such as Ishinomaki Okawa Elementary School which lost more than 65 per cent of its students and staff. “Ishinomaki had the greatest casualty rate of any city in the disaster zone,” says Appleroth. “The scene was absolutely horrific.” With the backing of Ferrari, Appleroth met with the Governor of Miyagi Prefecture and the Mayor of Ishinomaki to discuss ways to assist. “I thought we needed to do more than the common practice of simply donating money to charity, knowing that often donations are lost in administration,” says Appleroth. “I wanted to invest directly in the city, and my other requirement was for our support to benefit children, so together we devised a plan and agreed to directly fund the building of a new school in Ishinomaki.
“It was the first time in the city’s history and among the first in all of Japan that a foreign company invested directly in a local school project.” Appleroth’s efforts raised more than $1 million, surpassing his goal for Ishinomaki to be able to build not only one school, but two. The schools were officially opened in December 2012. Appleroth says his passion has always been helping children, and that his wife would often describe him as a big kid himself. He says he realised this passion even before he realised his dream of working for Ferrari at the age of 13. “From a very young age I considered myself a lucky egg, and have been fortunate to be blessed with a great family and education and work for an amazing company,” says Appleroth. “The first time I went into a cancer ward and saw the kids and the look in their eyes, it was a defining moment for me. I just knew I had to dedicate a sum of my career to helping them. “I was always aware it was my role to equalise the ledger and balance out my luck of birth with paying back to those less fortunate.” Prior to Appleroth’s work in Ishinomaki, he took a two-year sabbatical from his corporate responsibilities in 2008 and became a board member of the Oncology Children’s Foundation, now the Kids Cancer Project. He funded clinical trials for a new anticytoskeletal drug focused on brain tumours, oversaw the development of an international Research Advisory Committee and created the first Australian co-ordinated group of research units, C4, which was sponsored by the NSW Ministry of Health to allow funding for the sharing of cancer research. This provided a strong learning curve for Appleroth, who was able to consolidate a life-long passion and corporate experience. Already equipped to deal with both long
and short-term orientated cultures, from years working in Italy and Asia, Appleroth applied this knowledge to his role. “We restructured the management and board team to create efficiencies and strong compliance so as to build the public’s trust in the organisation,” says Appleroth. “My experience running a charity opened my eyes to how other charities are run from an administration viewpoint and, like in the corporate world, there are always better ways to get the biggest bang for buck and help those in need more quickly. “Everyone has good intentions in charity board work, but often these good intentions can actually hinder the charity progress. “The biggest lesson I have learnt is that, unlike a corporate structure, everyone on a charity board is equal, but there isn’t always a natural organisational structure. “This tends to mean more time is required for discussion and contemplation, rather than doing. Patience is absolutely vital.” Appleroth says with the work ethic and time-management skills that come with a good education, there is no reason most of us can’t lend a hand to important causes. “At Bond you learn the art of performance and working hard, and it’s in those first few years out that you can make the biggest difference in your career. “There are people who essentially can’t give, and still do, so my challenge to young people on the way up is they are in privileged positions to make a difference and should do so. “Roll up your sleeves, work from the front and show true leadership – don’t point fingers, instead show others how it can be done. “The most valuable thing you can give to causes is not money, but time, which is really the most valuable thing you can provide to anything you want to achieve in life.” www.arch.bond.edu.au
DRIVE FOR SUCCESS
MATTHEW McLean’s can-do attitude is palpable. The 23-year-old winner of the 2015 Bond University Alumni Student Award was once the driving force of the Bond student body, he was a founding leader of the Bond in Africa project and recipient of the Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award. McLean describes the first Bond graduates as ‘pathfinders’ who took a risk on the then fledgling University, but the recent Bachelor and Master of Laws graduate is no less a pathfinder than those who have gone before him. He had his first break as a 17-year-old fresh out of school, helping in the electorate office for a Member of Parliament in Newcastle. He already had an Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award and school captaincy behind him. These experiences revealed a passion for policy and leadership, before he was fortuitously guided to Bond. “Truth be told, I had no intention of
coming to Bond, but when I entered under the arch for the first time and walked the thinking stairs, it was pretty hard to say no,” says McLean. “There was also a crystallising moment when Mr Alan Finch, the Pro ViceChancellor for Students and Academic Support, who I consider the de facto father of our student body, spoke at our scholarship commencement dinner. “He concluded his speech by saying, ‘I trust you have enjoyed your brief stay at Bond and I hope you would consider making it a longer one’ – and had me absolutely sold.” McLean accepted a Bond University ViceChancellor’s Elite Scholarship in 2010, recognised for what was already a wealth of leadership, academic, community and extra-curricular achievements. Nevertheless, he was quick to set an even higher standard for himself and others. He soon assumed positions of Chair and Councillor of the Education and Academic Affairs Council, Vice-President (Education)
of the Bond University Student Association, which later evolved into a Presidency, and balanced this with media and electorate roles for the Queensland Government Whip and State Member for Albert. From 2012, McLean also held research positions within the Bond University Office for Quality, Teaching and Learning and the Centre for Law, Governance and Public Policy. This work both afforded McLean a Bond University Contribution to Teaching and Learning Award and informed his career direction. “Through my legal research role, I came in contact with the National Disability Insurance Scheme which was then being developed by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. “It was my first experience with social policy on a government level and I knew full well after that I wanted to take a role in Canberra and work in the area of public policy.”
HOMECOMING McLean, who achieved the highest academic honours for both his degrees and made Valedictorian for the graduating class of February 2014, recounts many highlights of his university experience, which he regards as a ‘gift that keeps on giving’.
A hallmark was being a founding leader of the philanthropic Bond in Africa project, but he says he can’t discount the day-today highlights.
ALUMNI leaders converged
“You can better see the forest from the trees with time and distance, and with that said, my affinity with Bond is only continuing to grow,” says McLean. “Studying Law was the greatest entrée to the legal world, learning from some of the brightest minds in the country who were leading some of the brightest up-andcoming lawyers. “Although I don’t practice law on a dayto-day basis, the analytical framework I learnt during my studies informs the work I do and advice I deliver to government in a policy sense.
on campus as part of the 2015 Homecoming celebrations. The inaugural Alumni Leaders Forum brought together leaders from the Alumni Advisory Board, Alumni Committees and Bond University Limited. Alumni members were invited back to learn about the strategic direction of
the University and the Alumni and Development Office, particularly how the two could work together to engage and reconnect with the alumni community through programs in the coming year. Members of the groups graduated from Bond at various points in time, making this gathering an invaluable first opportunity for diverse leaders to meet in person.
“The social side at Bond was also unparalleled, and I felt like I met a new friendship group every day. I think community is the greatest strength of the University as it’s not so small to lack diversity but not so large to lose intimacy. “My experience was unreal and unparalleled in so many ways, but the most unique thing about it is that it’s not uncommon.” With youth and talent on his side, McLean still feels he has much to achieve, adding that ‘ambition is a disease in any man’. However, he can quickly pinpoint a career highlight already, within his current position with the strategy division of the Department of Social Services. “The highlight of my career so far is working on the McClure Review of Australia’s social security system,” says McLean. “As a recent graduate, I was fortunate enough to take a role on the taskforce supporting that review, and am using the analytical framework I learnt throughout my education to assist in redesigning Australia’s welfare system and redevelop our payments architecture.” McLean says his greatest advice to other alumni is work hard to be an ambassador of the University. “Bond’s success is determined by the breadth, depth and ultimate value of its alumni base,” he says. “To maintain the currency of degrees and premium of the product, as alumni we must redouble our efforts, reach high and lead from the front.”
L-R Front: Nicole Kelly (041), Henry Norris (081), Peta Fielding (892), Derek Cronin (892), Jacqui Ward (092) L-R Back: Rohan Titus (913), Alex Sceales (952), James Browning (062), Michael O’Meara (071), Jerome Rault (102), Julius Brookman (951)
Alumni professional development workshop ENTREPRENEURSHIP and leadership were the hot topics up for discussion at Bond University Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship Dr Baden U’Ren’s Alumni Professional Development Workshop. Assistant Professor U’Ren workshopped the topics with students and alumni at the complimentary professional development session, and also explored how to drive creativity and innovation in their workplace.
FriFamiendsly Fest & ival FIREWORKS could be heard right across the Gold Coast, rivalling even the greatest of New Year's Eves, when Bondies and friends gathered together for Bond Friends and Family Festival on the Ornamental Lawns. The marquee was brimming with new and old friends, food and entertainment, making for many an ideal festive start to a weekend back on campus.
GAME DAY RUGBY Game Day heralded a â€˜grudge matchâ€™ between Bond and the University of Queensland at the Bond University Rugby Field. The three games drew a large crowd, and while Bond experienced mixed results, it was an enjoyable afternoon for all.
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Reunion Party BONDIES from semesters past and present came together for a Palaver-style cocktail party at the marquee on the Saturday night. Some flew all the way from New York to attend, others walked just a couple of hundred metres from their homes. In typical Bond fashion, the event lived up to its reputation as a first-class evening with live entertainment, drinks, canapes and a stand-up buffet.
SOULFUL sounds and guitar hooks were the perfect accompaniment to a sunny Sunday afternoon at the ADCO Amphitheatre. Singer, songwriter and Bond alumna Zoe Oâ€™Sullivan supported four-piece Gold Coast band Neem in another installation of Live at Bond, a regular series held on campus with the aim of profiling local talent.
Dates have been set! Mark your calendars for next year's Homecoming celebrations. www.arch.bond.edu.au
AlBond an 1938 - 2015
Bond University will set new standards in excellence for other institutions to copy and follow. It will be bold and pioneering, resourceful and determined. - Alan Bond
A Message from the Past: Mr Alan Bond 1987 I AM pleased and proud to have founded a completely new and independent university, open to any person for study, regardless of their religion, politics, race, sex or physical disability. I have long believed the future of Australia is inextricably bound to our neighbours in the Asia-Pacific area with its 2.4 billion people, that is, one third of the world’s population. In Australia, Bond University will lead through this philosophy in creating cultural and economic understanding. Through this understanding will come commercial and industrial opportunities of benefit to all the peoples of our region. Once Australia rode on the sheep’s back. It was a nation whose progress and wealth depended on the primary producers and, later, the miners of its vast natural resources. Today however, Australia cannot act in isolation. It now needs valueadded products, processed materials, manufacturers and internationally competitive service industries. It must perform on the world stage and these new wealth earnings require a more educated population, particularly in science, technology, marketing and business and legal management. I considered therefore, that the time had come to establish an international university of the highest standard to serve Australia and its neighbours. It would be an institution dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and always striving for new horizons in learning and research. The establishment of Bond University will herald innovation. It will be open to individuals, groups, companies and government agencies to pursue cooperative activity on the campus. It will be a practical university, utilising the latest techniques in management and communications.
It will enable students to carry out high technology studies in conjunction with private enterprise in the University research park. Universities of historic importance have created physical environments of beauty which have enhanced the quality of life within the University and the community. As Founder, I have given the commitment to make Bond University a place of architectural significance in Australia. Bond University will set new standards in excellence for other institutions to copy and follow. It will be bold and pioneering, resourceful and determined. Its graduates will have demonstrated they are hard workers and will be in demand around the world. Bond University will always look and plan for the future – a future where Australia is a partner in business ventures and joint developments throughout the global village. I am proud to have founded an institution which will play its part in bringing the world together, peacefully, through effort in research and discovery in learning and where it is possible to utilise the vast export potential of education to the Asia-Pacific region. I am delighted to have been joined in this founding venture by the EIE Company Limited of Japan and for the support of its President, Mr Harunori Takahashi. I am also pleased that a person of the experience of Dr Bungo Ishizaki from the Company is playing an active role in the planning of the University through his active role on Bond University Council. This is a practical demonstration of what can be achieved by partnerships between Australians and our neighbours. Bond University is now in place. Vision has become reality. The way is now – ahead. Remarks by Alan Bond at the inception of Bond University.
THE BOND JOURNEY WHEN Alan Bond first proposed Australia’s first private not-for-profit university in the 1980s, Australia’s engagement with Asia was in its relative infancy. Alan wanted to see that change. He believed education had the power to build better understanding between nations and lasting relationships that would enrich generations of Australians. Bond University was founded on the belief that this could be achieved through cultural, business and sporting ties in a way that government-funded universities were failing to do at the time. “I felt that Australia, as a trading partner, at that stage had failed to understand a lot of its Asian neighbours,” said Alan Bond, reflecting on the genesis of Bond University when he was last interviewed by The ARCH in 2009. “The best way to understand them was to get students from Asian countries to come here and understand our culture, and to have our students relate to them at both business and academic levels.” It was a bold vision for the former signwriter who was not a university graduate himself, but who could see the value of relationships across Asia. One of the biggest doubts to its viability was that university education was fully government funded and free for students at the time, even though there were signs that this was becoming unsustainable. Bond had initially identified Perth as a possible location for the new campus, until Bond Corporation staffer, the late Brian Orr, connected with the Gold Coast community who had been pushing for the establishment of a new university.
" The establishment of Bond University will herald innovation"
“Brian was aware we had an interest in education and we also had this land on the Gold Coast,” Bond recalled. The Queensland Government, led by Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, endorsed the plan and brought the University officially into existence through creating the Bond University Act in 1987. Alan Bond’s vision had drawn its first breath. Bond initially envisaged an educational model where programs would be closely aligned with needs of the world of business.
“I wanted it to be the number one business university in Australia,” he says. The University has since been ranked number one for student satisfaction and among the top five MBAs and the top three Executive MBAs in Australia. Alan Bond had consistently said that he would do it all again, despite the hurdles faced through his Bond ‘journey’.
Most recently, this time last year, he took time to reflect on his legacy as he attended the University’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Thanks to Alan Bond’s vision, Bond University has been able to realise and surpass its original goals and as the University moves forward, its sights are set on reaching even higher aspirations.
First Bond University Council, 17 March 1988. Front row â€“ left to right: Margaret Valadian, Don Watts, Alan Bond, Sir Sydney Schubert, Shigeru Fujimatsu, John Bond, Elizabeth Nosworthy. Back row â€“ left to right: Peter Beckwith, Robin Gibson, Peter Schultz, Tony Charlton, John Lovering, John Lake, John Ford.
The early years. Bond University under construction between 1987 and 1989, when Burleigh Forest swampland was transformed into a world-class institution.
ADVANTAGE FRIENDS, Romans, Countrymen – lend me your ears. The Unfair Advantage is a small bowl of rich and flavoursome homemade soup. This may be a Toga speech attentiongetter that would hopefully go down well under the Arch and in the books of Assistant Professor Mike Grenby from Bond University's Faculty of Society and Design. Grenby’s Public Speaking 101 course may now go by a different name and take a new shape, condensed from a semesterlong subject into a four-week workshop, but the same hallmarks remain. Grenby says The Unfair Advantage workshop, officially launched in Semester 151, incorporates 'all of the best bits' of Public Speaking’s 16-year tenure as it falls into the newly created Beyond Bond core curriculum. “Condensing the subject into a workshop has been like making a really good soup,” says Grenby, who has received an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.
“The original ingredients are the same, but because they have been infusing in the bowl for longer, there is less water when we take them out but a more concentrated flavour. “The workshop features all of the old subject’s highlights, like the icebreaking bashing of the barstool, the Goody Box Impromptu speech – and, of course, the iconic Toga speech under the Arch.” Grenby says it has been a team effort leveraging The Unfair Advantage to where it is today, but campaigning by staff, students and alumni has cemented the course in its most advantageous position yet. On top of the original favourites, in which 5000 students to date have participated, there are added features such as elevator pitches and an introduction to PechaKucha, a slide presentation format that forces speakers to get to the point. “It’s a win-win all around, especially for the students,” says Grenby. “One of the reasons The Unfair Advantage
has been so well received is because it’s offered free and isn’t marked, so students can focus entirely on the learning process, earn 10 Beyond Bond credit points while they are at it, and be up for recognition at the end of the semester if they are one of the most improved students.” Grenby says the secret is in the structure of the course, which has evolved continuously since Professor Jeffrey Brand of the Faculty of Society and Design conducted original research for a Bond University public speaking subject in 1999. Grenby introduced Public Speaking 101 into the curriculum soon after. It grew into a labour of love for him and, most recently, fellow teachers Caroline Graham and Krista Mathis (who even wrote a scholarly paper on Communities of Memory: Reflections on toga speeches as collective storymaking), Taryn Mathis, Jan Evans, Pete Meggitt plus Shilo Brosnan and Jane Buckley, who now have taken key roles in administering and teaching The Unfair Advantage. Public Speaking 101 was originally a core subject of the Faculty of Humanities and
CAMPUS Social Sciences which last year became the Faculty of Society and Design. Faculty Executive Dean Raoul Mortley AO supported moving the subject to Beyond Bond, which Executive Director of Alumni and Development, Brett Walker facilitated.
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Grenby says the new workshop delivers the same outcomes that saw the old subject recognised by the Harvard Business Review, the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics over the years, and to that it aligns perfectly with the Beyond Bond mission.
THE UNIVERSITY’S commitment to delivering prepared graduates is being backed by a new program that helps students realise their career ambitions. Industry leaders are again lining up to take a group of Bond students under their wings in a blossoming program designed to help them chart a roadmap to career success. The Vice-Chancellor Scholars Mentorship Program provides a Vice-Chancellor Scholarship recipient with a rare insight into their chosen field, as well as oneon-one career advice directly from 'the boss’.
Career Development Centre's Kirsty Mitchell felt “Beyond Bond was the natural place to move the course when the core curriculum was reorganised as there is no doubt The Unfair Advantage enhances employability,” says Grenby. “Employers have always told us students need to have three things: reasoning, writing and public speaking skills. “From childhood until the day you die, you are giving talks to anywhere between two and 2000 people, and if you can’t speak competently and confidently, then you will never get anywhere.”
The initiative is now in its second year and has been supported by leading executives across a range of industry sectors. Bond University Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford says the mentors are at the forefront of their professions, including tourism, media, finance, health and law. “The guidance and opportunities afforded by this scheme will be invaluable for the students and is part of Bond’s promise on delivering practical, job-ready skills and networking opportunities,” Professor Brailsford says. “Each of the mentors involve their mentee in a variety of aspects of their business, and for them to take the time in their busy schedules to offer this experience to our students speaks volumes about the commitment and generosity of the mentors.” Finance student Isabelle Silberling will gain insight into working for a large-scale organisation after being paired with Craig Davidson, the CEO of Dreamworld, Whitewater World and SkyPoint. “Mr Davidson has already given some great advice about being open to opportunities because you never know where they will take you; where you end up working may not be what you had originally envisaged,” Silberling says. “He is going to be a great mentor and is a really nice guy who will steer me in the right direction.”
Davidson says he has found the program to be mutually beneficial, and looks forward to mentoring Silberling during the next 12 months. “Gaining experience in the real world and understanding the real issues businesses face when you hit the ground as a graduate will immediately give you a step up on the path to success,” he says. “It is critical to reinvest our time and I see it as time well invested.” Southern Cross Austereo General Manager Nick Scott was also eager to share his expertise in the media industry with Journalism student Luke Ireland. “It’s so important for students to keep it real, that’s why I think this is such a worthwhile program,” Scott says. “From my experience, you don't always end up in the field you expect. I studied psychology and geology, and ended up in a career in media, so for students to have the opportunity to link their studies to the real world is invaluable.” Ireland has been given the opportunity to experience all facets of radio production, including news, sales, engineering, research and accounting. In addition to being exposed to corporate networks, he says Scott has given advice about useful subject electives for the future. “Not many people get the opportunity to see the inside of how a company like SCA works in their first year of university, as well as have guidance from one of the top bosses in the business who also happens to be a top bloke,” Ireland says. “Ideally, I would love to have Nick’s job one day, so there’s no one in the industry better suited to help me get there.” Other mentors involved in the program include Pindara Private Hospital CEO Trish Hogan, Technigro founder Nick Bloor, Morgans Financial Client Advisor Lynda Woods and Designer Keri Craig-Lee.
A NEW CHAPTER IN BOND’S HISTORY
BOND has a global footprint, and now the clear footsteps to match through committees stamping their place on strong alumni bases across the world. Through the Bond journey, students develop a global network of contacts, as evident in the adjacent map.
This journey doesn’t end at graduation, and now, the Alumni and Development Office has created an official framework to better foster these connections. There is an opportunity to initiate and establish alumni committees with the assistance of the Alumni and Development Office. Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and London alumni have recently held alumni committee launch events. Gold Coast, Brisbane, Canberra, Malaysia and New York are preparing to hold their own launch events. Chapters comprise a minimum of 100 members, groups a minimum of 50 and clubs a minimum of 10. The committees are equipped with honorary executives and officers, in capacities including President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary, and are recoginsed by Bond as formally organised alumni committees.
Many of these leaders returned to campus for Homecoming Weekend, which marked the first opportunity for them, the Alumni Advisory Board and Executives to be in the same room together.
Executive Director Alumni and Development Brett Walker says the Alumni Advisory Board and committees facilitate increased two-way engagement between the University and its alumni. “It’s a strategic initiative of Bond to provide meaningful opportunities for engagement where alumni are able to build their connections in professional and social settings,” says Walker. Bond University alumna Peta Fielding, who is the President of the Alumni Advisory Board, says alumni chapters, groups and clubs offer a great service to graduates. “The most important thing is they are run by alumni for alumni, so the benefit derived is much greater than it would be otherwise,” says Fielding. “Our ambition is to support the growth of alumni committees in other locations as alumni seek the opportunity to come together.”
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IVEY CASE WORKSHOPS HEAD TO BOND MORE than 50 academics from across Australia travelled to Bond University to attend a two-day conference earlier this year. The renowned Ivey Case workshops originate from the Ivey Business School at Western University in Canada, considered to be one of the leading business schools in the world. Faculty of Law and Business Professor Paul Beamish travelled to the Gold Coast to facilitate the Case Study Writing and Teaching workshop.
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Attendees had the opportunity to network and discuss the financial and administrative constraints encountered during teaching and to enhance Case Study outcomes.
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The event was organised by Bond’s Associate Professor of Finance Dr Colette Southam, who relocated to Bond University from the Ivey Business School in 2012.
to complete an internship in China after being awarded a New Colombo Plan Scholarship. The Federal Government initiative offers more than 60 undergraduate students the chance to study abroad, with the aim to strengthen ties with the Indo-Pacific region. The Bachelor of Law and International Relations (Business) student says her international experiences have provided her with insight into global issues.
“I am hoping that on the New Colombo Plan Scholarship I will be able to study at Fudan University in Shanghai, and complete an internship at a Chinese law firm or quasi-governmental organisation where I can participate in humanitarian work,” she says. Kahloon has already notched an impressive list of accolades during her time at Bond, including the Vice-Chancellor’s Elite Scholarship in 2011 and serving as President of the Bond University Law Students’ Association between 2013 and 2014.
Dr Southam plans to coordinate further Ivey Case workshops in the future and will visit Western University to finalise the partnership, which is generously supported by Mr Jack Cowin.
SMOOTH SAILING BOND University’s Mat Belcher has navigated his way to success again with another two accolades to add to his impressive repertoire. The Masters in Sustainable Development student has been named Queensland Sports Star of the Year and ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion. Bond University Executive Director of Sport Garry Nucifora says the Olympic gold medallist is a renowned athlete, as well as an illustrious role model for 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,” Nucifora says. Belcher is the first sailor to ever win Queensland Sports Star of the Year, beating out finalists Shannon Eckstein, Mick Fanning, Will Power, Jonathon Thurston and Laura Geitz. Belcher graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce at Bond in 2009 and is a member of the Bond Elite Sport Program.
NEW DIRECTION FOR INDIGENOUS HEALTH BOND University has bolstered its Indigenous health curriculum with the appointment of Associate Professor Shannon Springer as Academic Lead for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. Dr Springer has worked across Queensland over the past decade and will source clinical placement opportunities in Indigenous communities. “There has been a shift in the medical problems affecting Indigenous families over time, from infectious diseases to more chronic healthcare issues, such
as cardiovascular, renal disease and cancers,” he says. “The lingering effects of past policies, which resulted in losses of land, language, culture and an erosion of identity and autonomy, continue to affect many of my patients’ social and emotional health and wellbeing, and have a bearing on their choices in life. "My work at Bond will enable me to develop and contribute to a culturally competent workforce and bring about enhanced skills to students wanting to deliver better health outcomes for their future Indigenous patients.”
ISAF Sailing World Cup team mates Will Ryan (left) and Mat Belcher
THE NUMBERS STACK UP BOND University has added weight to its finance offering after being accepted into the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Recognition Program. Bond becomes one of just two universities in Queensland, six in Australia and one of about 150 in 40 countries around the world to be accepted into the Program. The Bachelor of Commerce (Finance Major), Master of Financial Management and Master of Finance degrees have all been lauded for ethical conduct and demonstrating at least 70 per cent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge.
Kirsten Olden, Felicity Young, Lisa Brass and Joseph Corriero
TRIUMPH IN TORONTO A TEAM of underdogs from Bond has made its mark on an international scale with four Law students securing third place at the prestigious Wilson Moot in Canada. Kirsten Olden, Felicity Young, Lisa Brass and Joseph Corriero made history as the first international team to claim a top spot as it battled against 11 Canadian law schools. Corriero says this year’s case focused on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the issue of incarcerated women raising children in prison. “We were required to address a fictitious amendment to the Mother-Child program that prevented women convicted of
any violent offence from accessing the program,” he says. “As the team had to moot both sides of the issue, Felicity and I argued that denying access to women convicted of a violent crime violated the Charter rights of the mothers and children affected, while Kirsten and Lisa argued, in the name of safety, that it was a constitutionally valid and necessary amendment.” The Bond team was supported by Student Coach Ashley Rooney and Faculty Advisor Lisa Bonin. The University of Toronto took home top honours, followed by McGill University in second place.
Bond University Assistant Professor of F inance and Head of Finance, Dr Simone Kelly, says being accepted is a testament to the commitment of academics Dr Julia Henker and Phillippa Wright. “To be accepted is recognition that Bond’s degrees are good preparation for, and a pathway to, achieving CFA accreditation and the rigorous study required to achieve it once students enter the professional workforce,” Dr Kelly says. “It is also a significant acknowledgement of the quality of our degree programs, not just in Australia but on an international level.” Bond students will now be well placed to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, which is considered the most respected investment credential in the world.
LIVE AT BOND SERVES UP SOUL SOUL and pop sensation Christine Anu kicked off this year’s Live at Bond free concert series to wide acclaim in March.
The event also provided the perfect backdrop for Anu to celebrate her birthday, with the 1000-strong crowd surprising her with a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’. The iconic Indigenous artist performed hits from her award-winning repertoire, as well as music from Rewind – a tribute album to Aretha Franklin. Student Tyus Arndt warmed up the crowd at the ADCO Amphitheatre, accompanied by the Churchie Soul Band from the Anglican Church Grammar School. Anu also took the time to meet with Bond’s Indigenous scholarship partners and students before the show. Community Engagement Manager Sharon Solyma says Anu spoke highly of her visit to the University and wouldn’t hesitate to return.
“Despite being away from her family she said she had a great birthday,” Solyma says. As part of the line-up for the Bleach* Festival, the event also showcased more than 200 poems submitted by local writers. The Poetry Gallery included a workshop for guests to hone their talent with assistance from renowned poet Pascalle Burton and Queensland Poetry Festival Co-Director David ‘Ghostboy’ Stavanger.
1. Tyus Arndt & The Churchie Soul Band 2. Members of the 1000 strong crowd 3. David 'Ghostboy' Stavanger 4. Christine Anu 5. ADCO team
OVER the past 14 years, Bond has collaborated with Japan’s acclaimed strategic thinker Dr Kenichi Ohmae and his BBT University to deliver one of the few English-language MBA programs available to Japan’s student community with a focus on global leadership issues. Professor Barry Burgan’s role as BBT MBA Program Director at Bond University is to build on a rich association with Japan developed during the University’s founding years more than a quarter of a century ago. Bond’s binding ties with Japan began with one of the University’s founders, the Chair of EIE, Haruhiro Takahashi, who partnered with Alan Bond in the 1980s. Even the architect was renowned Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and Japanese students have attended Bond since the very beginning. “The Faculty of Business is in a unique situation as being the only Business School in Australia with significant links in Japan,” says Burgan, adding that this creates major advantages to the University and its alumni. “The Asian century is not just about China, and the opportunities for Australian business in other countries should not be overlooked – and this includes Japan. While the Japanese economy is perceived as somewhat slow in a relative sense to some of its neighbours, it is still the world’s third-largest economy, and Australia’s second-largest trading partner – and has significant linkages into Asia and globally. “We have intentions of both growing the program within Japan as it exists, and we
would also like to use the program as a base to reach into China and Taiwan.” “It’s a very significant program and most people don’t know it’s there,” says Burgan. The Bond BBT MBA has over 900 alumni, and is approaching 350 currently enrolled students, many of them working for some of Japan’s leading blue-chip corporations. This makes it Japan’s largest overseas MBA network. “The partnerships other Australian universities have in Japan are mainly partnerships around exchange students and research, but there is no other Australian university that I know of that is delivering a program to Japan,” says Burgan. Ohmae, a high-profile visionary who for decades has assisted Japanese businesses develop their global ambitions, is a significant part of the appeal to students. “The key to global integration is a globally aware workforce, which is what Bond is delivering through the BBT program,” says Burgan. “The program is very much about encouraging management to look outside of Japan and how they lead in a global economy.” While the higher education sector in Japan is mature, cultural influences have largely kept the focus on undergraduate studies. “Programs such as MBAs and Masters Degrees are not as pervasive,” says Burgan. “The issue for Japan is that as they become increasingly globally oriented the need for understanding global frameworks
and global thinking becomes more prevalent. So the demand for MBAs over there is expected to grow as Japanese management looks more externally. “The more you are networked internationally the more you need the frameworks and understandings, particularly as global business is largely conducted in English. Our program prepares Japanese students for a global business context and one of the advantages of this program is it is largely taught in English.” Ohmae says women comprised 32 per cent of the BBT MBA student body this year, which is well above average for a Japanese university or graduate school.
“Our programs are attracting more and more women,” says Ohmae. “They feel that (by doing the program) they can either get promoted faster or they can switch over to real global corporations. Their career options widen.” MBA students undertake about two-thirds of the program online and the rest through a study tour at Bond involving at least two visits. “Some choose to come down four times and others choose to come five times, including graduation, over the two years of study,” says Burgan. “They often bring partners and family and thereby contribute around 3000 visitor nights to Gold Coast tourism.
These students are middle to senior level managers in global businesses, working in Japan, but also across other countries such as USA, Singapore, China, and Germany.” Burgan says the MBA program has helped Bond develop a ‘unique and long-term relationship’ with Japan. Expansion of the Bond BBT MBA offering with an English-language program delivered in partnership with BBT and other universities in the Asia-Pacific region is being considered and would target Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Australian students. This program would focus on leadership
experiences and offer students faceto-face exposure to more than 30 entrepreneurs from around the world. “It is intended to be a very different kind of MBA program,” says Ohmae. “It will not be about teaching, so much as about students experiencing and getting a feel for what it takes to succeed in business by meeting these entrepreneurs directly. "This not only promotes networking among the students, but it also lets students get to know how these entrepreneurs accomplished what they have.” www.arch.bond.edu.au
AN MBA WITH
MR STRATEGY JAPAN’S acclaimed strategic thinker
healthcare/pharmaceuticals and service industries.
Dr Kenichi Ohmae doesn’t believe in a conventional approach to education.
The program is driven by Ohmae’s deep understanding of leadership.
After spending 23 years as the head of global consultancy group McKinsey & Co in Japan, Ohmae has come to differentiate the vitality of learning from the limitations of classroom teaching. “Within a global company like McKinsey & Co, you bump into many interesting people,” says Ohmae, the man dubbed ‘Mr Strategy’ by The Economist.
He is a much sought-after speaker whose message is founded on the concept of the borderless world economy and the opportunities this offers businesses. Yet Ohmae says the MBA is not a natural fit for the Japanese, although there is an appetite for change. “In Japan, many now feel they need this extra study opportunity so they can accelerate their managerial skills,” he says.
“You learn more by watching these guys perform on site than you can on paper. I think this experience is far more valuable than from traditional academic institutions.” It is this philosophy that underpins the values of his BBT University and its MBA programs. This includes the program which has been run in collaboration with Bond University for 14 years, and has grown to become the largest overseas MBA program in Japan. While the online program largely comprises Japanese students, about 85 per cent of them live outside of Japan and work across a broad range of industry sectors, with more than half in manufacturing,
The average age of the BBT MBA student body is about 38 years, with the program attracting experienced and influential managers. “Many of the students are Japanese nationals working across the world, although the program has attracted some Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese who are fluent in the Japanese language. “We like our students to have at least 10 years of work experience, so they can share their experience with each other.” Ohmae describes the BBT MBA program
as ‘tough’, with courses involving real-time online case studies where students have to think quickly to solve immediate problems facing CEOs in their business. “They have to think like a CEO, so they do get a lot out of their study,” he says. Some are so inspired by their experiences that they have written books since graduating, with at least 32 published works by alumni on a broad range of subjects. “These guys are highly talented,” says Ohmae. “They have this experience of studying at Bond through at least two study tours at the University during the course of their program and they want to communicate what they have learned. They all change in the way they can summarise what they know. “And they want to stand out - that is the unusual characteristic of Bond graduates.” Ohmae is particularly focused on changing attitudes in traditionally insular Japan, and Bond’s MBA program at BBT University has played a key role in promoting that change.
Professor Sonosuke Kadonaga, Dr Kenichi Ohmae, Junko Fujita, Tokiko Nagamine, Shinobu Taniwaki, Ayako Suzuki, Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Brailsford and Professor Barry Burgan.
BANKING ON BOND BOND University’s Faculty of Society and Design is creating a niche role as a leading international provider of infrastructure research and capacitybuilding following a number of successful collaborative associations. Heading the studies is Professor of Infrastructure Michael Regan who has helped develop a number of infrastructure programs to promote improved infrastructure procurement, connectivity and project finance in the Asia-Pacific region. Regan has worked with the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Economic Research Institute of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia, the Commonwealth Secretariat in London and the Asian Development Bank. Recent work includes the ASEAN publicprivate partnership guidelines and
financing connectivity policy documents, and the 2014 Infrascope, a survey of state institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. Through these opportunities, Bond has established good working relationships with leading international institutions including Stanford University in the US, Asian Development Bank Institute in Japan and Queens University in Canada. “The collaboration with other institutions is terrific as it puts Bond in a particularly good networking position with our peers in the region; we now keep in regular contact and approach other projects jointly,” says Regan. “The opportunities also show that Bond
is a serious contender when it comes to contributing to economic development in the Asia-Pacific region, the fastest growing regional economy in the world. “Recent work highlights Bond’s role as a leader in infrastructure research, training and capacity building in the AsiaPacific region.” Regan says much of this work is incorporated into academic programs delivered at Bond. The Faculty of Society and Design also annually publishes The Public Infrastructure Bulletin, which highlights local and international research and which, in recent editions, has included important contributions from undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Faculty. www.arch.bond.edu.au
Professor Adrian Carter
PAVING THE WAY TO SUCCESS BOND University has heralded an important step in ensuring its architecture program shines at an international level. Internationally renowned Utzon scholar, architect and academic Professor Adrian Carter has been appointed as Head of Architecture to lead the state-of-the-art Abedian School of Architecture. Relocating from his position as Director of the Utzon Research Centre and Associate Professor at the University of Aalborg in
Denmark, Professor Carter brings more than 30 years of experience to Bond.
the famed designer of the Sydney Opera House.
His portfolio showcases a number of major architecture projects, including involvement in the Finnish Embassy in New Delhi, the Sief’s Palace in Kuwait, Tampere Library in Finland, Aker Brygge Harbour development in Oslo, housing proposals for Walsh Bay in Sydney and the design of major bridges in Denmark.
Professor Carter founded the Utzon Research Centre at the University of Aalborg, and went on to build the Utzon Centre as a haven for young architects and designers.
The celebrated academic is also hailed as an expert on the work of Jørn Utzon,
He says he developed a deep appreciation for Utzon’s work and an understanding of architecture after visiting Australia 25 years ago.
FEATURE “He was more highly recognised in Australia and internationally, due to his design of the Sydney Opera House, than he was in Denmark, so to have the opportunity to educate those back in his own country about his work became a real labour of love for me,” Professor Carter says. “He has been a great inspiration to me and everyone who has had the chance to work with him, which I have been keen to pass on to coming generations. “Architecture is an ever-changing field and we need to prepare graduates for circumstances we can’t predict yet. We also need to give them self-confidence and leadership skills to go out into the world and play an active role in developing the building environment in the future.” The scale of the Bond campus and the studio culture of the 'outstanding' Abedian School of Architecture building was an appealing factor in Professor Carter accepting the position. “Because of the size of the school, it’s been possible and a great pleasure to be able to come to know all of the students in the whole class that is graduating,” he says.
CONSTRUCTING A LEADING RESEARCH CENTRE BOND University’s Centre for Comparative Construction Research (CCCR) is forging ahead as a leader in its field following the publication of a number of internationally recognised books and a flurry of awards. The Centre, which has grown to include five full-time staff, specialises in research on performance and productivity issues of the global construction industry and broader matters relating to comparative construction. Over the past 12 months the Centre has been building a name for itself, producing two research books which have helped it gain international attention.
“Most other schools that I’ve taught at have been somewhat larger and that connection has sadly been lost as they’ve expanded.
The first was the publication of a book on sustainable building adaptation in 2014, while the second this year looked at measuring construction prices, output and productivity.
“There’s a strong sense of collaboration among staff as well as the students, which is really important because they learn as much from each other as they do from us.”
CCCR also developed the model used to calculate the comparative costs between 23 different countries for Turner and Townsend’s International Construction Cost Survey.
Professor Carter says the architecture program has the potential to be among the most respected in the world and attract a great pool of talent.
“The success is a result of the hard work of the people in the Centre and the support we get from the Faculty and the University,” says Director of CCCR Professor Craig Langston.
“We want to grow it to the number the building was designed for, but not beyond that,” he says. “We want to strengthen that studio culture as effectively as possible and develop research and teaching around the use of technology. “But at the same time I think it’s important that students maintain their understanding of architectural history and where culture comes from, and with a social conscious. “There has to be an understanding that they will be designing buildings for people and there is a social responsibility in everything one designs.” Professor Carter says the amenities at the Abedian School of Architecture will facilitate the 'synthesis' between new concepts and technological innovation, particularly advances in robotic technology.
CCCR has also had some success with awards recently, with Professor Langston presented with an International Innovation and Research Award by the Chartered Institute of Building, as well as a Best Research Paper Award. Two significant competitive research grants have also been awarded to Professor Jim Smith of CCCR and Professor Langston. In addition, Professor Edwin Chan, who is a leading academic from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, has also been awarded a visiting professor grant from ORS to work with the CCCR team over a three-week period at Bond. The Centre’s objectives for the next three years are to build its reputation and influence, while expanding international reach and improving performance metrics to the level of a university research centre. Effectively this means a doubling of its past performance, which is seen as quite a challenge. More information on CCCR can be found at bond.edu.au/cccr
“I believe no other university has a built environment centre as specialised as ours. We have a particular expertise in the area of cost conversion and purchasing power parity, and that is what sets us apart from other institutions.” Current projects of CCCR include work with the International Research Alliance for Sustainable Development where Bond is collaborating with five other universities, including Chongqing University, on the topic of workplace ecology. The aim of this collaboration is to further explore a method for measuring workplace ecology in the context that a workplace is a human eco-system supported by organisation, space and technology infrastructure.
FOR A RICH FILM HISTORY
Move over Oscars, Bond’s answer to the movie industry’s peak awards is preparing for its biggest performance yet.
AS BOND University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA) rolls into its 20th year, Director of Film and Television Associate Professor Dr Michael Sergi says the team is preparing ‘something special’ to mark the anniversary. However, true to his filmmaking roots, Sergi wants to maintain the element of surprise until the awards ceremony in November. If the growth of the awards are any indication, the local and international film and television industry is in for a treat. “A few years ago we started broadcasting live over the internet because of strong demand and now we have people watching from all over the world,” says Sergi. “It’s a glossy event – a television and high-quality awards ceremony - and there is nothing like this offered by any other university in Australia, perhaps even around the world.
“The number of high school students entering best demonstrates the appeal. Five years ago we had around 70 entries and now we get well over 200.” In 2008, the awards grew out of a lecture theatre and moved into a transformed Princeton Room. Over the past two years they have been emceed by Academy Award winner Adam Elliot. “Adam committed to BUFTA as his only professional speaking engagement for the entire year last year while he was in the middle of making another film, which I think is testament to the value these awards bring to the industry,” says Sergi. “BUFTA has a huge impact on the lives of students whose films go through to the final rounds and really kickstarts their careers at such a young age.
FEATURE “Likewise, it has a tremendous impact on Film and Television students who help pull the show together. It’s a serious undertaking and extraordinary to go from never having done television beforehand to putting on a massive broadcast event like BUFTA 10 weeks later.”
Guest presenter Adam Elliot
Sergi has been coordinating BUFTA for the past 14 years. In recent years, he has been increasingly ushering BUFTA’s digital evolution and steering Australiawide roadshows to spread the good word. “BUFTA was relatively modest for its first decade and mostly seen as a way of encouraging production at a time when there was very little of that in Australia,” he says. “Now that production is heating up locally and BUFTA has cemented its place on the circuit, we are being invited to speak at schools all around Australia this year already in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth – about how to make strong BUFTA films.” BUFTA also has been inspired by talented alumni, with winners in recent years going on to work on major blockbusters and win big at industry favourites such as Cannes Lions Festival. London-based Eric So, the 2006 BUFTA Overall Winner, has an impressive resume even by Hollywood standards. As a stereo compositor, his work only four years post-graduation has included Captain America, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Happy Feet Two, Prometheus and The Great Gatsby. Another BUFTA Overall Winner, Matthew Thorne, has seen his short films, music videos and television commercials win awards around the world. Thorne won the Young Director Award at Cannes Lions Festival last year for his short film Where Do Lilacs Come From, the pinnacle after scoring wins at other events including St Kilda Film Festival and 30 Under 30 Film Festival in the US. BUFTA winners seem to find a way of connecting with some of the biggest companies in the world, as 2007 BUFTA Overall Winner and Melbourne videographer James Base has done with Red Bull. Base is also the official videographer for The Cat Empire, and currently making the band's documentary. Dr Michael Sergi says BUFTA is a yearlong project, where the awards wrap up late November for the core team of six to get a break over Christmas and then begin all over again in January.
In the months leading up to the awards night, Sergi’s team recruits contractors and additional staff, as well as a large cohort of Bond University Film and Television students to help deliver a blockbuster production.
2014 BUFTA Overall Winner Thomas Evans
“The challenge is putting on a major and broadcasted film and television awards event from within a university, as universities traditionally aren’t geared up to do something like this,” says Sergi. “It would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to put on an event of this calibre in the ‘real world’. “We are a very high-achieving group of people though, working and learning at an equally high-achieving institution. The awards unfold each year as a total labour of love for all of us involved and it just wouldn’t work otherwise.” www.arch.bond.edu.au
WHERE EAST MEETS WEST
DESPITE riding the highs and lows of the shipping industry for four decades, and a textured career as a salesman, translator and broadcaster preluding this, Alan Chan’s experiences haven’t moulded him into your typical high-flying businessman. In his demeanour, the Singapore-based Chan espouses modesty and eschews showiness, elaborate displays of wealth and personal standing. Chinese by birth, British by immigration, Japanese through military conquest, Malaysian by merger and Singaporean by independence, Chan takes a globalised view of the world. He believes that each corner can derive some benefit from another, and likewise, good business will benefit all parties involved. It’s a Confucian approach to life, something that Chan is trying to impress upon the youth of today. “In 1988, there was a meeting of Nobel laureates in Rome and they said if human beings were to survive in the 21st century, they have to go back 25 centuries and consider the wisdom of Confucius,” says Chan. “This couldn’t be truer and, in my opinion, Confucianism is a treasure to all of humanity.”
Chan formally applied himself to Confucianism later in life, as he did with business too. He took his time to rise to the top in business, striking out in his own at the age of 38 and founding a small tanker shipping company from scratch. This mirrors his belief in waiting for things to take their course, contrasting the Western philosophy that you can fast-track a solution. It took more than a decade for Chan to establish his shipping company, Petroships, and another decade for it to grow. Chan sold it at the height of the market in 2007. “Selling my business at the height of the market after four decades was full of heartache, although I wanted to avoid being punished by the market, and could see the pressures were looming large,” Chan says. The following year, the market crashed and still it hasn’t recovered fully. “A broad perspective is very important in a world of international complexity and high technology, otherwise you don’t see things as they are,” says Chan. “I always tell students the most important thing in business is foresight – visualising things in the future and acting accordingly.”
His Eastern upbringing had more of an impact on Chan than he once thought, and it was only when looking back that Chan realised he had been navigating the cutthroat shipping industry through Confucian conduct. Chan says he has always charted the waters with a broad perspective, tolerance and patience in check, and by assessing all matters with great depth. “Entrepreneurship and business is often taught as being quite merciless and predatory. Sometimes these techniques seem useful, but I think entrepreneurship thrives under more moderate conditions of harmony, credibility, trustworthiness and cooperation. “As the saying goes, virtue is not alone and is bound to attract companionship.” Chan says his approach to business goes hand in hand with the core Confucian teachings of humaneness, righteousness, good conduct, wisdom and credibility, which he always subconsciously followed and which the Chinese community practices in varying degrees. “My order of understanding Confucianism wasn’t by prior study, but by later realisation and by reviewing my own style of always living life in a decent manner,” he says.
"Education is the most effective and productive investment to me because the returns have a true ripple effect.”
Now Confucianism is Chan’s lifeblood and, in his opinion, one of the most effective methods of spreading the message is working with universities such as Bond. “Education is the most effective and productive investment to me because the returns have a true ripple effect,” says Chan. “Universities are the place to spread ideas. You promote the ability and quality of the people through education, which I should know because I have proceeded from Third World to First World in the short space of a few decades due to my education.” Chan is currently encouraging the growth of the Bond University Centre for EastWest Cultural and Economic Studies through his philanthropic support, while expanding its focus on Confucian studies. Chan’s passion for East-West relations was cultivated in his early career, when he worked in Singapore as a translator and bilingual broadcaster. His curiosity for words these days, in his semi-retirement, is being applied to translating and distilling the core teachings of Confucius into a small booklet where his approach is ‘to be comprehensible, not comprehensive’. “My number one goal is to spread the Confucian doctrines to Western and
Oriental people, which is quite a mission,” says Chan. “It hasn’t been done successfully in the past because people try and put across the whole thing, but I only want to showcase teachings that are relevant to the modern world.” Chan visits Bond at least once a year to lend his support to East-West studies, recently coming for the Confucianism and Modern Society International Symposium, and also occasionally teaching a personal case study on piracy to postgraduate International Trade students. Bond University Faculty of Society and Design Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Raoul Mortley says Chan’s support adds to the strength of Bond’s reputation and consolidates its position in Eastern studies. “Alan’s support and confidence in Bond adds depth to the University being Asiafacing,” says Mortley.
“He has a specific profile in Singapore, Malaysia, China, and also with UNESCO, so it means a lot for the University that he is very willing to show his association,” he says. Chan believes consciousness is being elevated globally to better welcome Confucianism and, where it isn’t, the ethics and values of the philosophy are much warranted. As China roars into global leadership, Chan believes it’s increasingly important to understand the societal values and culture of the Chinese to maintain healthy economic and trade relationships. His view is that Confucianism is a useful supplement to business markets across the world. “Confucian culture has an enormous contribution to make to modern China and the West,” says Chan. “It adds an intellectual depth to the way we understand cultures and power, which is absolutely necessary in today’s world.” www.arch.bond.edu.au
A tale of elders
PAST AND PRESENT
WHEN Patrick met Sally it was immediately a marriage of two very different worlds, although both were united by the same passion. The friendship between Bond University donor and art patron Dr Patrick Corrigan AM and Indigenous Australian artist Sally Gabori was instantly dynamic, much like Gabori’s works depicting her rich heritage and history. Through Corrigan and his wife Barbara’s generosity, Bond is the beneficiary of many of these pieces, which will co-exist with what is already Australia’s largest private collection of Aboriginal art on public display. Corrigan has donated the lion’s share of this collection. As Bond University ViceChancellor Professor Tim Brailsford says, “Whenever we have blank walls, Pat seems to step in and want to fill them.” Fittingly, and speaking to the University’s global vision, the book Gabori: The Sally Gabori Collection of Patrick Corrigan was recently launched at Bond in the Abedian School of Architecture. Professor Brailsford sums up the concept of displaying Gabori’s collection in a building that was designed in the UK, engineered in Germany and built by local company
ADCO Constructions as a ‘masterstroke’.
of land and languages, and we are seeing a disconnect between younger indigenous Australians that sees them isolated from their beautiful culture.
Authored by Djon Mundine and published by Corrigan, who also owns boutique Newtown bookstore Better Read Than Dead, Gabori’s 192-page book features a broad selection of her works, all painted within a period of five years.
“Art is one way to bridge that gap and become a catalyst for change in these communities.”
The editor, Candida Baker, says the book speaks volumes about the Australian experience, and serves as a memento to be passed down for generations to come.
Baker says Corrigan’s ‘memory prowess and strict attention to detail’ meant not one thing went amiss in the book and the design values were held in the highest regard to complement the content.
“It is said by Djon in the book that ‘great art speaks not only of its creation, but also to the timeless heart of human nature’ and I don’t think this could be more true of Sally’s work,” says Baker.
“Pat has single-handedly done more for arts philanthropy in Australia than any country would have a reasonable right to expect,” she says.
“Sally captures the beauty of Australia’s landscape as she teaches us about her husband’s country, family’s country and her country.
To that, humbly Corrigan deflects the glory and says the real treasure was Gabori’s skill. “It’s unbelievable that she picked up a brush for the first time at 83 years of age and could paint with such a visceral, heartfelt energy for five years, and then one day just stop,” says Corrigan.
“She lived through so much – full separation from her homeland, the passing of several children, and the death of her beloved husband – yet when she put paint on canvas, it was as if only the purest light of her memories remained.
“Somehow, in her late age, Sally suddenly understood how to translate into art the difficult emotional and physical spaces that she had travelled through during her lifetime.”
“We are all aware of the ongoing difficulties faced by indigenous communities in Australia, including the loss
PAVING PATHWAYS TO THE ARTS BOND is the presenting partner of The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s Indigenous program throughout 2015 and 2016, and extending to mid-2017. Through a synergy with Dr Patrick Corrigan AM, The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s Gallery Chairman and Bond University Indigenous Gala Patron, the local institutions are working together on raising awareness of Australia’s most significant art movement of the 21st century. Bond University Pro ViceChancellor Pathways and
Partnerships Catherine O’Sullivan, says the partnership profiles the shared objective for the future of both Bond and The Arts Centre. “The alignment cements our commitment to nurturing Indigenous culture and being a thought leader in this space,” says O’Sullivan. “The Arts Centre’s Indigenous program showcases talented performers and presents relevant discussions and issues that share the importance and value of the culture, something we are very proud to champion.”
O’Sullivan says the partnership also has a tangible effect on students. “Students are encouraged to engage through work experience and internship placements at The Arts Centre,” she says. “The value the Gold Coast is placing on growing and diversifying the arts and cultural sector, through initiatives like the Bleach* Festival that Bond is also involved in, facilitates us finding pathways and employment outcomes for our students.”
5 1. Dr Patrick Corrigan AM with Gabori: The Sally Gabori Collection of Patrick Corrigan 2. Book launch gathering held in the Abedian School of Architecture 3. Sally Gabori artwork decorates the walls of the Abedian School of Architecture 4. Professor Tim Brailsford with Executive Director Alumni and Development Brett Walker 5. L to R: Mark Ella AM, Dr Manny Pohl, Candida Baker, Gail Pohl, Dr Patrick Corrigan AM
EXCELLENCE The path to success may be fraught with gender bias, but inspirational tales of compassion and triumph at Bond highlight the power within to change the world
THE corporate world might not yet have captured the essence of gender equality, but Bond is doing its best to change the
leadership model from the ground up. Bond hosted the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia Leadership Conference earlier this year for the second year in a row, emblematic of its commitment to female empowerment.
The conference brought together school captains and leaders from more than 140 schools across Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Philippines and the US, with the vision these young women will be the leaders of tomorrow. Robyn Moore, a communications specialist,
spoke on the power of language to change the world, while Bond alumna, Secretary General of the Australian Olympic Committee and former international triathlete and lawyer Fiona de Jong, highlighted that a diligent approach to life will reap dividends. A thread of compassion was woven throughout the conference, most prominent when Thankyou Group Cofounder and Managing Director Daniel Flynn and Same Sky founder Francine LeFrak spoke on the rewards of putting others first through social enterprise. With both having strong ties to the developing world, the speakers embodied Bond’s Pathways and Partnerships mission of reaching out to important causes on a global scale. Flynn has funded safe water, health, hygiene and food solutions for hundreds of thousands of people, while LeFrak is giving artisans a ‘hand up, not a handout’. Bond University Pro Vice-Chancellor Pathways and Partnerships Catherine O’Sullivan says the speakers were most
COMMUNITY inspiring in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurship and corporate governance. “To have such speakers at Bond, sharing their experiences with students who have displayed exemplary leadership qualities, will no doubt empower the next generation of female achievers to follow their dreams and have a positive impact,” says O’Sullivan. The conference marked the first time LeFrak had visited Bond, strengthening the University’s partnership as Same Sky’s first institutional partner, which was announced on International Women’s Day last year. Bond is now working with leading young women in its community to spread the ‘hand up’ philosophy. This includes former Bond University Student Association (BUSA) President Melanie Hayden, who undertook the first Same Sky university internship at its headquarters in New York late last year. “Same Sky shows that anything is possible when you capture the hearts and minds of people, which is what we are trying to encourage at Bond,” says O’Sullivan. “We are delighted to join Francine and the global community of Same Sky ambassadors, celebrities and supporters in championing a needful and much stronger global conversation about Rwanda, the empowerment of women, the importance of giving, sustainable enterprise and the issues of poverty, conflict, health and education.”
LeFrak, a multiple Tony, Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer of social issue films, fortuitously fell into venture philanthropy. After spending eightand-a-half years developing a film script on the Rwandan genocide of 1994, she hit a roadblock when Hotel Rwanda was released and Hollywood wasn’t interested in producing another film on the subject. “When you truly believe in something, no matter what obstacle is in your way, you feel like you just have to go forward,” says LeFrak. “I was in so deep at that point that there was no turning back.” At the deep end were 250,000 Rwandan women left desolate and hopeless after being raped during the genocide, with 70 per cent of these women estimated by the United Nations to have contracted HIV. “These women were so poor that they couldn’t even eat consistently, let alone take the medicine that was being provided,” says LeFrak. “They were just preparing for their death.” LeFrak felt compelled to take her passion one step further.
Since 2008, Same Sky jewellery has been acting as a ribbon to the cause of eradicating extreme poverty by promoting a marketplace for the ethical shopping movement. Artisans in Rwanda and the US, where 45 million live below the poverty line, create jewellery for remuneration of the selling price. This can pay for one year’s healthcare, school fees or access to clean water. “By creating jobs you give dignity and hope, grant opportunity across multiple dimensions in life, and help unveil talents as you promote an avenue for selfexpression,” says LeFrak. LeFrak notes that one of the Rwandan artisans who was gang raped in the genocide and couldn’t speak when they met now leads other women. Another’s HIV numbers have changed so dramatically since she started working that in the past year she gave birth to a HIV-free baby. LeFrak says Same Sky’s message is transferrable to women working in any field, in any part of the world.
“Countries that receive aid are statistically worse off, so I got this idea to give the women that had been left behind a job – a hand-up, not a handout,” says LeFrak.
“I believe so much in the power of women working in collectives, whether that’s the artisans in Rwanda, women in halfway houses in America, or girls coming together for greater causes at schools and universities.
“Friends always said I had a good eye for jewellery, so I came up with this idea to employ women to crochet jewellery.”
“Working in collectives gives women the most incredible ability to empower one another.”
Same Sky Artisan crocheting at Avega
Same Sky Artisan and jewellery
SPORT IN FOCUS Bond's sporting culture is thriving with success across all fields of competition enhancing the university experience.
SPORT BONDIES are proving to not only be high achievers in the classroom, but high achievers on the sports field as well. Boasting more than 20 different sport clubs and with hundreds of students participating in sporting activities, the University continues to fulfil its ongoing commitment to the development of sporting excellence at Bond and on the Gold Coast. This includes the recent introduction and launch of a dedicated women’s AFL team which has been kicking big goals since inception. The men’s AFL team is also having a stellar season, with epic success in AFL Queensland’s Alpha Sport Pre-Season Cup. Meanwhile, Bond is also pleased to announce a unique partnership with the Mission Queensland State League Netball team, the Golden South Jaguars, which will see Bond University open its training facilities to the Jaguars, as well as provide development opportunities for those in the Bond Netball Club. "Netball is Australia's number one participation sport for women and through this partnership we aim to develop a respected netball program at Bond, with a strong focus on encouraging and strengthening the talent of young sportswomen in Queensland," says Executive Director of Sport Garry Nucifora. Other club sports include touch football, basketball, soccer and volleyball, and all
are in training mode for the 2015 Northern University Games which commence in July in Toowoomba. Sport and Programs Manager Jackie Parra says Bond is dedicated to maintaining an enviable sporting culture and says its world-class sporting programs distinguish it from rival universities. “Sport gives students balance – it gives them an opportunity to get out of the classroom, make some friends and keep fit,” says Parra. “At Bond we not only want to offer a first-class education but we want to offer our students first-class sporting opportunities. “We want to ensure that all of our students can pick and choose from the long list of sporting activities and have a really great time and ultimately enhance their university experience.” Bond offers opportunities from the social level to elite, and Parra says to ensure there is reduced pressure on athletes completing at the professional level, the University established the Bond Elite Sports Program which provides academic flexibility. Bond also offers a number of sporting scholarships including the John Eales Rugby Excellence, Georgina Hope Rinehart Swimming Excellence and ADCO Sporting Excellence Scholarships.
FOUR NATIONS KICK OFF AT BOND BOND University was the battleground for the 2015 Oceania Rugby Junior Championship, with the best of the best in Under 20s Rugby from Japan, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia converging at the Gold Coast campus. The four countries kicked off an extraordinary competition across three match days from May 2-9 with more than 1200 spectators venturing to Bond to watch the grand final between New Zealand and Australia. After a fast-paced game, New Zealand took home the honours, winning 46-29. Executive Director of Sport Garry Nucifora says the competition was a great opportunity, not only for Bond but the Gold Coast as a whole. “It is a great thing to have on the Coast because it sends a message to everyone that we are a serious contender for international events,” he says. “It is also a great opportunity to showcase the University – we let the international players know that Bond University is a place where they can come and further their education and language skills.” Nucifora’s son Harry was the only Bond University student to be picked to play in the Australian side. Bond is the official education partner of the Australian Rugby Union and, through the partnership, offered a number of industry internship opportunities during the preparation camp to students studying sports management, exercise and sport science, physiotherapy and communications.
Madeline Groves (from left), Alex Graham, Melanie Wright and Jordan Harrison
BONDIES MAKE A SPLASH
FOUR Bond University students swam their way to success after competing in the 2015 Australian Swimming Championships earlier this year.
“It has always been a goal of mine to get under Susie’s time; she has always been someone I looked up to and is a real inspiration,” says Groves, 20.
Madeline Groves, Melanie Wright (nee Schlanger), Alexander Graham and Jordan Harrison made a big splash at the national event, qualifying for future swimming meets.
“I didn’t expect to do it at this year’s Nationals. I thought maybe I could do it later in the year at the World Championships, so I was stoked and really happy that it all came together.”
Georgina Hope Rinehart Swimming Excellence Scholarship holder Groves gave a standout performance, taking home gold in the 200 metre butterfly for the third consecutive year, and silver in the 100 metre butterfly.
Wright, who is an ADCO Sports Excellence Scholarship holder, competed in the freestyle events and, together with Groves, will head to Russia in August for the FINA World Championships.
She also cracked a 15-year-old record for the 200 metre event previously held by swimming legend Susie O’Neil. Groves, who is studying a Bachelor of Social Science, says she was thrilled with the results.
Harrison qualified for the World University Games in Korea, where he will represent Bond and the Uniroos, which is the team identity for all Australian University Sport high performance teams representing Australia on the international stage.
BOND TEAMS UP WITH AUG BOND has been declared the official university partner of the 2015 Australian University Games (AUG) and is set to welcome more than 7500 students from around Australia to the Gold Coast this September. More than 40 universities will battle it out in more than 30 sports for the bragging rights of Overall Champions. Bond University is set to send around 250 students to
participate in the Games and is hoping to bring home the Doug Ellis Per Capita Champion trophy for the third year in a row. The award is presented to the university that wins the most pennants per student numbers. Bond Sport and Programs Manager Jackie Parra says the partnership with AUG is testament to Bond’s reputation for providing top sporting opportunities for students.
“It is a great opportunity for us to align with the major event for university athletes, as well as provide for our non-competing students to get involved through internships,” says Parra. “It also gives us branding and exposure opportunities and showcases that Bond is serious about sport.” Bond will also host the Rugby Union 7’s and Futsal competitions. The Games run from September 27 to October 2.
TRY TIME SEAN Hedger has tackled the position
of Director and Head Coach of the Bond University Rugby Club (BURC), with the Premier team inching closer to the top of the table. Donning a new playing strip and after welcoming Dr Manny Pohl as new President of the Club, the team is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition.
training in order for the team to sustain and build on its success. “The long-term vision of the University is for the Rugby Club to be a real power within the competition and that is really achievable within the next three years,” says Hedger. Last year the team ranked seventh out of nine teams. It is aiming to place in the top half in 2015.
Hedger, who was previously Assistant Coach with the Melbourne Rebels Super 15, says the team is looking good and that it is the players’ hard work and determination that has seen them scale the ladder.
Looking at the season to date, Hedger says one of the biggest highlights of the season was when the Club travelled to Sunnybank and took out the top three grades – Premier Colts, Premier Reserve Grade and Premier.
“The first thing we did with the players was we encouraged them to give themselves a little bit more identity and take a bit of responsibility for what they want to do on the field,"he says.
“I asked a number of people in Brisbane rugby how long it would have been since Sunnybank have lost those three grades at home on the one day and a lot of people said it would have been close to 10 years,” says Hedger.
"It is one thing for the University to have a vision but the players need to have a vision too. “Once they started having a bit more accountability, they started to perform a little bit better. “And to be honest, I haven’t been doing anything outrageously innovative in terms of tactics. If anything we have gone back to basics, and luckily that has translated into good results on the scoreboard. “We are achieving what we want to achieve . The plans we put in place earlier in the season are starting to come to fruition.” Hedger says tactics will become part of the
“Looking at the Club as a whole that would have to be one of the biggest highlights.” Hedger is in charge of developing the strategic long-term plans for the Club and aims to implement a leading development program that launches players onto the professional stage. The BURC is a member of the Queensland Rugby Union and is the only Gold Coastbased club competing in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition. The Club boasts two senior teams - Premier and Premier First Grade - and also two Colts (Under 19s) teams.
Frocking up for the footy IT’S not every day you wear designer dresses and high heels to the rugby. However, close to 200 supporters of the game frocked up for Bond Rugby’s annual BLK Ladies Day – a day that included entertainment, a charity auction, great food and the opportunity to cheer on Bond University Rugby Club players from a special, ladies-only marquee situated on the sideline. Sport and Programs Manager Jackie Parra says the day was about getting more women excited about the game and building a more diverse supporter base for the thriving Club. The day was emceed by Bond University student and Queensland Reds player Ben Daley, who also went under the hammer in support of the club. Together with fellow player and Captain of the Reds, James Slipper (who is also studying at Bond), the duo was auctioned off to the room full of ladies. In an intense bidding war for the lunch date, the pair was sold for $600 with the proceeds donated back to the Bond Rugby Club. “The idea was to bring female supporters to the rugby in a ‘races at the rugby’ type event and make it fun – it was a really great day,” says Parra.
Bond University Rugby Club with Vice-Chancellor Tim Brailsford (left), Head Coach Sean
The day also featured a Zumba class, croquet and fashions on the field.
Hedger (to his right) and new President Manny Pohl (far right)
RIDING A WAVE OF SUCCESS
Codie Klein has two dreams – the first to surf on the women’s world stage, and the second to complete her Bachelor of Commerce at Bond University and enter the accounting and finance industry.
ALTHOUGH the dreams couldn’t be more different, Klein understands that as a professional athlete it is important to have something to fall back on. “There are so many things that can put an end to my surfing career," says Klein "I have already been injured and, even if I do make it, there are only a small number of people actually making enough money to sustain a future. “It is just added pressure if you have nothing to fall back on, and I don’t think I could not do it, I like studying and I like ticking my brain over and I love the challenge of it all.” The 21-year-old, who receives support from ADCO Constructions to balance sporting and academic pursuits, is currently competing in the world qualifying series and is hoping to compete on the women’s world tour at the end of the year. Klein says Bond gives her the opportunity
and flexibility to manage her sporting career with study. “When I go away it is definitely tough; it has its moments,” she says. “But with the support of the University and ADCO I am getting it done and maintaining a good average, and although it’s hard with time management I am enjoying it. “Also, I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well which probably doesn’t help, but if you put your mind to it, it is definitely doable and I am proving that to myself.” Klein’s determination was recognised recently by the Macquarie Group with the global funds manager awarding her a Young Women’s Professional Development Scholarship. The opportunity, which was only given to two entrants a year, includes a grant as well as a four-week paid internship with the leading provider of financial, advisory,
JUMPING ONTO THE WORLD STAGE THE BOND University Cheer Club somersaulted its way to the US to represent the Gold Coast and Australia in the ICU World University Cheerleading Championships in Florida. The team of 12, known as the Sharkettes, won the World Bid to represent Australia at the international competition after winning the University Dance Grand Champion title at the Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation (AASCF) National Scholastic Cheer and Dance Championships in Sydney last year. The team of 11 girls shared the floor with teams from across America, including Harvard University, the University of Alabama and the University of Tennessee, and also rocked out on stage with teams from Japan, Mexico, China and Colombia.
investment and funds management services. “For me it is huge because I can’t do a normal internship with training and travelling and because I have so much time away – but they are really flexible around when I do it and really supportive of my surfing,” says Klein. “It is a huge company and a massive opportunity and I was really surprised and really honoured to accept it.”
Sharkettes trained up to three hours a day, five days a week. The team placed sixth overall in its division in the world competition which was broadcast on ESPN across the world. Bond Cheer was established in 2009 with a team of eight girls and has grown to more than 60 members. There are currently three teams from beginners to advance Sharkies, Sharkettes and Bond Cheer Elite. All three teams cheer for community groups including the Bond University Rugby Club and Bond AFL, and participate in events such as the V8 Supercars and Rugby Sevens.
Cheer President Elizabeth Halikos says she is overwhelmingly proud of her team’s spirit that helped to leap them onto the world stage.
Bond Cheer's next competition is the AASCF All Star Cheer and Dance National Championship held from November 27-30 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
“We only started competing about two-and-a-half years ago and the last season we did really well – it was our best season,” says Halikos.
The competition will see more than 1300 routines performed by 7500 competitors from universities around Australia and New Zealand.
“The cheerleading championships in Florida is the most prestigious competition for a university; there is no other floor as big so it was an incredible achievement.”
Cheerleading has also made its way into the Australian University Games calendar, with the Bond Cheer squad gearing up to take out the first title.
Leading up to the event, the
Klein is studying a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and minoring in Finance, and aims to graduate next year. The surfer trains more than 30 hours a week including up to five strength and conditioning sessions, as well as up to four hours a day in the water. Klein recently competed in Nicaragua for the Australian team as part of the open ISA Games before heading to Mexico for a world qualifying series event.
Forbes forges career on the
NEWS BEAT ABC News reporter Tom Forbes once had ambitions of becoming a war correspondent, only to discover the drama of the daily news cycle can be just as compelling for a journalist.
IT WAS a beautiful autumn day on the Gold Coast in 2010 and the Australian Life Saving Championships were in full swing at Kurrawa Beach when young Sydney lifesaver Saxon Bird went missing in the rough conditions. For ABC Gold Coast journalist Tom Forbes it was a tragedy that impacted him deeply. It was also one of those rare occasions when Forbes felt vulnerable in his work environment as the crowd turned on the media covering the unfolding story. Forbes says the terrible loss of Bird, and that of Matthew Barclay two years later at the same event, are a constant reminder of the intrusive nature of his job. “Those stories are so gut-wrenching; they’re the hard ones,” says Forbes. “You’re as upset as everyone else, but instantly you become the enemy because you’re doing your job.” The irony for the Bond alumnus is that he became a journalist ostensibly to put himself in harm’s way, as a war correspondent. Forbes says the lure of travel and reporting from far-flung destinations were most appealing to him. “To be honest I didn’t even consider the danger. I just assumed that everything would be alright, but if you were to send me to the Middle East today I’d definitely think twice about it.” Forbes ultimately found his niche on the Gold Coast, a place he describes as a
hotbed of breaking news in a city that pulsates with activity that is driven by 12 million tourists who visit each year. Forbes’ news reports are regular fare on ABC News 24, as well as ABC radio. Yet behind the disarming face there is a depth to Forbes’ own story, one that comes with its own angst as the openly gay journalist who came out to his family during his first year at Bond. “That’s probably the hardest thing most gay people do, coming out to their family,” says Forbes, whose long-term partner is another Bond alumnus, lawyer Derek Cronin. He concedes he often would ‘skirt around the issue’ of his sexuality, and even now sees no reason to ‘scream it from the hilltops’. Looking back, Forbes simply blames the anxiety of youth which is why he and Cronin hold strong views on the right to marry. Cronin, in particular, has been a vocal campaigner for marriage equality. “Kids worry that other people will not accept them for who they are,” says Forbes. “It’s not until you get older that you realise it’s not that big a deal. We are great believers that a lot of young people who commit suicide are probably struggling with their sexuality. “We feel the right to marry takes the stigma away and makes it easier for young people who are gay. It’s one less hurdle they have to jump and puts them on an
equal footing (with their peers).” Forbes took a great deal of time to define his role in life and to establish a career path that blended his love of the outdoors with a sense of adventure. Growing up in Gladstone he would spend weekends rolling grass on his lawyer father’s turf farm. That ignited ambitions of becoming a cattle farmer. The career went as far as a 12-month stint as a jackaroo at Longreach after Forbes completed a twoyear associate diploma course at the Dalby Agricultural College. Later, when the family moved to Brisbane, he worked on a construction site and even had a go at selling real estate - a job that Forbes says ‘barely interested’ him. “I always harboured ambitions to be a journalist,” says Forbes. So he leveraged off his associate diploma to undertake an Arts degree at Bond, majoring in Journalism and International Relations. Six months into the degree in 1997, he met Cronin, a young lawyer who had graduated a few years earlier. It was Forbes’ first long-term relationship, and one that has endured the perils of separate, emerging careers that had their own individual demands. While still studying at Bond, Forbes scored his first job as a sports reporter at WIN Television in Townsville. It was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. Cronin agreed and followed him north, where Forbes says two years away from
Tom Forbes uses the magic of a targeted shot to file a story on the Gold Coast
family and friends helped cement their relationship.
"To be honest I didn’t even consider the
“It made us as a couple because we had to rely on each other,” he says.
danger. I just assumed that everything
Jobs were always second to the relationship which endured relocations to Toowoomba, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast – and sometimes long commutes in between as Cronin based himself in Brisbane.
would be alright, but if you were to
Moving permanently to the Gold Coast initially posed challenges for Forbes, largely isolation from his established network of family and friends in Brisbane. Then he discovered cycling. “That was my big thing, becoming one of those mammals that get around in lycra. Socially it gave me a new outlet.” Forbes cycles 50km most mornings, and a little more on weekends. “I used to race but still do the Noosa Triathlon each year, although I’m not as competitive as I used to be.” Forbes found his danger, the kind that bicycle riders regularly face on the roads. “Every six months you put yourself in a position where someone is upset with you, or you have a close call, but it’s not enough
send me to the Middle East today I’d definitely think twice about it." to stop you doing it. I find riding good for my mental state, because if I ride in the morning I can tackle anything that day.” Sometimes that day could involve angry defendants spitting at camera crews or throwing coffee on them as they charge their way out of a court appearance.
"All you can do is your job and try to be as unbiased as possible. “Even after all these years being a journalist I never get sick of going to work in the morning.
“Court is very unpredictable,” says Forbes, although he understands the emotions that drive the protagonists.
“I am 42 and I love my job, and the thing with TV news is that you have to be where it’s happening - you have to get the vision. That may mean sitting outside a watch house for seven or eight hours or waiting out a siege.
“They’re hurt, they’re embarrassed, they’re in a situation that they don’t want other people to know about and you can empathise as much as you want.
“There are components of the job that are not enjoyable. Do I want to be 52 and chasing someone out of the watch house? Talk to me then, but at 42 it’s where I want to be.” www.arch.bond.edu.au
ROAD INTERNATIONAL Relations and
Communications alumna Ashleigh Peplow Ball is a big believer in focusing on the little wins in life.
When the challenges she faces working in international aid seem too big to overcome, she tries to smother the thought and turn her attention to the difference something small can make.
“Forty years ago diseases like polio were crippling developing nations and now babies can be vaccinated with a single drop. These things make you think where we will be in another 40 years considering the speed of change these days.”
“When you are out there helping a developing community, it can become overwhelming and you start thinking of the other millions of people that don’t have access to healthcare,” says Peplow Ball.
Peplow Ball learnt to live by that sentiment and with that hope while working in Uganda last year for American-based NGO Mama Hope. She was the first Australian to be awarded Mama Hope’s Global Advocate Fellowship, a leadership program for international development workers.
“That thinking doesn’t help anything though, so you need to remember that big changes are always made up of lots and lots of little actions.
During her three-month Ugandan tenure post-graduation last year, Peplow Ball served as the Project Manager of the Suubi Health Centre in Budundo, Uganda.
The Centre is intended to be self-sustaining over time from income generated through the local community centre, construction of which also wrapped up during Peplow Ball’s trip. In addition to overseeing the construction of the centre, a large portion of Peplow Ball’s work was relationship-based, centred on inspiring positive dialogue around healthcare in a traditionally resistant community. Peplow Ball says the experience reaffirmed her passion for women’s empowerment, peacekeeping and sustainable development, as well as the importance of targeted and transparent fundraising activities. She raised $30,000 for her Ugandan project before leaving Australia, and discovered her network was
Suubi's new motorbike ambulance
the direct impact their donations can have instead.” Twenty-five babies were born at Suubi while Peplow Ball lived in Budundo, with a number of these born from complicated labours that may have been unlikely without the Centre. “I would have very difficult days where I was in and out of meetings with politicians and trying to access anti-retroviral drugs for HIV-positive women, then I would return to town for the Suubi staff to run out and tell me a baby had been born and it was like all my worries disappeared for a moment,” says Peplow Ball. Peplow Ball says she still feels as though she has one foot in the community and another in her current location of Melbourne, where she recently began working for Engineers Without Borders.
...big changes are always made up of lots and lots of little actions.
increasingly willing to donate when they saw their funds translate into meaning. “The Suubi staff had flagged with me that women having complications during labour might not be able to walk to the Health Centre, and putting them on the back of a normal motorbike could lead to a miscarriage,” says Peplow Ball. “We found a company in Uganda that made motorbike ambulance pods and people back home couldn’t jump on the cause fast enough. It took only three days to raise $3000 on a crowdfunding platform for a motorbike ambulance which is now a key component of the community. Experiences like this definitely gave me a fresh outlook on fundraising. It's not about begging for money, but showing people
She says it’s an exciting time for social enterprise in Australia though, as a shift is taking place from pure fundraising towards developing innovative and sustainable businesses around issues instead.
“I’m a month into my job at Engineers Without Borders, working in humanitarian engineering for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander communities here and in South East Asia, bridging gaps when it comes to things like water, shelter, hygiene and energy, which is very much in line with my interests and what I was doing in Uganda,” says Peplow Ball. “While it sometimes feels unsustainable, I’m thankful to be passionate about a really long list of things, and still speak to my local Ugandan family and project partners every week to find out how I can keep helping. “I achieved more than I thought I would over there in terms of scope, but these aren’t projects you can just step away from easily.” www.arch.bond.edu.au
A DECADE OF
DOCTORS Since Bond University accepted its first cohort of Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery students in May 2005, 441 doctors have graduated and are now making a difference across the world. Dean of Medicine Professor Peter Jones reflects on the program’s success and developments ahead.
AFTER 10 years of successfully offering the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery, we have been reflecting on the structure and outcomes of the program for our students and the profession. As part of the implementation of a new medical curriculum that commenced in 2013, we hope that the graduates of the new program in 2017 will be eligible for a Bachelor of Medical Studies and Master of Medicine*, still over four years and eight months duration. This development will confirm the medical program as a leader in medical education in Australia. The Bond Medical School cohort is drawn from Australian citizens and permanent residents across Australia and New Zealand. Despite this somewhat restrictive entry requirement, the most striking feature of the medical cohort is just how culturally diverse the student body is. During my welcome oration to students over the past two years, I have asked how many were born overseas, with about 25 per cent raising their hands. I have followed this by asking how many students have at least one parent born overseas. I was surprised to learn about 60 per cent of our student body come from families that are relatively recent arrivals in Australia. The population of Australia has more than trebled since the end of World War II, so it should be no surprise that the majority of Australians come from families that have only recently arrived in this country. Over the last three years, the Faculty has invested heavily in developing an Indigenous curriculum. Graduates will develop a strong understanding of the rich Indigenous heritage we all share, as well as the areas of acute need to help close the gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Earlier this year the medical program’s Indigenous curriculum won the Vice-Chancellor’s Quality Award for Teaching Excellence. The work of Associate Professor Janie Smith was recognised, supported by Indigenous medical doctors Professor Shannon Springer and Dr Brad Murphy. A key
Dr Ferdous Wahab
Dr Louis Guy
STUDYING at Bond
ENTERING unfamiliar territory,
Class of 2005 innovation in this program has been to help students recognise not only the essential elements of Aboriginal culture, but also to appreciate the cultural diversity of their own fellow students. Medical schools across Australia and New Zealand have been encouraged to have a student cohort with an enrolment that reflects a ‘mirror on society’. A key focus for Bond University has been increasing Indigenous student recruitment to and successful completion of degree programs, including in the Faculty of Health. The next step in ensuring the cohort is a true representation of the Australian community is achieving scholarships to support the recruitment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students into the medical program. I am pleased to report that progress is being made and I am looking forward to the day when, as Dean of Medicine, I can welcome our first Indigenous student into the Medical program at Bond University. * Subject to approval of the Board of Directors of the Australian Medical Council and Medical Board of Australia.
University not only provided Dr Ferdous Wahab with an accelerated path to becoming a doctor, it was also where he met his future wife. Wahab graduated from the MBBS program in 2010 and, in October last year, married Dr Salini Manoharan, who graduated from the program in 2012. Wahab aspired to study medicine after watching his father establish a GP office in Bangladesh, and has since secured a position in the Emergency Department (ED) at Gold Coast University Hospital. “It’s a fragmented life unfortunately, but the work is really enjoyable,” he says. “My role in the ED also involves a lot of social work, because you see patients after marital disputes or domestic violence who have nowhere else to go. I wouldn’t say it is true medicine, but it’s fulfilling providing a safe place for people to go.” While many of his former classmates have moved to different specialisations or hospitals, Wahab says he has enjoyed the opportunity to work
with a few of his fellow Bondies. “I liked everyone I did medicine with. I think we still have good connections,” he says. “It’s not easy to keep track of people, but I do see a lot of my classmates around the traps at Gold Coast Hospital and we always have a chat about the old days.” Whenever he returns to Bangladesh, Wahab volunteers his time at the free clinic to treat underprivileged patients. Ultimately, he would like to apply his degree to help people who can’t afford medical treatment. “Medicine is a means to an end to do what I can for the people back home. It’s not easy operating as a doctor there because the system isn’t as well established as it is in Australia. "Doctors can’t work without the support of a hospital network, without theatres, surgeons or allied health. “If there was some way I could modernise the medical system back home in whatever small way I can that would be my goal.”
Class of 2005
Dr Louis Guy took a leap of faith as part of the inaugural cohort to undertake the MBBS at Bond. Guy graduated in 2009 and says it was good timing that led him to the University. “I grew up on the Gold Coast and had always been interested in Bond University, however there was no medical school,” he says. “While I was in high school it was announced that the medical school would open the year after I finished grade 12." Guy now is a registrar in the anaesthetic department at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, training to specialise in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine. He is completing a sub-specialty rotation in obstetric anaesthesia. Following in his father’s footsteps as a doctor, Guy says he found the opportunities in medicine appealing as a career choice. “I was attracted to the fact that while being enjoyable, mentally stimulating and challenging, as a doctor you could make a difference – even for just one person,” he says. "It could also give me the opportunity to travel the world. As a surgeon, dad has practiced in many different countries." While proud to work in a profession that excites him every day, Guy has achieved fulfilment in his personal life as well. “Being a doctor has exceeded my expectations and I am lucky to continue it for the rest of my life. "Being able to do it with my wife, Jasjot Hayer who is a Laws and Commerce graduate of Bond (Class of 2001), and our son by my side make it all even sweeter."
Building a big future HE IS a three-time graduate from Bond University and now co-owns and manages an international award-winning real estate agency that has doubled its turnover over the past two years. Justin Miller achieved a Master of Construction Practice, Master of Building Surveying and Master of Real Estate from Bond - three degrees that Miller says have helped forge him into the successful businessman he is today.
“It was never a case of ‘this is what people do in the industry’, it was a case of ‘this is what I do and this is how the industry is currently operating’. “At Bond, you are always at the forefront of what is going on in the industry.” Miller, who drives the rental and property management business at RE/MAX Regency, says he still has hold of his assignments and course notes and occasionally distributes them to staff members.
Born and bred in South Africa, Miller says one of the highlights of his university experience in Australia was the people.
“There was such a broad base of learning and it is so good to be able to draw on those things,” he says.
“One of the key aspects with Bond and my experience was that we would hear from industry professionals and it wasn’t just a lecturer who does things by the book; we actually heard from industry experts who taught us what they were doing in the industry,” says Miller.
RE/MAX was established in the 1970s and has grown to be the largest real estate company in the world with more than 6500 offices and more than 100,000 agents. In 2014, Miller's Robina-based franchise was ranked number one in transactions
for RE/MAX, selling the most properties in Australia and New Zealand. Miller, together with co-owner and business partner Murray Carter, was then invited to attend the RE/MAX international awards in Las Vegas, where the duo took home the coveted Global Broker Owner of the Year award, beating more than 6500 offices worldwide. “I have always been quite ambitious and I have always seen myself going somewhere,” says Miller. “I would definitely not be the person that I am today if I hadn’t been to Bond; there are definitely things that Bond has set me up for.” Miller and Carter aim to grow the business further with an aim to increase properties under management to more than 1500 while boosting their sales agent team to 100.
Justin Miller’s business philosophy: “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn
Murray Carter (left) and Justin MIller
FINDING THE PERFECT FIT Students and employers alike are maximising a raft of opportunities and benefits by participating in work experience programs on offer at Bond. BOND University students have the opportunity to experience life after graduation through a number of initiatives designed to boost their employability. The Career Development Centre (CDC) on campus facilitates internships and work experience placements for students to gain an invaluable insight into their future career paths. Over the past 18 months, the CDC has shifted gears to ensure students are equipped with practical experience, driven by its Beyond Bond: Professional Development & Community Engagement Program. CDC Director Kirsty Mitchell says research conducted by the University shows that work experience is the best strategy for graduate employment success. “Students need to have some employability broadening across a range of areas from our perspective, and internships and work experience are the most effective method of achieving that,” Mitchell says. “The most critical result that emerges from a student’s experience is that they build confidence, get a real taste of what the work is like to compare theory versus reality and build the relationships that are essential to take them to the next step.
volunteering and career workshops. Bond assumes responsibility for insurance and any potential obstacles encountered by the Fair Work Act. Students can also receive academic credit for a subject by interning at an organisation for 120 hours during the semester, under careful monitoring with an academic advisor and the careers team to resolve any issues and maximise the experience. National Business Development Manager Courtney Martin works with both employers and students to identify opportunities and establish synergy between both parties. She says work experience differs to paid employment in that the student may engage in job shadowing or project work in a team for a few weeks before working autonomously. “That seems to be the best way it works with employers – for students to have some onus on their own work,” Martin says. “At the end of the day, it is an educational and learning experience because it’s often their first insight into their potential career or what their industry looks like.”
“One of the biggest parts of doing a placement is learning about those workplace relationships, being able to work in a team within a professional environment that requires outcomes and getting along with people,” Martin says. Mitchell agrees and says employers can utilise the partnership as a pipeline for future recruitment and to identify talent. “It’s a social good to invest in young people now and help them get more out of their degree,” Mitchell says. “But also on a practical level, businesses have a very big wish-list of tasks they’d like to achieve and can run out of time or resources to do it. “The program is a great way of extending the business. I think some of the work our students do for businesses is phenomenal.” Collaborating with alumni has been a renewed focus for the Career Development Centre, which welcomes any type of engagement with current students. “We would love to work with alumni,” Martin says.
“It allows them to integrate academic learning with the employment experience. So if a student can understand the purpose of the content they’re learning and apply it, it makes the degree far more relevant and interesting.”
The program connects students from all disciplines to a wide range of businesses, from small and medium enterprises to large multinational corporations. Media students have secured opportunities with television networks, while construction students have sought placements with boutique firms and national developers.
“I don’t think there’s a better relationship than a past Bondy working with a current student. Whether it is through the Alumni Mentor Program or an internship offer, they understand where the student is at with their studies and how the semesters can be full-on. To be able to connect with alumni all over the world would be exceptional.”
As a mandatory undergraduate degree requirement, students can partake in service-based learning, industry-related competitions, mentoring programs,
The CDC has experienced growing demand for students with social media and marketing skills, which is heavily integrated into Communications degrees.
Mitchell says interested alumni should contact the centre to find out how they can reconnect with the University and get involved at bond.edu.au/cdc
ADVICE BOND University students are gaining an invaluable insight into the future of their chosen industries through the Alumni Mentor Program. Now in its fifth year, the program pairs existing students with alumni to boost their professional confidence and explore career options. The program accommodates a wide range of fields, including legal, business, marketing, property, medicine, government and international relations. Participants connect regularly throughout the semester, forging a mutually beneficial partnership. Former students have benefited by enhancing their leadership skills, reconnecting with their alma mater, learning about current industry trends and even recruiting interns and employees.
TUSHNA Mehta not only gained a glimpse into the world of brand media management during her mentoring sessions with Angela Pennisi, but also a job opportunity. The Bachelor of Business graduate was invited to apply for a vacant position at Pennisi’s company Spirelight, and following the interview process she secured the role of Content Marketing Consultant. Mehta says studying during her final semester without a job lined up was daunting, and she signed up for the Alumni Mentor Program to seek employment advice.
Alumni Relations Officer Chloe Love says the Alumni Mentor Program has received more engagement this year compared to any other year. “We find a lot of the time the mentees that are students here decide to become mentors once they graduate,” she says. “They’ve had such a positive experience and it has helped them in so many different ways that they want to provide that to another Bond student. “The matching process is very much personalised. A lot of work and thought goes into the process and also supporting those relationships as they move along.” Due to popular demand, Love is working to extend the program and encourages all eligible Bondies to apply at alumni.bond. edu.au/alumni-mentor-program
“The fact that a fellow Bondy could mentor us was really appealing because regardless of your background, experience and differences, we both would have one thing in common,” she says. “I can safely say that participating in this program, having Angela as my mentor and securing a job at her company has been one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.” Mehta and Pennisi exchanged at least one email each week and met a few times throughout the semester, to discuss job skills and current projects at Spirelight.
TECHNOLOGY played a vital role in the partnership as part of the Alumni Mentor Program between Juris Doctor student Yao Han and Brisbane-based barrister Robert Quirk. The pair discussed legal concepts and systems using FaceTime for a more personal touch. Han was also able to email Quirk some of his work to make sure he was on the right track. Han says it was a privilege to have access to an experienced legal mind and has no hesitation in recommending the program to fellow students. “It was a fantastic experience because I had regular contact with my mentor and learnt a lot,” he says. “You feel connected with the law - it’s not like when you just learn something at school. You get to know what your career is going to be like and what your goals are in the future.” Quirk graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws, securing a position as a solicitor in Townsville. After more than a decade, he returned to Brisbane and decided to reestablish ties with the University.
“That’s always been the spirit of the University, to be involved and give back,” he says.
whether they’re suited to the practical factors, like the risks and fast pace of entrepreneurship for example.
Pennisi graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology) and says it was gratifying to help a student make informed career choices.
“I focused a lot on how the everyday work differs from what’s done at university, and on the lifestyle factors you have to consider in choosing a career.
“I was excited to get involved in the program because I believe that it’s invaluable for students to gain an insight into the realities of the industry they’re considering entering,” she says.
“It’s a great opportunity to give back to the university community, and to learn more about your own business or role from the perspective of a current student.”
“The subject matter you learn in class is one thing, but students might not consider
Pennisi says she benefited from the exchange of knowledge and plans to sign up for the program again.
“You gain an understanding of a different legal system as well as a friend. I’ve developed a greater appreciation of the Chinese legal system and his culture as well.” Quirk says he found the structure of the program to be very flexible, and could often reschedule meetings and accommodate any extra sessions. “Ultimately it wasn’t a very big commitment but it was very beneficial for him as a student,” he says.
Quirk says the tight-knit community at Bond resonated with him, particularly as part of an earlier cohort while the University was still growing.
As a small business owner, Pennisi was also able to teach Mehta about her entrepreneurial journey.
Juris Doctor student, Yao Han
“I recommend it as a mentor for both what I got out of it, but also the pleasure of teaching and helping someone else.” Han plans to return to China after he graduates next year to gain some experience in the legal industry.
Mehta says as a business mentor herself she understands the success of the program relies on two-way communication and commitment from both parties. “I believe that having that one person to guide you through such an important stage in your life is so essential for personal development,” she says. “I was worried that I would embarrass myself by asking silly questions, but Angela made me feel really comfortable and encouraged me to keep questioning her on anything that was unclear. I am really lucky to have been paired up with her.” www.arch.bond.edu.au
CLASS NOTES Bond University is proud to have been part of the journey of the below graduates who are forging paths of success and reaping rich rewards in their respective fields. Be inspired by fellow Bondies on the following pages and check out what some of your class mates have achieved. Success stories are grouped according to alumni year.
1995 Emma Salerno graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and is now a qualified Barrister and Solicitor. Emma has a busy schedule, juggling a highprofile law career, running a number of successful businesses, strategic executive coaching and her Australian Defence Force commitments as a Captain in the Australian Army Legal Corp (Reserves). She co-owns
numerous companies that specialise in corporate coaching and programs that ‘harmonise the human element’ in the work place and family dynamic. She also runs her own legal firm Salerno Law in Western Australia. In her down time, Emma chases after bulls around El Questro Wilderness Park – a cattle station in the Kimberley region.
1998 Romina Narang established her own artisanal healthy gourmet bakery in California, called Light and Healthy Desserts. She specialises in creating desserts made with fresh, natural, wholesome and premiumquality ingredients, which are not only good for you but delicious as well. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons.
ALUMNI 2001 Matteo Salerno graduated in Law with honours and now runs Salerno Law Barristers and Solicitors in Western Australia. Matteo is also a Captain in the Australian Army and qualified Helicopter and Fixed Wing Pilot. He is busy launching and facilitating Outback Advance Adventure programs in the Kimberley region. In his spare time, Matteo is the mustering helicopter pilot for his family-owned cattle station El Questro Wilderness Park.
2002 Kirsten Bodenstedt and her husband Colin Doncaster were nominated for an Academy Scientific & Technical Award this year. Known as the SciTech Oscars, their company Peregine Labs was pipped to the post for the trophy. The Master of Film Producing graduate says she is proud to have even been considered for the honour. The company is based in Canada and is considered a leader in visual effects, animation and digital production in the film industry.
2002 Laurent Corgnet was at the helm of an international franchising group based in the US for four years. After leaving his role as CEO, Laurent returned to Australia last year. The Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce graduate has established his own law firm on the Gold Coast. Albatross Lawyers specialises in migration and visas, franchising and commercial matters, with representative offices in the UK, US and Japan.
Jacques Marais completed a Bachelor of Sports Management, followed by his Masters degree. A passion for entrepreneurship and education motivated him to start his company Advance Coaching. The business aims to help professionals and entrepreneurs expand their enterprises by implementing Jacquesâ€™ long-term strategies and program, Three60 Sales Mastery for Entrepreneurs. His vision is to create the best communicators and sales professionals in the world.
2003 Arpana Bothra tied the knot with fellow Bondy Timothy Laird in March this year. The wedding was held in Sydneyâ€™s Lower North Shore, where the couple first met. Arpana and Timothy returned to the Gold Coast after living in Sydney and Canberra for three years. Arpana has notched up an impressive academic career, with degrees in marketing, journalism, business and IT from Bond. She has been working in digital marketing and communications for more than 10 years.
2005 Adrien De Sousa met Solveig Frostad while studying at Bond and married in July last year. The couple have relocated from Europe to Singapore. Adrien is Head of Aluminium Trading in Asia of Mitsubishi Corporation RtM, while Solveig works as a shipping lawyer.
Kathleen Simpson graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and works as a Solicitor at Evans Lawyers on the Gold Coast. She specialises in family law and litigation. Michael Truce has practiced as a Lawyer across Queensland and Western Australia since graduating at Bond. He has completed a diverse range of work, including crossborder infrastructure development, major mergers and acquisitions transactions and Australian gas and property projects. This has encompassed the energy and resources sector, as well as the commercial and property field. Michael has also produced a documentary and reality TV program about the transfer of AFL players to the NFL. He is now Associate Director of Indigo Property Group, a privately owned group with diversified interests and experience in all property sectors. The company has a completed project portfolio worth more than $2 billion.
2005 Chris Ramsay was recently promoted to Senior Counsel Litigation at The Great-West Life Assurance Company. However his highlight since graduating with a Master of Laws was marrying his best friend Sarah MacTavish earlier this year. The couple wed on a secluded beach overlooking Sydney Harbour, surrounded by fellow Bondies Jonas Beard, Matthew Beecher and Damin Murdock.
2007 Meagan Dalby and her husband Tim celebrated the birth of their daughter Charlotte in March last year. Earlier this year, Meagan accepted a new position as a Foreign Service Officer with Citizen and Immigration Canada. She expects to be sent on her first foreign diplomatic posting in 2016. Marcus Vogt completed his Masters in Information Technology in 2008, and returned the following year to complete his PhD. After a brief stint as a postdoctoral researcher, he commenced a career as a Professor in Information Systems at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Germany. Marcus is also the Head of the International Management of Business and Information Technology program.
2008 Larissa Morozow married fellow Bond student Andrzej Meysner in October last year. The couple are living and working together in Perth. Larissa has secured a position as a Clinical Psychologist, while Andrzej works as a Solicitor.
2008 Michaela Camenzind has recently been promoted to Major General Staff in the Swiss Army, after serving more than 800 days in militia service. Michaela also had to complete eight intensive weeks of General Staff training to secure the role. Sophia Lazarides graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and has spent the past four years working as a Journalist across newspapers, TV and radio. She found her niche as a Newsreader for NOVA 100 in Melbourne, as part of the popular drive team. Sophia lives with her partner and fellow Bondy, Andrew Lahey, who works as an Analyst at Macquarie Capital. Yi Lin now lives in Suzhou in China and works as a Financial Advisor at a wealth management firm.
2009 Jenita Kamania completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Bond, before relocating to Victoria. Jenita is currently in her final year of a Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Melbourne. She is completing research in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology at Royal Womenâ€™s Hospital, as part of her studies. Jenita hopes to secure a medical internship in the state to commence her medical career.
ALUMNI 2009 Seal Nulliah graduated with a Juris Doctor in Bond Law in 2011. Since then, Seal has married, relocated to a new city and become Managing Partner at his firm in Canada. He still likes to keep in touch with many of the great friends he made during his time at Bond.
2010 Paul Rossouw completed a Master of Accounting, which led to a graduate position in the Australian Public Service. His expertise has kickstarted a career at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra. Paul’s department has been recognised for its efforts in achieving workplace diversity with a Secretary’s Excellence Award. Paul reflects on his time at Bond fondly, and says it was a fantastic experience. “I established good friendships with inspiring people and relished the student lifestyle that Bond offers,” he says.
2010 Sarah Cobourn completed a Masters degree at Bond and followed with her PhD at the Centre for Corporate Governance at the University of Technology in Sydney. Sarah’s thesis was an international investigation focused on the evolution of corporate social responsibility towards creating shared economic and societal value as a business strategy. She currently works for Hitachi managing their Social Innovation Business across Oceania.
2010 Larissa Rose has been consulting and working alongside The Hon. Bob Katter MP, Robbie Katter MP and Shane Knuth MP from the Katter Australian Party in regards to the significance of an ethanol mandate in Queensland. Her role also involves working with various biofuel industry bodies and stakeholders to promote the path forward for biofuels for Australia and teaching environmental and sustainable education programs in local Gold Coast primary schools.
2011 Raquel Ness is honoured to be part of the first cohort of the Law Practice Program. She is currently completing her placement at Lewis Downey Tornosky Lassaline & Timpano in Canada. Raquel is anticipating her call to the bar this year. She resides in Ontario with her 'own Australian souvenir' – her partner. She continues to champion Bond University as an advocate and ambassador for the legal professional privilege.
2012 Geordi Avila is fresh out of University and has already secured a position she loves. The Bachelor of Multimedia Design (Production) graduate relocated to Sydney to work in live television at Sky News Australia. Stewart Hazelton completed a Post Graduate Diploma of Counselling and has since assumed the role of Emergency Response Fund Coordinator at FSG Australia. Stewart was responsible for redesigning the entire funding assessment model for the organisation. He has now returned to Bond to study medicine, with the dream of graduating as a Doctor and practicing in rural-remote areas.
2010 Jerome Rault held several midsenior-level management positions in sales and marketing, before launching the Romey mobile app and website. Romey refashions the modelling and photography industries by introducing real-time connectivity in a safe community format. Jerome says it’s like Tinder for models and photographers, or AirBnB for talent agents and bookers. The company hosts launch events in major cities across the world, and Bondies are invited to attend by signing up to the Romey mailing list.
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