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Coat of Arms of the Bond University
|Chancellor||Helen Nugent, AO|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Tim Brailsford|
|Undergraduates||app. 2,900 students|
|Postgraduates||app. 1,200 students|
|Location||Robina, Gold Coast, Queensland,
The Bond University is a private not-for-profit university located in Robina, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It is one of the most popular academic institutions in all of Australia for Americans to spent a semester studying abroad.
The Bond University was established in 1987 when the Parliament of Queensland granted it university status via the passage of the Bond University Act. The University commenced teaching in May 1989 with an initial intake of 322 students.
The University was established and its development funded via a joint venture between Bond Corporation in Australia and the Japanese entity, EIE, at the initiative of subsequently convicted corporate criminal Alan Bond, the founder and Chairman of Bond Corporation. (Bond Corporation had been involved in the so-called WA Inc scandal between 1983 and 1987 in which the Western Australian Government lost over $877 million in corrupt business deals, and in 1988 Alan Bond siphoned $1.2 billion from Bell Resources into Bond Corporation coffers in just nine months).
In 1991, EIE acquired Bond Corporation's share of the project and the development lands and the campus were subsequently passed into the control of a receiver/manager, acting for the principal creditor of EIE.
The campus was acquired by Bond University Ltd in its own right in August 1998.
Ratings and performance
In the independent 2012 Good Universities Guide Bond University is the highest rating Australian university, receiving the maximum five stars across the most key performance indicators. Bond was also the highest rating Australian university in the Good Universities Guide in 2007  and 2009, and received an equal second-highest rating in 2008  and 2010.
Bond University is not ranked within the top 500 world universities, according to Shanghai Jiao Tong's Academic Ranking of World Universities.
The University was ranked equal 31st in the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings which assessed Australian universities' research activity and quality. The 2010 ERA report ranked the Bond University Faculty of Business as world standard in the research field of Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services, placing Bond in the top 10 universities in Australia. The Faculty also achieved above world standing for research in the business and management sub-category, and a world standard ranking in the economics field.
Students representing the University’s Faculty of Law won four international mooting competitions in the period April 2011 – February 2012:
- The International Criminal Court Trial Competition, The Hague, Netherlands (April, 2011) 
- The Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Hong Kong (April, 2011)
- The Beijing Foreign Studies University Cup Moot Court Competition, China (June, 2011)
- The D.M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition, India (February, 2012)
Campus and facilities
The Bond University campus was conceived and developed by master planner Daryl Jackson of Jackson Architecture with significant input from Queensland architect Robin Gibson. The signature Arch building was designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.
The campus features a series of Faculty sandstone buildings centered around man-made Lake Orr. In 2008, the Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development Building was officially opened by the Hon. Julia Gillard and was the first in Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Star – Education PILOT Certified Rating for design by the Green Building Council of Australia.
Other recent additions to the campus facilities include:
- An $8.4million extension to the Legal Skills Centre, situated within the Law Faculty; officially opened by Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, in March 2011.
- The Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre, named in honour of University benefactor, Dr Neil Balnaves, AO – a $3.4million technology-rich student facility opened in March 2010.
- The ADCO Amphitheatre - an outdoor amphitheatre and Alumni Court sponsored by ADCO Constructions - opened in September, 2009.
- The Macquarie Trading Room, opened by the Hon Anna Bligh in May, 2007, providing finance and business students with a simulated trading environment.
In 2006, Prime Minister John Howard opened the $20 million Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine building (though the first intake of students started in May 2005), housing a complete set of lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, specialised clinical rooms and laboratories. A brand new purpose-built anatomy laboratory was added in 2010. The Medical program is also the most expensive degree in Australia.
Construction is currently underway on the $16.2 million Soheil Abedian School of Architecture building that will sit adjacent to the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development building.
The 48-hectare campus also includes a Sports and Recreation Centre, with Olympic-size swimming pool, gymnasium, multi-purpose sports hall, squash/tennis/beach volleyball courts, and rugby/soccer fields.
It is serviced by TransLink bus routes and bike paths, with buses also running between the campus and Varsity Lakes and Robina railway stations, and to the Gold Coast shopping centres Robina Town Centre and Pacific Fair.
Bond offers private or shared accommodation on-campus and provides accommodation services for those seeking off-campus accommodation.
Bond University Ltd is subject to the provisions of the Corporations Act (Cwlth) 2001 and is a not-for profit company which reinvests any surplus income back into the development of the University.
Governance Bond University's governance structure includes a Board of Directors (the University Council) and a membership of 30 members drawn from various stakeholder groups, the largest of which is the alumni of the University.
The Council is empowered under the Bond University Act (Qld 1987–1989) to oversee the operational performance and to set the strategic direction of the University.
The Chief Executive Officer of the University, the Vice-Chancellor, is in turn responsible to the University Council. The peak academic body of the University, the Academic Senate, which is provided for in the Constitution of the Company, is an advisory body to the Vice-Chancellor on matters relating to the academic activity of the University.
Academic faculties and institutes
- Faculty of Business
- Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
- School of Health Sciences
- School of Medicine
- Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
- Faculty of Law
- Institute of Sustainable Development & Architecture
- School of Sustainable Development
- The Soheil Abedian School of Architecture
Also part of the Bond University campus is Bond College – offering university pathway programs – and the Bond University English Language Institute.
The John and Alison Kearney Library services the University in two locations on campus, the Main Library and the Law Library.
Bond University has established a number of interdisciplinary University Research Centres.
- Centre for Applied Research in Learning, Engagement, Andragogy and Pedagogy (LEAP)
- Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences
- Centre for Health Informatics
- Centre for Law, Governance and Public Policy
- Centre for Research in Evidence-based Practice
- Centre for Sustainable Healthy Communities
- Clem Jones Research Centre for Stem Cells & Tissue Regenerative Therapies
The Bond University Sports Precinct includes playing fields for Rugby union, Australian rules football, and soccer as well as volleyball, tennis and squash courts and practice nets for cricket and golf.
Sports teams in national and state-level competitions based at Bond include the Queensland Country team that plays in the National Rugby Championship, the Bond University Breakers rugby club that plays in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition, and the Bond University Bullsharks club that plays in the QAFA competition.
Facilities on campus include:
- 50 metre Olympic Waveless Swimming Pool
- Beach Volleyball Court
- Boxing Circuit Training Room
- Golf and Cricket Practice Nets
- Rugby & Soccer Fields
- Sauna and Spa
- Spinning Studio
- Sports Hall
- Squash Courts
- Tennis Courts
- Weights Room
The Bond University Student Association (colloquially referred to as BUSA) is the supervising body for sport at the University. It is the advisory body to almost 30 sports clubs on campus and assists with the University's participation in intervarsity sport on a regional and national level. Bond University was named the overall champions at the 2011 Northern University Games (NUG) in July 2011, and went on to be named 2011 Australian University Sport Per Capita Champions at the Australian University Games in December 2011.
High school competitions
High School Mooting Competition The Bond University Faculty of Law conducts an annual mooting competition involving student representatives from secondary schools around Australia. The competition has expanded from eight schools in its inaugural year of 1989 to current numbers of well over 120 schools. It is the only national competition of its type.
Bond University Film and Television Awards The Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA) is a short film competition open to any year 11 or 12 secondary school student in Australia.
The current and seventh Chancellor of the University since 2009 is Helen Nugent, AO, a company director and academic. The current Vice-Chancellor and President of the university since January 2012 is Professor Tim Brailsford.
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