Bond University

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Bond University
Bond University Coat of Arms.png
Coat of Arms of the Bond University
Motto Forever Learning
Established 1987
Type Private, not-for-profit
Chancellor Helen Nugent, AO[1]
Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Brailsford[2]
Undergraduates app. 2,900 students
Postgraduates app. 1,200 students
Location Robina, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Campus Suburban
Bond University

The Bond University is a private not-for-profit university located in Robina, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.


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 Alan Bond, the founder and Chairman of Bond Corporation.[3] In 1987, the Parliament of Queensland granted it university status via the passage of the Bond University Act.[4] The University commenced teaching in May 1989 with an initial intake of 322 students.[5]

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[edit]

University rankings
QS[6] 380

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.[7][8] Bond was also the highest rating Australian university in the Good Universities Guide in 2007 [9] and 2009,[10] and received an equal second-highest rating in 2008 [11] and 2010.[12]

The University was ranked equal 31st in the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings which assessed Australian universities' research activity and quality.[13] 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.[14] 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.[14]

According to the Australian Financial Review's most recent Boss MBA Rankings (2013), Bond ranked #1 for student satisfaction and among the top 5 MBAs and top 3 Executive MBAs in Australia.

Students representing the University’s Faculty of Law won four international mooting competitions in the period April 2011 – February 2012:

  • The International Criminal Court Moot, The Hague, Netherlands (April, 2011) [15]
  • The Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Hong Kong (April, 2011)[16]
  • The Beijing Foreign Studies University Cup Moot Court Competition, China (June, 2011)[17]
  • The D.M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition, India (February, 2012)[18]

Campus and facilities[edit]

Arch building

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.

Bond University at Sunset

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[19] 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.[20]

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.[21][22]
  • 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.[23][24]
  • The ADCO Amphitheatre - an outdoor amphitheatre and Alumni Court sponsored by ADCO Constructions - opened in September, 2009.[25]
  • The Macquarie Trading Room, opened by the Hon Anna Bligh in May, 2007, providing students with a simulated trading environment, including live ticker screens and market data from 18 Bloomberg terminals.[26]

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.[27][28]

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.[29]

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.[30]


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.[31]

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.[32]

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.[33]

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.[34]

Academic faculties and institutes[edit]

  • Faculty of Business
  • Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
    • School of Health Sciences
    • School of Medicine
  • Faculty of Society & Design
    • School of Sustainable Development
    • Abedian School of Architecture
  • Faculty of Law

Also part of the Bond University campus is Bond College – offering university pathway programs[35] – 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.[36]

Research centres[edit]

Bond University has established a number of interdisciplinary University Research Centres.

  • Centre for Actuarial and Financial Big Data Analytics
  • 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


Sports teams in national and state-level competitions based at Bond include the Queensland Country team that plays in the National Rugby Championship,[37] 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.[38]

Facilities on campus include:[39]

  • 50 metre Olympic Waveless Swimming Pool
  • Beach Volleyball Court
  • Boxing Circuit Training Room
  • Golf and Cricket Practice Nets
  • Rugby & Soccer Fields
  • Sauna and Spa
  • TRX Suspension Training 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.[40] Bond University was named the overall champions at the 2011 Northern University Games (NUG) in July 2011,[41][42] and went on to be named 2011 Australian University Sport Per Capita Champions at the Australian University Games in December 2011.[43][44]

High school competitions[edit]

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.[45]

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.[46]

Notable people[edit]

The current and seventh Chancellor of the University since 2009 is Helen Nugent, AO, a company director and academic.[1] The current Vice-Chancellor and President of the university since January 2012 is Professor Tim Brailsford.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Healy, Guy (10 March 2009). "Helen Nugent named chancellor at Bond". The Australian. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b A new era begins at Bond University
  3. ^ Barry, Paul (5 June 2015). Alan Bond: Paul Barry on the life and times of the controversial tycoon. Interview with Peter Ryan. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 13 June 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  4. ^ AustLII (2008). Bond University Act 1987. Retrieved 15 March 2008.
  5. ^ History | Introducing Bond | Bond University | Gold Coast, Australia. (1989-05-15). Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  6. ^ "QS World University Rankings® 2015/16". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
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  8. ^ 2011 | News & Events | Bond University | Gold Coast, Australia. (2011-08-17). Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  9. ^ Bond University rated best in Australia Visitor Information | | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. (2007-08-15). Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  10. ^ News | News & Events | Bond University | Gold Coast, Australia. (2009-08-14). Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  11. ^ Bond University gains top award Local Gold Coast News | | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. (2008-08-04). Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  12. ^ News | News & Events | Bond University | Gold Coast, Australia. (2010-08-16). Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  13. ^ "Elite eight head university research ratings". The Australian. 31 January 2011. 
  14. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  15. ^ [2]
  16. ^ Business Acumen Magazine - Double legal triumph for Bond University teams. Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  17. ^ "Bond makes point in China". Daily News. 
  18. ^ Bond on mooting winning streak - News. (2012-02-21). Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  19. ^ Official opening of the Bond University Mirvac Centre for Sustainable Development | Ministers' Media Centre. (2008-08-11). Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  20. ^ Bond University achieves first 6 Star Green Star - Education PILOT rating - Industry news - Green Building Council Australia. GBCA. Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  21. ^ Governor-General opens Bond extension Local Gold Coast News | | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. (2011-03-11). Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  22. ^ 2011 | Faculty of Law | Bond University | Gold Coast, Australia. (2011-03-15). Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  23. ^ "Profile: Neil Balnaves". The Sydney Morning Herald. 24 February 2010. 
  24. ^ News | News & Events | Bond University | Gold Coast, Australia. (2010-03-01). Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  25. ^ News | News & Events | Bond University | Gold Coast, Australia. (2009-09-21). Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  26. ^ Macquarie Trading Room (About) | Faculty of Business | Bond University | Gold Coast, Australia. Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  27. ^ "". The Age (Melbourne). 
  28. ^ Anatomy & Histology Labs | Facilities & Services | Bond University | Gold Coast, Australia. Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  29. ^ Bond University to bring in 'new era' of Coast architects - News. Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  30. ^ "Accommodation and Dining Plan". Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  31. ^ "Giving to Bond". Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
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  34. ^ "Academic Senate". Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  35. ^ "Gold Coast Bulletin". Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  36. ^ "Bond University Library". Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  37. ^ "Fixtures draw". Australian Rugby. 16 July 2014. Archived from the original on 16 July 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  38. ^ "Bond University Bullsharks". Australian University Sport. 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  39. ^ "Facilities". Bond University. 2014. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
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  41. ^ "NUG11 Results". Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
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  43. ^ "AUS Overall Champion". Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
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  46. ^ "Faculty of Society & Design Competitions". Retrieved 17 July 2015. 

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Coordinates: 28°04′26.34″S 153°24′59.36″E / 28.0739833°S 153.4164889°E / -28.0739833; 153.4164889