Bond University celebrates 25th Anniversary this week
Australia’s first and only fully private university, Bond University on the Gold Coast celebrates its 25th Anniversary this week with a program of activities involving alumni from around the globe.
Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, said the 25th Anniversary was a significant milestone for the university, which has grown to more than 4,000 students and 1,000 employees since its opening.
“Bond University was seen initially as an oddity by the higher education sector when it first launched in 1989 and it would be fair to say there was an element of skepticism about its ability to grow, but that time has long passed,” said Professor Brailsford.
“Bond University is now highly regarded internationally with Bond graduates in senior positions across a range of disciplines both in Australia and around the world.
“We have established a reputation which is the envy of many higher education institutions and the university is primed for significant growth and further development over the next twenty-five years.”
Professor Brailsford said Bond’s success owes much to the vision, drive and passion of a dedicated and energetic group of business and community figures who believed that the Gold Coast needed its own university.
He said the entrepreneurial spirit and “have a go attitude” that is synonymous with the Gold Coast overall sowed the seeds for the university and has been part of its DNA since the outset.
“Innovation and entrepreneurship have been the hallmarks of our success over the past two and a half decades, and Bond University has matured, proven itself and defied the critics of its early days. We are now firmly established and respected by our peers,” he said. “We have created an environment which attracts ambitious and driven people both at a student and academic staff level—it is one of our points of difference.”
Bond has led the sector in innovation which includes the accelerated learning model, commitment to small-group learning and personal mentoring, international diversity, cutting-edge facilities, quality teaching faculty and continual innovation in the development of new programs.
The university has a packed week of activities and events this week leading up to the 25th Anniversary Gala Ball on Saturday night (May 17) at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The university’s namesake, Alan Bond, will be a guest at the Gala Ball which looks set to host around 1,000 guests including alumni from all corners of the world.
Homecoming – Bond Community Day will be held on Friday, May 16 with a variety of activities ranging from a Business Leaders Breakfast to sports events and university tours.
Bond University 25th Anniversary Scholarships
In order to fully acknowledge Bond University’s 25th Anniversary, scholarships have been created as a celebration of the university’s commitment to fostering the development of students from around the globe for the last 25 years. The Bond University’s 25th Anniversary scholarships are valued at 25% off the tuition fees for any single undergraduate degree program or a master’s coursework degree program.
For instance, Canadian students interested in beginning either the Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws programs for the 2014 intake at Bond Law School are eligible for the Bond 25th Anniversary Scholarships!
For 2014 September semester entry, applications will close on June 16, 2014. Interested applicants will need to submit an application via the OzTREKK office to get the process started. We will then guide you through the entire application process to ensure your application is complete and eligible for assessment.
Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Next intake: September 2014
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Students from Canada should apply at least three months prior to the beginning of the program, particularly if you are seeking entry for a September intake.