December 2011 News on Campus @ Bond University


Bond University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) is one of the top MBA programs in Australia according to the 2011 Financial Review BOSS MBA rankings. The Bond MBA, offered through the Bond Business School, ranks eighth on the list of 19 featured MBA programs.

Bond University Dean of the Faculty of Business, Professor Mark Hirst says the University’s small class sizes and personalised approach attributed to this success. “Much of the student feedback centred on our class sizes, our internationally diverse student groups, first-class academics and excellent teaching,” said Professor Hirst. “Of course, our fantastic location and facilities has a lot to do with the result as well.” “We are very proud of the results which reflect our ongoing mission to make the Bond MBA a globally recognised qualification.” The 2011 Financial Review BOSS MBA survey ranks Australia’s top MBA programs based on a survey of alumni plus data from a questionnaire sent to participating business schools.

The rankings also placed Bond University’s program second in the ‘most satisfied with school' category, a true testament to the student experience, according to Bond University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Stable. “The results of these rankings demonstrate the value of a Bond MBA,” said Professor Stable. “With leading academics in both leadership and management and a course structure conducive to creating corporate leaders, the most satisfied with school ranking speaks for itself.”

About the 2011 Financial Review BOSS MBA rankings:
Financial Review BOSS conducts its rankings of Australian MBA programs every two years. Research for the 2011 rankings was conducted by Financial Review Business Intelligence, based on data collected from April to August 2011. Results are based on two components. An alumni survey, worth 55 per cent, is based on satisfaction, improvement and value for money. A school score accounts for the remaining 45 per cent. In keeping with other international rankings, criteria includes accreditations, entry requirements and faculty qualifications, with an emphasis on academic degrees, current business experience of faculty, and research.

More than 1600 alumni who completed their MBA degrees in 2008, 2009 and 2010 completed the survey. Just over half of all respondents were in their 30s when they finished their MBA. Twenty-one schools participated in the survey; 19 made it into the rankings.

Interested in the Bond MBA program? contact Rob Field your local Bond rep.

The School of Information Technology is continually refining its offerings to ensure they are in line with the demand for graduates with skills in new technologies. In response to market demand and recent industry developments, the School has implemented a specialist study area in cloud computing, called Infrastructure.

With computer power becoming inexpensive, technologies such as cloud computing infrastructure and virtualisation are becoming popular as consumers of IT services are no longer bound to the need to acquire and support specific hardware implementation but instead access these ‘on-demand’ from a networked service provider.

Students within the School of Information Technology have the option of studying Infrastructure at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. To find out more about the areas of study contact Rob Field (details at the top of the page)

POST-STUDY WORK VISA - Opportunities for graduates to work in Australia
Australia will introduce a work visa for international students who have graduated from Australian universities. Students graduating with a bachelor's or master's by coursework degree will be eligible for a two-year work visa and students graduating with a master's by research or PhD will be eligible to work up to four years. Read more about the visa changes on theAustralian Iimmigration Department website

Top 5 things you can do for your own career in the New Year

1. Create a personal vision for 2012.
Rather than setting a list of goals, develop a vision and identify how to achieve it. “Think, ‘okay, what’s the first step?’ That’s the first goal. When you’ve done that, reassess the vision and make a second goal,” Abrahams says.

2. Stand out from your colleagues by asking questions.
This shows that you are interested and thinking critically, which are important if you are hoping for a promotion in 2012.

3. Be on the ‘cutting edge’.
“Individuals who want to further their careers should undertake appropriate education and training, be willing to take on challenging or demanding assignments,” Eslake says.

4. Focus on your strengths.
Increase job satisfaction by concentrating on what you excel at. According to Abrahams, “There should be less focus on what pays the most and more focus on what you’re good at”.

5. Engage the right side of your brain.
According to Abrahams, people use the left side of their brain most often, which deals with analytical information. This leaves the right side of the brain, which deals with creativity, largely untapped. Take up a creative hobby and unlock a new world of problem solving.

On Wednesday, November 30, the Semester Study Abroad and Exchange team hosted the 11-3 Study Abroad and Exchange Farewell with 180 students in the Princeton Room. Professor Raoul Mortley welcomed the students to the event and thanked them for adding international diversity into classes and enriching campus life through discussions in lectures and tutorials. The Student Philanthropy Council was also present, selling Bond University merchandise to the international students at discounted prices, which turned out to be a great success. Graduate Guides and information on International Scholarships was also available to students who had an interest in returning to complete their graduate studies here at Bond University.


Bond University has once again triumphed in the sporting arena, taking out the 2011 Australian University Sport Per Capita champions title.

Beating competitor universities including the University of Queensland, Monash and the University of Western Australia, Bond walks away with 2011 Championship for their performance at the Australian University Games and Championship events.

Bond University Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Professor Robert Stable praised the student involvement saying it is a true testament to the Bond student spirit. “This is an exciting achievement for the Bond University sporting teams and shows the rich diversity within the sports offered at Bond while also demonstrating the great sense of community our students have,” said Professor Stable.

More than 250 Bondies joined students across the nation participating in a wide range of sports including basketball, athletics, skiing and beach volleyball throughout the year.

Bond University Campus Life Coordinator Jackie Heffernan attributed the Bondy Bullsharks’ success to their dedicated training regime and organisation. “It really came down to the devotion of the students; the team captains put a lot of sweat into training and getting the teams ready for the competitions,” explained Jackie. “This has paid off with the Bond team boasting four gold medals, five silver medals and six bronze medals from the Australian University Games held earlier this year.” The students played their respective sports dressed in their newly launched sports uniforms, courtesy of Canterbury and Vachie, showing off their blue and gold colours with pride.

The students will now ramp up their training to take on the rival regional universities at the Northern University Games in Lismore next July. The Australian University Games will be held in Adelaide in September 2012.

For students wanting to climb the corporate ladder the differences between business and commerce can be confusing. In reality the differences are vast and it’s important to ensure students make the right decision. The below information will explain the type of themes students will study in either degree and outlines what sort of career pathways can be followed.

Business – The Management Game
If you are a people person and a natural born leader then business might be the best fit for you. You can follow the path of some of our nation’s greatest corporate leaders with a degree in business specialising in a variety of areas including management, marketing, international business and even entrepreneurship.

To succeed in business you need to have perseverance and be outcomes focused, entrepreneurial and self-confident. If this sounds like your type of personality then your potential could lead you to be the next CEO of a multinational corporation or working on your entrepreneurial dream.

Career outcomes for Bachelor of Business students include:
· Business management
· Marketing
· Advertising
· Brand and product management
· Communications and information management
· Market research
· Strategic planning

Commerce – The Money Game

A Bachelor of Commerce is a degree that teaches you to crunch numbers and sustain a healthy bottom line. If you want to bank on being the world’s leading business analyst or compare budget notes with political leaders then commerce is the degree for you. You can choose your future with a specialisation in finance, accounting or economics.

Commerce students are introduced to many qualitative methods and this degree contains a range of high level finance subjects. In plain English, this means if you plan to be at the forefront of brokering deals or ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock exchange – you’ll be prepared.

To succeed in commerce you need to be analytical and have a good grasp on numbers. Our commerce graduates have gone on to work for multinational companies and banks including Credit Suisse, JP Morgan, Macquarie Capital and Morgan Stanley, just to name a few.

For further information about our business and commerce programs contact Rob Field (contact details at the top of the page)

December and January is summer time in Australia, here are a list of events coming this summer

Kellogg's Nutrigrain IronMan and IronWoman Series
Surfers Paradise beach this year plays host to Round 1 of the Kellogg's Nutrigrain IronMan and IronWoman series, one of the world's most grueling physical contests. Spectators will be treated to the on-wave rivalry of Surfers Paradise brothers Shannon and Caine Eckstein. So grab the kids and head to the Gold Coast for a day of family fun.

Gold Coast United Vs Brisbane Roar (Soccer)
Come support your team this Boxing Day at Skilled Park as the cross town rivalry comes to boiling point, when the Gold Coast United take on the Brisbane Roar in the M1 Derby. After compiling a fresh mix of overseas recruits and promising youth, United Head Coach Miron Bleiberg will unleash a new-look side. Be there to see all the action live.

BMW Magic Millions
This summer be a part of the most anticipated racing event of the year as the 2012 BMW Magic Millions Carnival bedazzles the Gold Coast. The scintillating glamor and heart-pounding thrill of Queensland's richest race makes this year's event the hottest tickets around. Start planning your style including race day outfit

more to come.....

The finalists in the annual Bond University Film and Television Awards have been announced with the winners to be presented at a gala dinner. The nation’s most significant short film competition for high school students attracted almost double the amount of entries from 2010 with films ranging from comedy to drama and documentary to animation.

Director of Film and Television at Bond University Associate Professor Michael Sergi said, “As a university film school, we think it is very important we encourage and acknowledge the efforts of these dynamic young filmmakers.

“BUFTA motivates them, gives them a goal to aim for and helps them to believe achieving their dreams is possible,” said Associate Professor Sergi.

Students were required to enter an original short-film in one of six categories: Animation; Drama; Documentary; Experimental; Comedy and Music Video. They could also be nominated for a Craft Award recognising technical skills such as screenwriting, directing, cinematography, editing and sound design.

Many of the young filmmakers have their sights set on the fiercely contested Award for Best Overall Filmmaker and the prize of a full tuition scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond University.

The 2010 top gong was taken out by Joshua Beattie from the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries who created a moving drama piece To Claire; From Sonny and who will start his studies at Bond in 2012.

Associate Professor Sergi said this year’s entries were again of an exceptionally high standard and showed a diverse range of initiative and creativity. “It was exciting receiving so many quality films this year,” said Associate Professor Sergi. “The judging panel had a tough job deciding who the winners were, and we are proud of each of the finalists.”