January 2012 News on Campus @ Bond University


Former Gold Coast high school teacher and Bond University representative, Shilo Mahoney, has won Australia’s premier new venture competition – the 2011 John Heine Entrepreneurial Challenge – held in Brisbane over two days earlier last month.

Competing against teams from Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, Melbourne’s RMIT, University of NSW, Swinburne and the University of Adelaide, the EMBA graduate impressed a judging panel comprising some of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs with his business case for an international education institute.

Shilo’s prize purse included $10,000 in seed funding for his new venture and $15,000 to cover the cost of his travel to Texas in 2012 to compete in the international Venture Labs Investment Competition (formerly Moot Corp).

“It was a very unexpected win,” said Shilo, who is currently Sales and Marketing Manager for his family’s Brisbane-based construction company. “Putting my pitch together for the Robertson International Academy was a really intensive process that required compiling detailed plans for the fund sourcing, establishment, financial and operational aspects of the concept, as well as a 60-second video presentation and a showcase display.

“The other teams put forward some really outstanding proposals and I was hoping to make the top three, so I was thrilled to be named the overall winner in such a competitive field.” The John Heine Entrepreneurial Challenge is an Australia-wide competition for university-based teams, designed to increase the success rate of new ventures and encourage young entrepreneurs.

Candidates are required to prepare a bona fide business plan which they then have the opportunity to present to a panel of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and CEOs. “Just going through the process of preparing an entry is a defining moment for business students,” said Shilo’s Academic Advisor and competition mentor, Assistant Professor Baden U’Ren from Bond University. “It focuses their efforts on putting a solid structure around their business idea, enabling them to transform the concept into reality.

“Bond Business students have notched up an impressive record of success as a result of the John Heine Entrepreneurial Challenge, with three of our previous entries now operating as fully fledged businesses, including Cleanspray which won in 2007.” For Shilo, the two days of John Heine presentation were also a key networking opportunity.

“You’re mixing with a group of people that you wouldn’t otherwise meet: The other candidates who have plans to start their own businesses and the high profile judges who are all leaders in their respective industries,” he said. “Those contacts will be invaluable as I move into the next phase of seeking out investors to establish the Robertson International Academy.”

Having taught at St Stephens College on the Gold Coast for several years, Shilo was inspired to enrol in Bond University’s Executive MBA by his father’s enthusiasm and success in running Mahoney Constructions for almost 30 years. The flexible delivery structure of Bond’s EMBA program allowed Shilo to continue teaching while studying but, mid-way through the course, he decided to join his father in the family business. “It was really satisfying to see how the knowledge and skills I was acquiring at Bond could be immediately applied to help our business,” he said.

Shilo’s winning venture combines those newly-gained business skills with his in-depth knowledge of the education field. The Robertson International Academy would fill a significant gap in the market by providing International Baccalaureate, Diploma of Business and English language studies for international and domestic high school students in the 14-to-17 age group. It is tentatively planned for a Gold Coast location but Shilo is also considering opportunities in Sydney and Melbourne. He hopes to have the required funding in place by mid-2012 for a 2014 start date.

The School of Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management is offering a new major in Event Management in both undergraduate degrees. If your students would enjoy the thrill of running an event and experiencing the sense of accomplishment once completed successfully, then studying event management at Bond University is the right step for their career.

Students can study Event Management in the following degrees:

Bachelor of Tourism Management
The Bachelor of Tourism Management provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to take on managerial roles within the global tourism industry. With a major in Event Management, they will learn the technical aspects of event management in order to deliver world-class events.

Bachelor of International Hotel and Resort Management
Your students will prepare themselves for a professional role in the hotel and resort industry with this degree. The core business subjects will be complemented by the advanced hotel and resort management subjects to give them a thorough understanding of the industry. They will learn the skills to problem solve and think creatively to run successful events with the Event Management major.

With a career in event management, your students can love what they do. Find out more at contact Rob Field

Combined Law/ International Relations student, Jenny Leo, has been awarded one of Australia’s most prestigious scholarships to study overseas as one of only 20 undergraduate students Australia-wide to receive a 2012 Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award.

These awards provide financial support for Australian students to undertake study or research at leading universities in Asia and are aimed at developing internationally-aware future leaders. ‘I feel so honoured to have been selected,’ said Jenny. ‘I applied to study in China, undertaking subjects in Chinese law and language at Peking University, based on my belief that our future economic ties with China will be greatly enhanced by Australia fostering the education of legal professionals who are conversant with Chinese law and legal practices,’ she said.

The first component of Jenny’s scholarship will incorporate studies in Chinese commerce, contract, company and foreign investment law, while the second stage will involve practical work experience via an internship with a Chinese law firm. With her departure set for August next year, she is planning to study and work in China for up to two years. Jenny’s achievement marks the second time a Bond University student has been recognised by the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award, following the 2010 scholarship awarded to fellow Law / International Relations student, Tom Harrison, who attended Soochow University last year. Bond University Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Stable said this second scholarship win was exceptional and demonstrated Bond’s ability to produce some of Australia’s best and brightest students.

The Australian Experience is an experiential study abroad program offered over the northern hemisphere summer and New Year holiday period, removing the need for overseas students to take time out from their regular studies at home. Students on these study programs will become familiar with Australia’s history, culture, ecology, geography, fauna and flora by visiting some of Australia’s most unique and amazing locations including; Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef,Fraser Island, Uluru,Canberra - Australia’s capital city, Sydney Harbour, including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge

The 4 Week Programs* are perfect for students who like to make a ‘splash’ with much of the program spent in and out of the water around islands, coral cays, lakes and beaches. This option offers students one subject credit for the Australian Environmental Issues subject.

The 6 Week Program is for students looking for a broader experience of Australia, taking in the red centre – Alice Springs and Uluru, tropical Darwin, Canberra, Sydney and some of the Queensland coast. This option offers students two subject credits for the Australian History and Culture and Australian Geography and Ecology: An introduction subjects. The programs running from June to August can be combined, offering students a total of three subject credits toward their studies. *The four week program running in January consists of three weeks experiential learning in Australia and one week online pre-departure learning.

Many students have enjoyed and learnt so much from this experience, that they have then opted to enroll for a full semester abroad.

2012 BURSARY All Australian Experience participants are eligible for a bursary. This is given in cash on arrival, with the amount varying dependant on the program undertaken: 6 week program: AUD $1000, 4 week program: AUD $ 750

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.

Forensic psychology involves the study of the behaviour of people within the legal system, including offenders, witnesses, victims, police, judges and magistrates, prisoners and prison staff. Psychologists are playing a growing role in corrections, with forensic issues such as theories of crime and delinquency, the role of drugs, penal theories and practices, and techniques for intervention or prevention being seen as increasing in social importance.

Professor Wilson was one of Shaan’s lecturers when she was studying for a Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology at Bond, and the two have kept in touch ever since. ‘The small classes at Bond University allow you get to know your lecturer and they are interested in your career progression,’ Shaan said. ‘The lecture was an invaluable opportunity to give back to my learning institute, and also to showcase how Professor Wilson’s teachings have provided the inspiration for both my interest and subsequent career with Queensland Corrective Services.’

Professor Wilson said Shaan’s presentation was very well received by the student group. ‘It was extremely beneficial having Shaan, who had previously studied at Bond and has subsequently gained a position of responsibility in the criminal justice system, lecture and discuss the work she now does. ‘The students found the discussion extremely useful in gaining insight into what Community Safety officers actually do. You cannot get that type of information from textbooks,’ he said. (See below for more stories on graduates)


Throughout August, Bond University’s Film and Television studios were effectively “under construction” while the first installation of Editshare was in progress. Editshare is a comprehensive system of file sharing that simplifies media management allowing a number of students to share and work simultaneously on their film and television projects. Bond University is the first educational institution in the southern hemisphere to have Editshare installed and it will radically enhance the processes staff and students undertake to assess, edit and produce films and other works.

Director of the centre Michael Sergi said “We have over 250 students enrolled each semester, working on over 600 projects. Editshare enables us to manage more than 45TBs of rushes feeding 55 edit suites running Avid and Apple Final Cut Pro. The Editshare servers that were installed some years ago handle this massive volume well and this new installation has allowed us to add more capacity from 24 to 56TBs easily”. The installation of this system is further evidence of the Faculty and University’s commitment to providing students with an authentic, industry standard experience.

The winner would spend the next ten weeks developing the game and finally, by the end of the semester, be published and recognised on iTunes. Bond students Saxon Cameron and William Fettke started with zero experience in Unity development software and learnt all the fundaments and code elements they would need to create an interactive game called BraveBeat. Coming up with all creative and conceptual assets, Will and Saxon expended over 500 hours collectively and 8000 lines of error-free code to give Bravehearts Inc a product of outstanding quality.

The game is simple. Players have to double tap a heart to keep it alive while they string together the free floating balloons for massive combos and high scores! With graphics maxed to run on the latest handheld devices, BraveBeat has a very user friendly interface that is clean and able to be quickly learned. BraveBeat was successfully published and all proceeds of sales will be donated to Bravehearts to assist them with their vital work in protecting children.

Professor Laurence Boulle AM and Adjunct Professor Lawrence Boo have been appointed by the World Bank to join a global panel of legal experts responsible for the settlement of international investment disputes. Professor Boulle and Adjunct Professor Boo have both been appointed to join the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Panel of Conciliators, making up two of the ten new appointments.

The ICSID is the global body responsible for the conciliation and arbitration of international investment disputes between States and Nationals of other States and plays a central role in international investment and global economic development. ICSID provides this service for 140 member States. By providing an effective and independent dispute resolution mechanism through arbitration and conciliation, the ICSID works to encourage the international flow of private investment capital. Both Professors are acknowledged as experts in the field of conciliation in international economic law and will add their expertise to solve major trans-national disputes. The appointments will last for six years, a significant time-frame that will see them at the forefront of international economic law in an area involving an increasing number of disputes between investors and host countries.

Bond Law Dean, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, congratulated them both for a remarkable professional accomplishment that places them amongst the top tier of global legal minds in their field. ‘To have two of the ten new nominees appointed to this panel from the Bond community is a significant achievement and is evidence of the high calibre of legal minds here in the Faculty of Law,’ Professor Mackenzie said.

Moody's credit rating agency has reaffirmed Australia's AAA sovereign debt rating. Moody's says the rating is based on very high economic resiliency, very high Government financial strength and low susceptibility to risk.

The Australian Government has very low gross debt that is easily affordable, compared to most other nations with that rating, it says. "As one of the world's most advanced economies, the country has not only a significant natural resource sector - including minerals, hydrocarbons, and agriculture - but also well developed manufacturing and service sectors," the report said.

"It also demonstrates strong governance indicators. In particular, the framework for fiscal policy is transparent and has, until now, consistently kept government debt at low levels." Acting Prime Minister Wayne Swan says it is another resounding endorsement of Australia's sturdy public finances and strong economic fundamentals.

"Despite the substantial global headwinds that are hitting our economy, Australians have reason to be confident about our economic strengths that are unmatched by just about any other developed economy. "We have a solidly growing economy, low unemployment, contained inflation, strong public finances and a record pipeline of investment that is gathering pace." The report does note that Australia will have to implement policies to deal with its ageing population.

Last month, Fitch Ratings upgraded its assessment of Australia's sovereign debt to AAA, making it the first time Australia has attained the top rating from all three international agencies. December 22, 2011


Through the assistance of the HSS Internship coordinator at Bond, he recently took up an internship with Gold Coast United Football Club where he followed on from the work of his predecessor, Neil Favager. Vince’s main internship tasks include writing media releases, feature articles and match previews for the Gold Coast United website. Vince has also been given the role of overseeing the activities of the Gold Coast United National Youth League team. In this role he is responsible for keeping the web statistics of the team and the player iosketches up to date.

He recently checked in with Bond from his role at GCU saying: “The internship was so much more than just that - it was about learning what the industry takes. I'd never really spoken to many professional sportsmen before I did this internship so it throws you into the deep end and forces you to get rid of that nervousness you get at the start. Learning how a club works is also an invaluable insight.”

When Jack Wever graduated from Bond with a Masters in Criminology in 1997, it marked the start of a stellar career as a public servant both in his home country of the Netherlands and in Australia and New Zealand.

After a number of roles working as a consultant, policy advisor and program manager, Jack was offered a role as the Chief Policy Advisor to the head of Police in the Netherlands. In this role he advises the head of police on matters of vice, multiple offenders, prostitution, child pornography, violence against public servants, cannabis use and property crime such as theft, robberies and burglaries.

Jack is also an occasional presenter at seminars held by the Australian Institute of Criminology in Canberra.