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Welcome to the April Edition of the College Down Under newsletter. I am pleased to be able to share some of the activities and achievements of Bond University students, faculty and alum with you.
Spring is here and with some spare time over the spring break, now is a great time for you to plan your studies for September 07 and January 08. I will be attending the Spring round of NACAC Career fairs in a number of States including NY, NC, CA, TN and NJ.
Follow the link to my schedule.
I invite you to come and see me at my booth if you are in the area. I also have time available outside the fair hours to meet with you and discuss your Bond study plans or any other related matters. Email me at Rob@CollegeDownUnder.netso we can arrange a time, or call me on my Cell (615) 415-5985. Hope to hear from you soon.
Rob Field MBA (Bond) B.Bus
Director - College Down Under - Official Bond University Representative
BOND GRADUATES RANKED #1
The latest results are in - Bond University has once again secured Australia's top ranking for educational experience and graduate outcomes in 2007. In an independent analysis of results of the Graduate Destination Survey of 2005 Graduates, Bond Law and the MBA program received top honours when compared to Australia’s Group of Eight universities. This is an exceptional result which cements our place as a leading Australian university.
To find out more about Bond's GCA rankings and other fast facts, visit www.collegedownunder.net/aboutbond/awards.htm.
SMALL BUSINESS EXPERT APPOINTED HEAD OF SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Bond University has appointed former A.C.T. Small Business Commissioner Professor Michael Shaper as Head of its School of Business.
Along with leading the Bond University School of Business, Professor Schaper will also be teaching and researching in the areas of small business and entrepreneurship at the private and not-for-profit Bond University, based on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
A previous President of the Small Enterprise Association of Australia & New Zealand, Professor Schaper is currently a member of the board of directors of the International Council for Small Business. Between 2003 and 2005, he held the foundation professorial chair in Entrepreneurship and Small Business within the University of Newcastle – the first dedicated chair in small business in Australia. Prior to this, he was senior lecturer responsible for the entrepreneurship degree program at Curtin University in Western Australia.
Before his academic career, Professor Schaper worked for several years as a professional small business adviser in Australia. In addition, he ran his own business and was involved in a numerous other start-up projects. Professor Schaper also spent several years working as a Ministerial Adviser at the state and federal level, acting as a policy adviser, speechwriter and consultant to numerous Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament. He was a member of the Senate of the University of Western Australia for three years.
Professor Schaper is the author or co-author of eight books, all in the field of business management, and an occasional columnist in the Australian business media.Back to top.
ANOTHER AUSTRALIAN FIRST FOR BOND
Bond University has released plans for the construction of Australia’s first fully sustainable academic building, which is set to become home to the Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development.
The School is the first designated Institute to fully integrate environmental, urban planning and architectural disciplines with the practical issues of managing financial viability and societal expectations.
Bond University and Mirvac have released plans for the new three-level building, which is estimated to cost around $10million and will embrace World’s Best Practice sustainable processes and objectives.
Mirvac’s Design Director Mr John Flynn said the structure will act as a ‘living laboratory’ for the school’s students and the community.
Any enquiries about the Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development and its course offerings can be directed to Rob Field - Director - College Down Under - rob@CollegeDownUnder.net
SIGNIFICANT RESEARCH GRANT TO ELIMINATE SPORTING CHEATS
A major research grant will combine the academic capital of high performance science and forensic science to help eliminate the 'sporting cheats' from competition while advancing Australia’s reputation for research and policy development on anti-doping in sport.
Dr Bon Gray and Dr Angela van Daal from Bond University have been awarded a major research grant ($178,000 over one year) that will fund a project investigating: “Transcriptional regulation of gene expression in human lymphocytes: Potential applications to the detection of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH)”.
The funding outcome for Dr Gray and Professor Angela van Daal reflects the very interactive approach by the Anti-Doping Research Program (ADRP) to research. The administrators of the Anti-Doping Research Program and the originator of the ADRP are to be congratulated on their approach to extending scientific inquiry. Such an innovative and interactive approach to awarding research funding ensures that the progress of science is advanced and that full power and effect of science is harnessed to eliminate 'cheats in sport'.Back to top.
BOND LAW JUDGED AUSTRALIA'S BEST
Bond University’s Faculty of Law mooting team has proven itself Australia’s best after winning the national round of the internationally renowned Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Canberra.
The team of five students will now represent at the world championship rounds held in Washington, DC in March, where they will compete against the national champions from 580 other law schools from over 80 countries, in what is the largest moot court competition in the world.
Teams from Bond University and the University of Queensland competed against each other in the national final, with each team representing two fictitious nations, through written and oral advocacy, in a hypothetical dispute before the International Court of Justice.
Dean of Bond University’s Faculty of Law Professor Duncan Bentley said the team’s win was an outstanding result and demonstrated the high standard of the students’ legal skills.
“It is a tribute to the student team and testament to our innovative and practical teaching methods,” he said.
“This achievement cements our place as the top-ranking Law School in Australia and will strengthen our reputation both nationally and world-wide,” Professor Bentley said.
As well as winning the Jessup Cup for the Australian Championship, the team also won Best Oralist in the preliminary and final rounds, and silver medals for both their Applicant and Respondent written submissions.
“They were exceptional in their intellectual prowess, their erudite presentation and their diplomatic style,” said the Academic Advisor to the team, Assistant Professor Maureen Grant-Thomson.
“Each member of the Bond team has been a great ambassador for Bond University through their performance and their sportsmanship,” Ms Grant-Thomson said.
The Bond team consisted of students Rachel Mansted, Matthew Hooper, Edward Brockhoff, Mathew Cantatore, and Julien du Vergier and was coached by Mr Nitay-Yair Levi.
Bond has a history of success in the Jessup Moot competition, with this win marking their third national championship. A Bond team won the Australian title and advanced to the semi finals of the world championships in Washington DC in 1999 and 2001, and also claimed the title of the World’s Best Written Submissions in 2003.
Pictured (l-r): Academic Advisor to the team, Assistant Professor Maureen Grant-Thomson, Team Coach Nitay Levi, Rachel Mansted, Matthew Hooper, Matthew Cantatore, Edward Brockhoff and Julien du VergierBack to top.
MOVIES THAT MATTER
He is encouraging students from other parts of Humanities, especially the Centre for Film and Television, and from other faculties, including Law, Business and the Centre for Sustainable Development, to come and get involved.
What movies will be showing?
"I have brought with me Why We Fight by Eugene Jarecki, Winner Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival; Diary of Immaculee from three-time award nominee Steve Kalafer (about Rwanda); Uncovered: the Whole Truth about the Iraq War by Robert Greenwald; Bringing Down a Dictator narrated by Martin Sheen (about the Serbian leader Milosevic); Kofi Annan - Center of the Storm, by David Grubin - a PBS film, and The Peacekeepers - National Film Board Canada in co-production with Arte," Dr Platzer said.
"I also have Great Moments of the 20th Century,-1960, and Great Moments of the 20th Century, 1961 and Great Moments of the 20th Century, 1961-2000; also The Sixties – a PBS production; and Paul McCarthy in Red Square."
Dr Platzer will be showing
two of his own movies:
He will also be showing Carol Reed's The Third Man ("a personal favourite").
He has also lined up live interviews with some outstanding guests: the first is Margarita Simonyan, Editor-in-chief of cable TV service Moscow Today. The following week the guest was Al - Jazeera correspondent for the United Nations Mark Seddon.
Dr Platzer lined up a live interview with New York correspondent Ian Williams, who runs the Deadline Pundit blog. On his website Williams often runs inside information about the United Nations.
Students have already looked at Fox News and Rupert Murdoch as part of their Global Media research.
The other course Dr Platzer is running is on the United Nations. He has got the students to form a United Nations club here at Bond to host discussions about important global issues.
Students will be simulating the UN Security Council discussion of a contemporary issue (possibly the Sudan crisis) for one of their assignments.
They will learn how to argue their country’s point of view.
Dr Platzer will be seeking sponsorship and fund-raising for Bond students to represent Australia at the next World Youth Assemblies in New York and Geneva.Back to top.
SPORTS MANAGEMENT GRADUATE SIGNS ON WITH THE GOLD COAST TITANS
Whilst the battle to sign on the big-name stars for the NRL’s newest team is still making headlines, Bond graduate Chris Knell secured his dream job with the Gold Coast Titans simply by being in the right place at the right time.
As Marketing Services Coordinator in the lead-up to Titan’s first season, Chris is an integral part of the behind-the-scenes team charged with establishing the Titans brand and building a fan base.
“One of my professors at Bond – former rugby league player, Tim Fuller – recommended me for an internship with Titan’s boss Michael Searle at International Sports Australia while I was studying my Postgraduate Diploma and Masters of Sports Management,” says Chris.
“When I graduated, Michael offered me a full-time position with the Titans, as Marketing Services Coordinator.
“Like most of the plum roles in sports management, the job was never advertised. It’s a matter of knowing the right people and putting yourself in front of them. The contacts at Bond University enabled me to do that.”
Chris’ sports marketing role with the Titans is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, following his decision to change careers just three years ago.
After graduating from high school in Geelong, Chris opted for a career in hospitality, working for some of the most prestigious five-star hotels in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne while he completed a Bachelor of Business (Hotel Management) at the Australian International Hotel School in the ACT.
But managerial placements in the Sydney and Melbourne Hyatt Hotels weren’t enough to quell his passion for sports.
“I played basketball at a reasonably high level before deciding to try my hand at professional golf by enrolling at the Australasian Golf Academy program at Royal Pines,” says Chris.
“The theoretical component of the golf academy course was conducted at Bond University. It was around this time that I realized I wasn’t going to make it to the top ranks as a competitor and decided to look into the business management side of sport.”
Chris was one of the first students to go through Bond’s Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management and then stayed on to do his Masters.
“Sports management jobs are not easy to find. Most of the organizational roles are traditionally filled by former players who have worked their way up through the ranks.
“As more associations make the transition from amateur to professional status, however, they are starting to look outside this inner circle for people with higher level qualifications.
“These days, sports clubs are involved in sponsorship deals, commercial arrangements, player contracts, event management and all manner of complex negotiations that can be quite different to those you would encounter in the wider business arena.
“As such, acquiring management qualifications specifically relating to this industry is the ideal way to establish a career in the ever-widening world of sports.
“At the same time, it will always help to have those contacts, as I had at Bond, that can put you in the right place at the right time.”Back to top.
Career Development Centre
How to secure your dream job!
Bond University's new look Career Development Centre (CDC) was officially launched late last year. The centre brings world class employers together with current Bond Students and Alumni. It is a great asset to our study abroad and exchange students who often seek part time jobs during the semester.
The CDC is staffed by experienced Employment Specialists who work in conjunction with industry specific Careers Advisors from our faculties. Students can access company profiles and view job vacancies for graduate positions, internships and even work experience opportunities. In addition students will have access to a complete careers advisory service ranging from career planning strategies through to job search and interview techniques.
AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCE TOURS START IN JUNE
The Humanities Faculty’s new travelling Australian Experience programs kick off next June. Two separate, end-to-end programs, six weeks and four weeks, will take groups of lucky students to a selection of the must-see, must-do places on the list of every visitor.
A small group of students will travel with Associate Professor Bill Krebs and expert staff teaching new subjects in Environmental Studies. Some days of intensive study on campus will come alive as we travel Darwin, Litchfield National Park and the Territory Wildlife Park, on the Ghan to Katherine Gorge and Alice Springs.
The experiential learning continues as we walk the Desert Wildlife Park, the wonders of Watarrka (King’s Canyon) and Uluru, under the guidance of aboriginal park rangers. Then on to Canberra, for a week of classes at the Australian National University and in old and new Parliament Houses and the major national museums and art galleries of the Capital. And finally to Sydney and the story of the beginnings of European settlement.
Bill Krebs told CDU: "For those who want to extend that introductory study of key Australian environmental issues, the four-week program offers a special study of coastal and coral reef ecology, and includes a week spent at the research station on Heron Island, and a week on Fraser Island, which will finish with a close up and personal conversation with humpback whales. If you know anyone who is interested in joining the party, tell them to check out all the information on the website ," he said.
Rob at College Down Under is very happy to talk about the plans for this innovative way to earn Bond University credits towards a Bond University or other degree. He can be contacted at rob@CollegeDownUnder.net But don’t delay too long: first come, first served for the limited number of places, and applications must close on April 1 for the first program, and May 1 for the four-week program.Back to top.
Ms Lagarde was ranked 30th on the Forbes list of the World's Most Powerful Women in 2006. Formerly the first woman to head the executive committee of law firm Baker & McKenzie, where she championed the "client first" mentality, Ms Lagarde has also been awarded France's highest honor, the Legion of Honour.
Ms Lagarde spoke on the topic : "Law as an incentive for attractiveness to foreign investment and performance for globalisation."
Background: Established in 1998 by the staff and students of the School of Law at Bond University, the Gerard Brennan Lecture commemorates the judicial career of the Honourable Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE.
Delivered biennially, the lecture presents a perspective on a contemporary legal issue, bringing together legal practitioners, academics & students with leaders of the Australian legal profession & judiciary.
Sir Gerard Brennan delivered the Inaugural Lecture. Justice Paul de Jersey and Justice Michael Kirby delivered the second and third lectures. Topics in the series have so far ranged from ethics to drug use.