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December 2007

Newsworthy & Interesting


Now is a great time of the year, with the holdiays and new year just around the corner to set out your goals and plans for 2008. I hope study at Bond University makes it on your list for 2008. LETS MAKE IT HAPPEN ! Applications are now open for



New Offerings from the Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development:

The School is the first designated planning and design institute that fully integrates environmental, urban planning and architectural disciplines with the practical issues of financial viability and societal expectations.

Bachelor of Urban Design and Planning
With over 50% of the world’s population now living in urban areas, there is a worldwide need for professionals with the knowledge and skills to make urban places liveable and sustainable. The Bachelor of Urban Design and Planning is one of the few programs in the world to offer urban design and planning study at an undergraduate level. Graduates can make their careers in a variety of built environment professions involved in creating sustainable cities, including Urban and Town Planners.

Master of Property Valuation
The current demand for qualified people in the property valuation area provides excellent opportunities for graduates to become industry leaders within Australia and internationally. This degree provides the educational foundations for an extensive range of career options, including property valuation, property management and investment appraisal. "A career in property valuation offers a mix of indoor and outdoor activity, opportunities for travel, professional responsibility and flexibility of employment regardless of age," says Associate Professor of Urban Development Lynne Armitage.

Bachelor of Business Systems / Master of Business Systems
The demand for IT graduates across all sectors of employment continues to increase; there are currently over 29,000 jobs advertised on for IT professionals. This increase is set to soar according to a new study released by analyst IDC and software company Microsoft. They predict that "Australia’s IT industry is set to create 40,000 new jobs and generate more than $11 billion over the next four years". The current trend indicates that employers are not only looking for IT graduates with technical skills but for those individuals whose skills are complemented by business qualifications.

Bond University is addressing this demand for qualified IT and Business professionals and as of January 2008 will be offering a combined IT/Business degree. The Bachelor of Business Systems and the Master of Business Systems is designed to bring together, in a single program, the financial, business systems and technology management skills that will form the foundation for a comprehensive knowledge base. Suitable for those aspiring to careers as senior managers and planners within information-rich and process-oriented organisations.

New Offering from the Bond University Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine:

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Sports Management
Sporting stars are increasingly in the media due to clashes with the law. The Laws/Sports Management combined program will provide graduates with a thorough understanding of sports management as well as the eligibility to be admitted as a legal practitioner (in QLD) after completing the Professional Legal Training (PLT) Course. Students will have access to leading academics in both the fields of law, sports, management and marketing with this innovative program drawing on the knowledge and expertise from the relevant faculties within Bond University. This will provide graduates with a well-rounded and multi-disciplinary qualification relevant to today’s workforce.
Contact Rob Field rob@CollegeDownUnder.Net for more information on these programs.


It has been an eventful month for Bond University’s Faculty of Law, with the Faculty hosting two separate visits from distinguished practitioners as well as a Legal Profession networking evening to mark the opening of the new Legal Skills Centre.

Dr Marie Bismark was a guest of the Faculty for the first week of October. Dr Bismark is a doctor and lawyer from New Zealand who works at the interface between law, medicine and mediation. Bond Law students had the privilege of attending special presentations by Dr Bismark on medical negligence, telemedicine, and medical tourism, while Health Science and Medicine students benefited from an interesting presentation on ‘what motivates patients to make complaints’.

Mary Walker who is a pioneer barrister / mediator from the NSW Bar and has one of the largest commercial mediation practices in Australia, joined the Law Faculty the following week, sharing her knowledge on how to prepare for representing clients in mediation as well as issues in court connected mediation. She conducted various negotiation and mediation exercises, delivered a lecture on expert witnesses and was a guest judge at the Staff vs Student Debate held on Thursday October 11.

Mrs Walker had the opportunity to utilise the Faculty’s new Legal Skills Centre, and was very impressed with the technology on offer, commenting the new building provided "a fabulous way to learn law". "I would love to have that level of sophistication in the court rooms in which I appear," she said. Mrs Walker’s husband, John Walker, was also in the Faculty for a short time and gave a presentation to colleagues on his area of authority - Litigation Funding.

To cap off the month's activities, over 150 legal professionals, students and staff gathered outside the new Legal Skills Centre on October 23 for the Faculty’s Legal Profession networking event. Guest of Honour was The Hon. Kerry Shine MP, Attorney General, Minister for Justice & Minister Assisting the Premier in Western Queensland, who, along with guests, took the opportunity to tour the Legal Skills Centre, viewing a range of demonstrations. The demonstrations showcased the Centre’s moot courts, video conferencing facilities, interviewing rooms, dispute resolution rooms as well as the latest teaching technology and electronic evidence management systems which replicate the technology used by the High Court of Australia.


rising comet - grants for research projects

The President Professor Robert Stable was delighted to announce that Bond University was this month awarded $140,800 to assist in commercialising two research projects for which Bond has received national and international attention.
The two $70,400 grants were awarded by COMET (Commercialising Emerging Technologies) - a competitive, merit based program that supports early-growth stage and spin off companies to successfully commercialise their innovations.

The first of the research projects to receive funding was a secure software application called BOSS (Banking on Secure Systems). Developed by Professor Paddy Krishnan and Percy Pari-Salas, BOSS helps protect against viruses which are designed to hijack users’ information during sensitive transactions such as electronic banking.
The grant will assist in widening the distribution and application of the system, which could potentially benefit many areas including internet banking, electronic transactions, online share trading, and taxation form lodging.

PhD student Ping Zhang’s innovative hybrid computer-aided diagnosis system that assists in the early detection of breast cancer was the second project to receive funding from COMET. The new technology, developed by Ping under the supervision of Associate Professor Kuldeep Kumar, is set to revolutionise the breast cancer screening process and potentially save thousands of lives. This is the first time Bond has been awarded these prestigious grants by COMET and marks recognition of the tremendous research capability here at Bond

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Sports news

The annual Australian University Games are a yearly highlight for every student. This year Australia's largest annual multi-sport event, which dates back to 1993, was held on the Gold Coast from 23rd - 28th of September. Bond University is part of the renowned Games that attracts over 6,000 participants each year. Bond students participated in some of the 30 sports being contested such as Australian Rules Football, Basketball, Beach Volleyball and Soccer amongst others.

Furthermore, Bond was proud to host the preliminary round of the Volleyball contest which took place over 2 days in the Bond University Sports Hall. Ten teams competed to move on to the quarter-finals.

Sports Star of the Year

2007 Bond University Sports Star of the year, Annabelle Williams was a finalist in last week’s Australian University Sport Awards, recognising sports excellence by students from all around Australia at a function held at the University of Sydney last Friday evening. This year Annabelle won 2 Gold and 2 silver medals while also breaking 5 World records in her EAD class at the Telstra Short Course Championships and due to these performances, was nominated for the “Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year” award.

health science staff provide strong industry links

Assistant Professor Chris McLellan
Chris McLellan is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University. He completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Physiotherapy while Professor Greg Gass was Head of School. After graduating with the Bachelor of Exercise Science, he accepted a position as High Performance and Rehabilitation Consultant for the Kobe Steel Rugby Football Club in Japan. After spending a number of years with the Kobe Steel Rugby Club, Chris returned to complete a post graduate qualification in Physiotherapy (Master of Physiotherapy).

With his academic appointment to Bond University, Chris maintains an ongoing clinical load in Physiotherapy. His research/teaching is in the area of Strength and Conditioning. In addition he is Strength and Conditioning Coach/Head Trainer for the Gold Coast Jetstar Titans and Sports Power Consultant to Australian Baseball. His extensive theoretical and clinical knowledge in the area of strength and conditioning has been recognised by the Australian Weight Lifting Federation as Sports Power Coach Accreditation Consultant.

Assistant Professor Bruce Rawson
Bruce Rawson is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine and has a long and effective association with Bond University. As Athlete Performance Manager of Australian Baseball and Head Physiotherapist for Jetstar Gold Coast Titans, Bruce brings a range of clinical experiences to his classroom teaching at Bond University that would be hard to match.

Bruce is a highly skilled and experienced clinician. His clinical experiences and breadth of those clinical experiences, make for powerful learning in the classroom at Bond University. The successful intersection of theory and practice is very evident in his classroom teaching and in the student feedback.

australia becomes a classroom - Summer abroad program

We are now accepting applications for 2008.


Bond week - january 7 - 11 Semester 08 1

Here are some of the activities we've got planned for this semester:
Australia Zoo - See the native Australian animals that the legendary Steve Irwin dedicated his life to on an organised trip to one of Australia's most famous attractions.
Learn to Surf - It's not as easy as it looks! So we've arranged lessons at the Byron Bay Surf's Up Day Trip.
Club Sign-On Day - This is always heaps of fun. We've got more than 40 social and sporting clubs here on campus so you're bound to find something that interests you.
Official Welcome - Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Stable loves catching up with the students and tries to meet as many as possible while they're studying here.
Wednesday by the Water - The fun continues all through the year with our weekly free barbeque by the lake, organised by the Student Council.

There are plenty more events and outings happening during Orientation Week and throughout the year.

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Markus first come to Bond to study his Master of Laws (International Trade Law) in 1999. Having completed his LLB and LLM at Sweden’s renowned Lund University, he was awarded a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship which allowed him to study anywhere in the world.

"I chose to come to Bond University because I wanted to broaden my international experience," he said. "Bond Law’s International Trade Law program had the global perspective I was looking for, and the class mix gave me an opportunity to study with lawyers from all over the world."

Making the Dean’s and Vice-Chancellor’s Lists every semester and graduating with First Class Honours, it was no surprise that Markus was snapped up by one of Australia’s leading law firms, becoming one of the first overseas lawyers to be employed by Minter Ellison’s Brisbane practice.

On his return to Sweden a year later, he joined Archibald Advokatbyrå, part of the Anderson Legal Network, and then transferred to one of Sweden’s top law firms, Advokatfirman Lindahl. Within six years of graduating from Bond, Markus was appointed a Senior Associate at Lindahl, working with international clients in mergers and acquisitions.

In 2006, we were delighted to welcome Markus back to Australia when, once again, he chose to travel half a world away from his home to further his qualifications at Bond University, this time electing to complement his legal expertise with business studies in marketing, finance and accounting.

At the same time, he agreed to share his wealth of knowledge and practical experience with our current crop of budding legal eagles by lecturing in the Law faculty. Markus has now returned to Sweden to resume his senior role with Advokatfirman Lindahl … but that’s not to say we won’t see him again one day!


Professor Jere R. Francis presented his paper “The Effect of Big Four Office Size on Audit Quality” to the Faculty of Business, Technology & Sustainable Development. Professor Francis is the KPMG/Joseph A. Silvoso Distinguished Research Professor of Accounting, Director of the Doctoral Program, School of Accountancy, University of Missouri-Columbia.


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