February 2009 Newsworthy & Interesting Things

Applications are now open for May, September 2009 and January, May, September 2010 intakes, remember Bond has a rolling admissions system, and there is no application fee.


At start of the semester we welcomed a record number of 1300 new students to campus, resulting in a total student body of just over 4200 students. Bond University has added a new element to the Gold Coast’s vaunted tourism profile by creating an incubator for the world’s future hospitality and leisure executives.

The inaugural class of Bond University’s School of Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management settled into lectures this week, starting out on a road to become the CEOs, CFOs and managing directors of a world-wide industry that generates four trillion dollars annually.

Differentiating the new School will be a focus on high-end disciplines including finance, revenue management, asset management and marketing – in both undergraduate and post-graduate programs - and how they apply to the hotel, resort and tourism industries.

The School's inaugural industry partnership with global group Marriott International, along with other leading hotel, resort and tourism operators, will provide students with opportunities for work placements as part of the course. The establishment of the School's Executive and Regional Advisory Boards with representatives from Jones Lang LaSalle, Accor, Marriott, Radisson, Inter-Continental, Carnival Cruise Line, the Tourism and Transport Forum, Sea World, Queensland Hotel Association, and Queensland Tourism Industry Council amongst others ensures close collaboration between industry and academe.


Bond University announced its new Graduate Certificate in Carbon Management at last month’s Carbon Market Expo on the Gold Coast.

The Expo, Australia’s first dedicated, industry hosted Trade Fair & Conference, was held at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre on October 30-31. Co-hosted by Environment Business Australia, the Asia-Pacific Emissions Trading Forum, the Queensland Government and Gold Coast City Council, the Expo united more than 100 speakers and 90 exhibitors representing leading international carbon markets from 24 countries.

As a major sponsor of the Expo, Bond University represented one of the research and education institutions active in carbon market education. Assistant Professor of Sustainable Business, Dr Dell McStay, said climate change was a long-term strategic policy that would ultimately impact on all areas of business operations.

“The Graduate Certificate in Carbon Management, commencing in January 2009, will focus on the economic, environmental, legal and asset-building performance requirements of the new carbon emissions environment,” she said. “The services of skilled carbon auditors, brokers and managers will be essential to the on-going global competitiveness of organisations across the broad spectrum of industry, generating excellent opportunities for graduates qualified in this emerging speciality.” Whilst on a global scale, Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are relatively small, on a per capita basis, we rank as one of the three highest greenhouse polluters on the planet.

The Australian Government hopes to turn this around through an ambitious Carbon Management agreement that will challenge relevant businesses in all sectors to reduce emissions by 25% by 2020 and by 90% by 2050. Mayor Ron Clarke MBE acknowledged the tertiary education sector’s contribution to the carbon-neutral solution. “Bond University’s School of Sustainable Development ensures access to cutting-edge research networks and a steady supply of highly skilled graduates, to staff the growing clean-tech and carbon market sector,” Mr Clarke said.

Dag Hilland from Bergen, and Siri Lauluten from Atteraa, both came to Bond University to take advantage of the small class sizes and to access expert professors. “I chose Bond because of the smaller environment. As an international student, the fact that the lecturers are so available makes things easier when there are things I did not understand” said Siri.

Dag agrees, “The second I read about Bond University and the fact that the classes are small and that good attention was given to students there was no doubt in my mind where I wanted to study. I didn’t apply anywhere else but Bond University.” Both students are now in their final semester of a Master of Sports Science and have just completed their major projects.

Dag worked with an emerging marathon runner who had a goal of completing the 2009 Gold Coast Marathon in 2 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds, Siri working with a very successful professional female triathlete. Indeed the scientific input from Siri contributed significantly to this very successful athlete winning a major sporting event.

The Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine has achieved a significant milestone, receiving its first major grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) valued at over $430,000.

The NHMRC funding will sponsor a three-year urology research project headed by Professor Russ Chess-Williams and a team of researchers from the universities of NSW (Professors Elizabeth Burcher and Kate Moore), Wollongong (Dr Kylie Mansfield) and Sheffield in the UK (Professor Dave Grundy).

“Specifically, we will be looking at the chemical processes involved in patients suffering from an over-active bladder and the health issues this condition causes,” said Dr Russ Chess-Williams. “This is a significant problem affecting a large percentage of the population and yet there is little treatment available and very few people working on research in the field.

Bond University Law students, Matthew Hooper and Sally Andersen (pictured below right), teamed up recently to take out first place in the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) / Wan Hui Da Intellectual Property Law Moot Court Competition in Beijing on November 8-9.

Working their way through the preliminary rounds, semi finals and finals, Matthew and Sally participated in four moots over two intensive days, where they were also awarded equal first place for their written memorials.

This international competition was judged by the Beijing Supreme Peoples Court and prominent IP practitioners as well as academics from the USA and Australia, including Bond University Faculty of Law Associate Professor Terry Gygar.

High Performance Sport is big business and successful outcomes such as Olympic gold medals have important consequences for the individual and the nation. Successful High Performance Sport is also excellent foreign policy and particularly so for the small populated nations, such as Australia. Australia (through the Australian Institute of Sport) has lead the way in the development of High Performance Sport.

Bond University is contributing to the new paradigm in High Performance Sport for Australia through its new Postgraduate coursework degree, the Master of High Performance Science*. The cornerstones of Bond University's program will be Molecular Biology, Technology and Strategic Management. Bond University will offer the innovative and academically demanding Master of High Performance Science* from January 2010 in fulltime mode and in part-time mode. A sample of the subjects and their sequence that make up the Master of High Performance Science* is shown in the table below.

The Master of High Performance Science degree is a one year (three semester) coursework degree that requires an academic entrance standard equivalent to the graduates with the Bachelor of Sports Science currently offered at Bond University


Semester one (January 2010)
*Technology and High Performance Sport
*Doping and Detection in Sport
*Communication, Leadership and Negotiation in Sport
*Principles of Project Management

Semester two (May 2010)
*Negotiation and Dispute Resolution in Sport
*Training Adaptation and Talent Identification
*Performance Analysis and Fatigue
*Molecular Biology and High Performance Sport

Semester three (September 2010)
*Psychology of High Performance Sport
*Evidence Based Project in Sports Science
*Strategic Management in High Performance Sport
*Clinical Sports Science

Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development is hosting a Europe Sustainable Cities and Alternative Energy Research tour. It will be 20 Days long from the 26th of April 2009 – 16th of May 2009. Students will visit 5 Cities - Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Strasbourg, Zurich, Milan
4 Countries Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy. Wow is this the 1 Chance of a Lifetime?
The tour promises exclusive entrance to some of the European leaders in cutting edge sustainability.

Chaired by Head of School, Professor Elizabeth Roberts, and Principal of Tony Charters & Associates, Mr Tony Charters, panellists included Deputy Chair Queensland Tourism Industry Council, Mr Wayne Clift; CEO Gold Coast Tourism, Mr Martin Winter; and Australian Tourism Export Council, Mr Don Jolly.

Held at the Cerum Theatre, 64 Gold Coast and Brisbane tourism industry professionals turned out to participate in an open discussion with the expert panellists on the current tourism industry climate. Professor Elizabeth Roberts reported that the core discussion revolved around finding solutions to combat the crisis “Getting back to business basics for many tourism based companies is a necessity, including reviewing business plans, looking at costs, service delivery and marketing plans,” he said.

Professor Elizabeth Roberts said the meeting was successful in answering the big question on people’s minds.

Try outs for the Volleyball, basketball, field hockey and rugby union will be held in the next few weeks for the Northern Conference games and the local community competitions.


our academic staff, Dr Mark Pearson, Dr William Van Caenegem, Professor Russell Chess-William and Professor Debra Henly plus award recipients of the 39th Australian National Final Japanese Language Speech Contest, Gene Godwin and Sam McDonald.

Congratulations to Dr Mark Pearson who has been awarded funding by the Australian Research Council (ARC) for a linkage grant for the project ‘Vulnerability and the new media: Investigating print media coverage of groups deemed to be vulnerable in Australian society and the media’s understanding of their status’.

Well done to Dr William van Caenegem who was also awarded funding by the Australian Research Council (ARC) for his research ‘Nothing can be created out of nothing’: workers, their know-how and the employment relationships that support them.


Mr Steve Sargent CEO, GE Australia and New Zealand

The first Bond Business Leaders Forum for 2009, 'GE - Sustaining and Enhancing a Culture of Leadership Development and High Performance' presented by keynote speaker Mr Steve Sargent, CEO, GE Australia and New Zealand. 'GE - Sustaining and Enhancing a Culture of Leadership Development and High Performance' During this presentation Steve discussed how GE has created and sustained a culture of high performance and a continual investment in the development of great Leaders for over 100 years


Another impressive Alumni success story this month with news that Public Relations graduate, Nick Jonsson (992) has recently launched Spark Communications in Vietnam.

Nick moved to Australia from Sweden in 1999 to study a Bachelor of Communication and stayed on to complete his Master of Public Relations; graduating in 2004 with an impressive academic record.

When he first arrived at Bond, Nick was one of only a handful of Scandinavian students. He had his first taste of communications and public relations helping us to recruit more students from his part of the world and, by the time he left Bond, our Scandinavian student contingent had grown to several hundred.

Nick has since applied his skills for the benefit of some of the world’s largest companies, starting off as an Account Director for Spark Communications Thailand where he consulted to the likes of Matell, Electrolux, United Airlines, Abbott and O2 Mobile.

After a year in London working with Chameleon Public Relations UK, he was back in Asia; headhunted by Oriflame Cosmetics to oversee 20 staff and more than 12,000 sales consultants as Area Sales Manager of their Ho Chi Minh City branch.

Return to Spark Communications, he has recently headed their launch into the Vietnam market.“Vietnam is the second fastest growing economy in Asia,” says Nick.“With domestic reform, increased foreign investment and Vietnam’s membership of the World Trade Organisation providing new opportunities, we see Vietnam as having a bright future.”

Spark Communications was founded by Tom Athey in Thailand in 2000 and has since developed into one of their leading public relations agencies, working across healthcare, financial services, real estate, consumer, aviation, logistics, travel and tourism, and IT industry sectors.

As Managing Director of Spark Communications Vietnam, Nick heads a team of five public relations consultants offering customised integrated services to domestic and international companies entering and currently operating in Vietnam.

Hung-Hsin Shih (032) fILM & tv
Master of Film & Television Alumnus, Hung-Hsin Shih, has just returned from MIPCOM 2008, Cannes. MIPCOM is a global content event for creating, co-producing, buying, selling, financing and distributing entertainment content across all platforms. Hung-Hsin Shih works for Spring House Entertainment (Taiwan) as a Producer and Director, and he brought their first feature film animation” Port of Return” to the international multimedia market. His aim is to sell this movie to the buyers from different countries and broadcast it worldwide. “Port of Return” is in post-production now, and it is scheduled to premiere in June, 2009.