FEBRUARY 2010 News on Campus @ Bond University


Earlier this month Bond University announced the new Soheil Abedian School of Architecture, which will open in January 2011. The new School has been established to meet growing demand for Australian architects with specialisation in sustainably built environment design.

The Soheil Abedian School of Architecture will open in January 2011, heralding a new era of Australian architects with specialisation in ecologically and socially sustainable built environment design.

The University’s new School is the result of a generous gift from Bond University Alumnus parent and long-time supporter, Soheil Abedian.

In recognition of Soheil’s generosity and standing as an exceptional architect himself, the School will be named in his honour.

Bond University Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Stable said the University values its extensive network of Alumni and their families and is very grateful for the continued support they provide to progress the University, its facilities, and the student experience.

“It is through our relationship with our alumni and the generous financial support from our benefactors that Bond University continues to grow as a leader in education, offering students state-of-the-art facilities and global learning experiences,” Professor Stable said.

“On behalf of the University, I extend my gratitude to Soheil for his continued support over the past several years. This latest gift is significant for the University, the Australian community and most importantly the students as it has enabled Bond to offer a unique Architecture program at a time when sustainable design is critically important,” he said.

As Sunland Group founder with development companies in Australia and the Middle East, Soheil Abedian is at the forefront of world-leading architecture design. Included in his portfolio are the Q1, Palazzo Versace and Circle on Cavill.

“I am delighted to see that Bond University has established an architectural faculty, which will be the centre of design excellence for students,” Mr Abedian said.

“It is my ardent hope that the graduates will receive an education that will be fundamental in shaping the urban built form in Australia as well as contributing to international design innovation and excellence.

“I have no doubt that Bond has the vision to make its mark on an international level,” he said.

The new school will offer 50 commencing places in 2011 for the six semester undergraduate program, with postgraduate offerings to follow

Contact Admissions Director Campus Down Under - the official USA representative for more information and application pack. .

Applications are open for Australia's first Master of High Performance Science degree. Launched in 2009, the program will commence mid way through January 2011.

The Master of High Performance Science is squarely aimed at enhancing athlete performances at the elite level of sport, and has assumed new importance with the recent release of the Crawford Report.

The Master of High Performance Science is intended to produce high quality graduates who have an excellent understanding of high performance athletes, their coaches, the organisation and administration of elite sport.

Essentially, the program examines the science behind elite sporting achievements, with the ultimate aim of facilitating research and producing specialists who will help to increase Australia’s performances at the highest level of competition.

Students enrolled in the Master of High Performance Science are expected to benefit from well-grounded educational processes in the behavioural and cognitive sciences, high performance sciences and technology.

Building on the skills and knowledge established in the Bachelor of Sports Science, the Master of High Performance Science is a three semester program which can be taken in part-time or full-time mode.

On campus classes will be scheduled between 4pm and 8pm weekdays. As such,the Master of High Performance Science may be suited to professionals who may already be working in the area of high performance sport and who wish to upgrade their qualifications. Contact for more information and application pack.


NEW DEAN – Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Professor Richard Hays has officially commenced duty, as of today, as the Dean of the Faculty of Health, Sciences and Medicine. Professor Hays has established an impressive record of achievement in the field of Medicine in Higher Education and is an exceptional manager and visionary. His most recent role was Chair of Medical Education and Head of the School of Medicine, Keele University, United Kingdom.

Professor Hays is well accustomed with the Faculty as he has had the opportunity to be Joint Dean with Professor Chris Del Mar over the past few months. The Univeversity thanks Professor Chris Del Mar for his outstanding contribution during his term as Dean. In December, our first cohort of students graduated from the Medical School and Professor Del Mar certainly played a vital role in the success of these graduates. Professor Del Mar will continue in his position as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and as an integral member of our academic community.

The University Research Centre for Law, Governance and Public Policy was established as Bond University’s latest University Research Centre on 6 November 2009.

The Foundation Director is Professor Patrick Keyzer of the Faculty of Law. Professor Keyzer has written seven books and edited thirteen collections of law and governance topics. He is presently a chief investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project researching improvements of the management of serious ‘dangerous’ offenders.

The Centre’s expertise is in constitutional law, criminal law, public policy and human rights. The Centre will conduct project-based interdisciplinary research to inform public policy and promote law reform.

Any scholars from any Faculty who would like to participate in Centre activities are welcome to contact the Centre to discuss their interests and ideas.

With the addition of the Centre for Law, Governance and Public Policy, Bond University now has five University Research Centres:

- Centre for Law, Governance and Public Policy (website launch: mid-February)
- Centre for Applied Research in Learning, Engagement, Andragogy and Pedagogy
- Centre for Health Informatics
- Centre for Forensic Excellence
-Institute for Sport Research Centre

The Mirvac School of Sustainable Development is hosting a lecture series during Semester 1, 2010 to raise awareness about sustainability and to give practical information on what you can do to become more sustainable.

Lecture Schedule
* Andrew Wilford “Why Sustainability Matters – A Systems Based View”. 27th January.
* Pak Sum Low "Eco-efficiency, Eco-effectiveness and Sustainability". 10th February.
* Ned Wales “Achieving Carbon Neutral Landscapes”. 24th February.
* Lynne Armitage “Sustainable Development – Theory and Practice”. 10th March.
* Scott Cooper “Practical Ways to Incorporate Sustainable Practice into Everyday Living". 24th March.
* Movie - "Earth: The Power of the Planet" (c2009) BBC Worldwide. 7th April.

Bond University has appointed Professor Mark Hirst as Dean of the Faculty of Business, Technology and Sustainable Development, effective July 2010. Professor Hirst will join Bond from the Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales, where he is currently Professor of Management. He has previously held a number of senior positions at the Australian Graduate School of Management.

"We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming Professor Hirst, who is very highly regarded in academic and business circles both in Australia and abroad," said Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Stable. "Professor Hirst will build upon the excellent relationships that have already been developed between the Faculty and businesses across Australia.

"He will also oversee the finalisation of our accreditation with the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business, being the preeminent academic accreditation body for business schools, and whose recognition will confirm Bond’s position as one of the leading business schools in Australia," Professor Stable said.

Professor Hirst said he was looking forward to the challenge of emphasising consistency around Bond’s core teaching and research activities and working with others to create an environment where people will choose to work and learn at Bond. "My initial impressions of Bond are of a young, nimble and growing organisation with an enviable reputation for providing the highest quality teaching that delivers ‘work-ready’ graduates.

"One of my key priorities will be to reinforce Bond's competitive strength around teaching and in so doing provide consistency in direction and values. I am also keen to reinforce the focus on quality research and support aspirations to enhance the number of faculty who are research active," he said.


Prof. John Wade presented a Research Seminar on “The Procedural Evolution of Conflict Towards Litigation and Implications for Legal Publishers” This seminar focused on the pyramids of conflict, the decline of “full-blown” trials and the increase of “law”. The purpose of this discussion is to assist legal publishers in understanding the consequences of this analyses.


Bond Law’s Tammy Johnson, pistol shooting champion, recently competed in the 2009 World Masters Games in Sydney, where she won silver and bronze medals. Last month’s Games attracted 28,000 competitors from 95 countries, with the oldest competitor being a 101-year-old Australian competing in Lawn Bowls. Brilliantly done, Tammy!

Also competing in the World Masters Games, in the 30 – 35yrs category was our resident beach volleyball star Shanon Zunker, who won gold in the Beach Volleyball competition held at Maroubra Beach, remaining undefeated throughout the entire tournament. And to top it off, Shanon then went on to compete in the Queensland Beach Volleyball State Tour, where he won the third round in Brisbane with the help of Bond resident and A-Block Senior Res Fellow, Isaac Kapa.

Congratulations to final year medical student In-Jung (‘IJ’) Lee who has been awarded the Alison Kearney Fellowship for 2009. This prestigious award gave IJ the opportunity to travel with Dr John Kearney to East Timor as part of his ongoing work with the East Timor Eye Project.

Congratulations also go to Property and Sustainable Development student Hannah Silvasich, who won the Dr Paula Whitman Future Leader Award at the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s 10th Annual Women in Development Awards.

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J-Day (Journalism Day) for Seniors & Juniors
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences welcomes year 11 and year 12 students to Bond University during the months of February and March for an interesting day to learn about a future career in journalism and engage in interactive journalism related activities.