The Bond University is a private not-for-profit university located in Robina, Gold Coast, Queensland and Australia. It has been listed in the global top 20 universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings of the Best Small Universities in the World. Bond was also recently ranked as Australia’s number one university for student experience for the 11th consecutive year in the 2017 Good Universities Guide.
The University was established at the initiative of Alan Bond, the founder and Chairman of Bond Corporation and Harunori Takahashi, President of EIE International. The University’s development was funded via a joint venture between Bond Corporation in Australia and the Japanese entity, EIE International. In 1987, the Parliament of Queensland granted Bond university status via the passage of the Bond University Act. The University commenced teaching in May 1989 with an initial intake of 322 students.
In 1991, EIE acquired Bond Corporation’s share of the company development that controlled the land on which the University buildings were constructed and the surrounding development lands.
The campus was acquired by Bond University Ltd in its own right in August 1999.
Campus and facilities
The Bond University campus was conceived and developed by master planner Daryl Jackson of Jackson Architecture with significant input from Queensland architect Robin Gibson. The signature Arch building was designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.
The campus features a series of Faculty sandstone buildings centered around man-made Lake Orr. In 2008, the Bond University Mirvac School of Sustainable Development Building was officially opened by the then Prime Minister Hon. Julia Gillard and was the first in Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Star – Education PILOT Certified Rating for design by the Green Building Council of Australia.
Other recent additions to the campus facilities include:
- An $8.4million extension to the Legal Skills Centre, situated within the Law Faculty; officially opened by Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, in March 2011.
- The Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre, named in honour of University benefactor, Dr Neil Balnaves, AO – a $3.4million technology-rich student facility opened in March 2010.
- The ADCO Amphitheatre – an outdoor amphitheatre and Alumni Court sponsored by ADCO Constructions – opened in September 2009.
- The Macquarie Trading Room, opened by the Hon Anna Bligh in May 2007, providing students with a simulated trading environment, including live ticker screens and market data from 18 Bloomberg terminals.
- The Sports Centre is a new sporting facility measuring 2,700 sqm that opened in May 2016.In 2006, then Prime Minister Hon. John Howard opened the $20 million Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine building (though the first intake of students started in May 2005), housing a complete set of lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, specialised clinical rooms and laboratories. A brand new purpose-built anatomy laboratory was added in 2010.
The $16.2 million Soheil Abedian School of Architecture building was designed by Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham and opened in October 2013 and sits adjacent to the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development building.
The 48-hectare campus also includes a Sports Centre with Olympic-size swimming pool, gymnasium, multi-purpose sports hall, squash/tennis/beach volleyball courts and rugby/soccer fields.
It is serviced by TransLink bus routes and bike paths, with buses also running between the campus and Varsity Lakes and Robina railway stations, to the Gold Coast shopping centres Robina Town Centre and Pacific Fair.
Bond offers private or shared accommodation on-campus and provides accommodation services for those seeking off-campus accommodation.
The John and Alison Kearney Library services the University in two locations on campus, the Main Library and the Law Library.
- Bond Business School
- Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
- Faculty of Society & Design
- Abedian School of Architecture
- School of Psychology
4. Faculty of Law
Sports teams in national and state-level competitions based at Bond include the Queensland Country team that plays in the National Rugby Championship, the Bond University Breakers rugby club that plays in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition, and the Bond University Bullsharks club that plays in the Queensland Football Association Division 1 (QFA Division 1) competition.
Facilities on campus include:
- 50 metre Olympic Waveless Swimming Pool
- Boxing Circuit Training Room
- Golf and Cricket Practice Nets
- AFL, Rugby and Soccer Fields
- Sauna and Spa
- TRX Suspension Training Studio
- Sports Hall
- Squash Courts
- Tennis Courts
- Weights Room