Bond University is Australia’s leading university for student experience and student retention.
In the latest issue of the Good Universities Guide, the Gold Coast-based, private, non-profit university achieved the maximum five-star rating for student retention, student teacher ratio, learner engagement, learning resources, skills development, student support, teaching quality and overall student experience. On a global scale, QS Stars awarded Bond the maximum five-star rating for its teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.
Bond’s stand-out performance in the national and international rankings is a reflection of its founding principle to disrupt the status quo and do things differently.
Since the university opened in 1989, Bond has pioneered the trimester system so its graduates complete their bachelor degrees in just two years, instead of three. They are out in the workforce earning much earlier than other graduates and are ready for early promotions while their colleagues are just starting out. Rather than teaching in crowded lecture halls or to isolated online students, Bond professors offer a personalised learning experience. They not only know their students by name, but understand their ambitions and mentor their progress.
Bond also believes that university should offer much more than a degree – so they have developed only-at-Bond experiences like core subjects to develop communication and leadership skills, the Transformer program to encourage entrepreneurship, and Beyond Bond which provides opportunities to engage with the wider global community through internships, clinical placements, volunteering, social welfare projects, competitions, conferences and more.
From January 2020 Bond will offer a new suite of transformation degree programs – spanning legal, health, digital and entrepreneurial transformation – to equip students for jobs of the future by teaching them design thinking, information analysis, problem-solving and change management.
Bond stands out from the crowd by ensuring its students and graduates stand out from the crowd: in the classroom, on campus and to prospective employers who are looking for job applicants that offer something more.
KEY STUDY AREAS: actuarial science; architecture and built environment; business and commerce; communication and creative media; health sciences; hotel/tourism; international relations and humanities; law, medicine; social sciences; psychology and counselling; and sport.