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Bond University history & architecture

Bond University history

On May 15, 1989, Bond University welcomed its first cohort of 322 students at its brand new, state-of-the-art campus on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

The vision for Australia’s first private, not-for-profit university, was to provide an exclusive educational experience consisting of the highest international standards, under the tutelage of the country’s leading academics.When those foundation students graduated as ‘Class of 89’, they were quickly recruited by some of Australia’s most successful corporations. The graduates' subsequent achievements in the workplace firmly established the Bond reputation for excellence.

In the past 30 years the university has grown to become one of Australia’s leading universities with disciplines including medicine, architecture and health sciences. 

Our students have achieved on the global stage, successfully challenging the most prestigious institutions from the USA, UK, Europe and Asia, in high-profile international competitions.

Bond has achieved far beyond all expectations, meeting every challenge with the unbridled spirit of determination and innovation that equally exemplifies its graduates.

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Bond University architecture

Arata Isozaki, a Japanese architect of international repute, designed the Arch building which houses the Library and the Faculty of Society and Design in two wings. The West and East Wings are linked by a two storey arch, housing academic and administration offices. The building looks out onto Lake Orr, a man-made lake.

Local Helidon sandstone cladding, quarried east of Toowoomba covers the arch. This was chosen to create a look of beauty and permanence with its distinctive contours, colours and lifespan. Approximately 10,000 square metres of quarry tiles are used for walkways on campus together with 10,000 square metres of paving stones from Victoria for internal roadways.

The University bell tower commands the Northern corner of the Business Faculty building. At the top of the tower are nine brass bells, cast at the Royal Eijsbouts Foundry in Holland in 1989. The bells are a slightly different shape from traditional bells, which gives them the ability to play tunes in a major rather than a minor key. These are the first bells of this type to be hung in Australia.

These bells are linked to an electronic system which allows staff to program them to play different tunes at pre-arranged times each day.

The Business Faculty building has four levels and is across the piazza from the Law Faculty building which is a mirror image. In place of the bells is a clock, which sets off bell ringing at certain times of the day.

A main focal point of the campus is the distinctively shaped lake which provides spectacular reflections by day and night and has an amphitheatre for outdoor concerts and other activities. A series of steps provides seating while the lawns provide a green belt where students can socialise.