It was all in the family for Ephraim Cooper and his son Ephraim George Cooper at the October 2013 Bond University graduation ceremony.
Mr Cooper graduated from the Executive MBA program while his son graduated with a Bachelor of Business degree with an International Business major.
Mr Cooper, an architect who was a director in a very successful architectural and engineering company in Dubai and throughout all of the Middle East, returned to Australia to set up a new business venture with his family and enrolled in the Executive MBA program at Bond University to increase his executive business skills.
The business involves a number of different products in the energy and sustainability market. This includes one which he actually sold to Bond University for air-conditioning the Medical School, which will reduce their power bills.
As well as being involved in business, the whole family is taking enthusiastically to study at Bond University. His other son, Ezekiel, is also doing a Bachelor of Business with an Entrepreneurship major and expects to graduate in February next year. Mr Cooper’s son-in-law, Paul Lachlan Fa’oa who is married to his daughter Alicia, is also studying at Bond and is doing a Bachelor of Business with a Management major and will graduate in May next year.
Mr Cooper said he is grateful to have all of his sons study at Bond and that he will always be a great supporter of the university.
"I'm especially proud to have graduated with one of my sons, which is a rare occurrence," he said.
“One of the main reasons why we chose to study at Bond was because of the short time it takes to get through a full degree.
“As a family, we are glad we chose to study at Bond and we have been very impressed with the quality of teaching and the excellent level of support available which has made all the difference in helping us succeed through our studies.”