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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Our commitment to sustainability

On July 9, 2019, Bond University became the first private, independent university in the Pacific region to be accepted as a signatory to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are outlined in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and serve as an ‘urgent call to action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership’. The goals and their related targets have been designed in an effort to create tangible and harmonious global change across areas such as poverty, education, healthcare, inequality, and climate change. As we race against a 2030 timeline, these SDGs provide nations and organisations with actionable ways to reform and shape their sustainability practices.  

At Bond, we are committed to aligning our values and practices with this framework, and to harnessing the significant influence universities and higher education institutions have to impact both national and global sustainability efforts. As a university, we are not only capable of contributing knowledge and solutions that directly reflect these SDGs, but also inspiring the next generation of changemakers through innovative programs, initiatives and opportunities.  

We value everyone’s contribution to supporting the Sustainable Development Goals, and recognise the important role our staff, students, alumni, and partners have in working collectively towards the goals.  

Our commitment in action

The University designs and supports a wide variety of initiatives intended to address each of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These range from supporting education reform in developing nations to creating equitable opportunities for Indigenous peoples, championing women’s leadership, developing sustainable practices and sustainable infrastructure, and so much more.  

Transforming the future

Transforming the future

To keep up with our rapidly-changing world, the students of today need to learn the skills of tomorrow – enter Bond’s cross-disciplinary Transformation degrees. With subjects informed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, these programs are designed for big thinkers who want to effect lasting change in their sector of choice.  

Graduates will emerge with a new capacity to influence healthcare, entrepreneurship, technology or law – or perhaps another industry entirely – and will be equipped to problem-solve, communicate effectively, and ultimately, enact change in line with the SDGs.  

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Central to the UN SDGs is sustainability – the drive and desire to safeguard our world from the devastating effects of climate change, global warming, pollution, rising sea levels and other imminent change. So, it is no surprise that sustainability is also at the heart of our University and informs every aspect of our operations. Since 2005, when we adapted our focus to include programs and initiatives that champion sustainability, we have been leading the way and setting the benchmark for environmentalism in education. This is reflected in so many ways, from our world-first climate law specialisation to the Society & Design Precinct, which values sustainability at its core – and this focus is only growing by the day.  

Indigenous engagement

At Bond, we are committed to creating opportunities that uplift, support and benefit our Indigenous community, and consequently, these initiatives flow into a number of the SDGs. Every year, the University hosts its Indigenous Gala to raise critical funds to support our Indigenous Scholarship Program. This initiative has raised more than $3.2 million for scholarships, grants and bursaries since 2010. We also host the nation's largest private collection of Indigenous artwork on public display, generously provided by art collector and patron Dr Patrick Corrigan AM. 

Our Indigenous students also benefit from full use of the Nyombil Centre, a dedicated resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students providing academic support, mentorship from Indigenous staff, and connection with community. 

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In 2020, Bond ranked in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings for Sustainable Development Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-being.  

Discover what's happening

Keep up to date with the latest initiatives being run at and around the University that directly support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  

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