Bond University Highschool Model United Nations
On October 12, 2017 the Inaugural Bond University High School Model UN competition will be taking place at the Bond University Campus. A Model UN, or MUN, is a simulation-based learning exercise that will see student delegates adopt the persona of an allocated country and subsequently represent that country during a simulation of UN proceedings.
To register your expression of interest, please email BUHMUN@bond.edu.au.
About the program
The Bachelor of International Relations aims to prepare students for a career in a globalised economy. Global and regional interdependence means that no nation – least of all Australia – is unaffected by developments beyond its borders. National survival is now based on international orientation; businesses, governments and organisations need people equipped not only with relevant professional skills, but also with competencies in international relations.
Graduates of this program will have a global perspective which will suit their areas of interest and professional goals whilst having developed the skill base necessary to operate in a global environment. Graduates could expect to find employment in Defence, Diplomacy, Foreign Affairs, International Business, Media, Trade.
The Bachelor of International Relations program comprises 24 subjects, as follows:
University core subjects (3)
- CORE11-001 Critical Thinking and Communication (CORE 1)
- CORE11-002 Leadership and Team Dynamics (CORE 2)
- CORE11-003 Ethical Thought and Action (CORE 3)
Students must choose two (2) of the following majors:
International Relations (6)
The major comprises six (6) subjects drawn from the list of INTR subjects.
International Diplomacy (6)
The major comprises of six (6) subjects and must include:
- Introduction to International Relations (INTR11-100)
- Introduction to Geopolitics (INTR11-101)
- Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (INTR13-309)
plus three (3) of the following:
- Australian Public and Foreign Policy (INTR12-200)
- Strategic China (INTR13-301)
- The United Nations (INTR12-203)
- East-West International Diplomacy (INTR12-210)
- Global Development: Theory and Practice (INTR12-213)
- Strategic India (INTR12-201)
- International Relations Practicum (INTR13-700)
OR two (2) subjects drawn from the list above plus one Foreign Language subject.
Global Governance and Regional Politics (6)
The major comprises of six (6) subjects and must include:
- The United Nations (INTR12-203)
Plus four (4) subjects drawn from the following:
- Introduction to International Relations (INTR11-100)
- Introduction to Geopolitics (INTR11-101)
- Strategic India (INTR12-201)
- East-West International Diplomacy (INTR12-210)
- Latin America in the International System (INTR12-221)
- Strategic China (INTR13-301)
- Eurasia (INTR13-304)
- Australia & the Asia-Pacific (INTR13-305)
Students must choose nine (9) elective subjects of which at least five (5) must come from the Faculty of Society & Design list of undergraduate subjects.
To fulfil your student visa requirements, you will need to enrol in 40 credit points per semester.
Most students undertake four (4) subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points). You may however, enrol in fewer subjects and extend your degree over a longer period.
Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.
Year 12 school leaver
Bond University requires the successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent for entry to Bachelor level programs. Bond does not rely solely on the Overall Position (OP) or the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Rather, a range of criteria are also considered such as extracurricular activities and personal attributes, including outstanding leadership qualities and community involvement.
International Secondary School students
For more information for International Students, including the International Baccalaureate, please go to the International Secondary School equivalency page.
Alternative entry pathways
For those applicants who do not currently have the required academic qualifications, there are a number of alternative entry pathways:
- Bond University Tertiary Preparation programs
- Bond University Diploma programs
- Other institutional Tertiary Preparation Programs
- Vocational education and training qualifications (Certificate IV and above)
- Prior higher education experience (at this university or another)
- Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
- Professional or para-professional qualifications/experience
- Employment experience verified by a statement of service from the employer stating the position title and length of service and a very brief statement on the tasks undertaken.
For more information on what is required please visit our how to apply page.
English language proficiency requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.
Credit for prior study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information
How to apply
2017 WorldMUN - Montréal highlights
How did I get into BondMUNS? I have been participating in Model UN since I started at Bond. I then went on to be on BUUNSA, have been to two AMUNCs and participated and chaired the MUNC Revolution with Professor Mark Dinnen. Professor Dinnen has championed the BondMUNS initiative to strengthen the skill set of international relations students through practical simulation and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunities he has presented.
The World Model United Nations Conference (WorldMUN) schedule was packed into five days including the official opening and closing ceremonies in which we heard keynote speeches from prominent international affairs experts, four days of committee sessions debating out allocated issues and still finding the time for social and networking events.
Bond University was asked to represent the country of South Sudan across three committees. I was representing South Sudan with Martin Campbell on the First General Assembly, that has the mandate of Disarmament and International Security. We debated the incredibly complex and nuanced issue of the security challenges presented by women's roles in armed conflict. A unique feature of WorldMUN is that the committees seek to represent as many Member States as possible, putting Martin and I on a committee with 150 other delegations. Committee sessions were challenging due to the many delegations present but also because of the vast array of foreign policies that needed to be reconciled in the drafting of resolutions. Despite sometimes missing the opportunity to speak, Martin and I found other opportunities to engage, such as through informal discussions with other delegates and worked hard in amending resolutions to match the state interests of developing countries. We had the invaluable opportunity to meet students from around the world from France to Venezuela, and Japan to Iran and many more in between. The intercultural skill to create rapport with people from across the world is becoming increasingly important and WorldMUN provides an incredible platform to develop that skill.
Visiting New York City in the first place was a dream come true. However, having a tour of the United Nations, sitting in on an expert panel for the Commission of Status of Women, meeting the former Assistant Secretary General Elizabeth Lindenmayer and the Australian Ambassador to the UN was surreal. In just a few busy days we had dined and held meetings with some of the most brilliant minds in International Relations, many which were facilitated by incredible Bond Uni Alumni.
There is an overwhelming feeling of standing in the UN Security Council, knowing the discussions that had been had inside those walls and the decisions that have been made. We travelled onto Washington DC for meetings at the Australian Embassy to the USA, a tour of Congress, the many Smithsonian museums and memorials along the National Mall. There was certainly a buzz in Washington on our arrival as we toured Congress the day President Trump was attempting to pass his controversial health care bill. This provided such a unique insight into USA politics and helped us gain an appreciation for the nuances of their political system.
WorldMUN’s motto is ‘Where Worlds Meet and Cultures Unite’. This motto truly manifested in my experience on this trip. We had many occasions to meet new people and gain a stronger appreciation for other countries. We formed connections with students from across the world, making our collective experience more valuable. I had the pleasure of meeting up with a student I met at the JUEMUN Conference last year in Kyoto. Kanako is a student from Kindai University who then introduced us to the rest of her delegation and we spent much of our time off sharing experiences from our very different backgrounds. While the significance of visiting the UN, Washington DC and meeting remarkable experts was incredible, it was these smaller moments, creating friendships, that made this trip so memorable.
2016 JUEMUN - Japan highlights
Japan is a high context culture that places deep emphasis on relationships and the closeness of human connection. While this may be taught by academics or read in books, it can only truly be understood though face-to-face interaction. Last week I was in Kyoto as a part of Bond University’s inaugural delegation to the Japan University Model United Nations (JUEMUN) where I was able to appreciate the importance of international educational exchange in building relationships. Bond University’s participation in JUEMUN is premised on engagement with Japanese students. I was partnered with Kindi University student Yuuki to participate in the Model UN forum. Yuuki and I quickly became friends despite the academic nature of JUEMUN and the cultural differences we faced. Our relationship is just one of the millions that can be formed through educational exchange opportunities.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Japan and Australia. Our countries have since remained steadfast regional partners through trade, cooperation and aligned ideologies. However, our cultures could not be more distinct. Despite Australia’s regional positioning, surrounded by predominately Eastern and high context cultures, we have firmly adopted a Western, low context culture. Japan is often considered the highest on the high context culture index. Its culture is rooted in the past, people are influenced by hierarchies and communication is indirect, ambiguous, reserved and understated. All these features just so happen to be the inverse of my assertive, blunt and forward-thinking personality. Within merely four days, I managed to repeatedly demonstrate my cultural ignorance, stepping on the Tatami mat with shoes on, accepting items with one hand, and forgetting every Japanese word I was taught in Grade 9. However, instead of being offended, my JUEMUN partner and other Japanese participants found my faux pas endearing. Through poorly concealed giggles they leapt at the opportunity to introduce me to the wonders of Japanese culture. Without the human element to this cultural immersion, in the forgiving nature of the Japanese and the self-depreciating humour of the Australian, such cultural differences may have built a divide and not a connection between us.
This is where our countries have missed the incredible opportunity presented by strong educational exchange. The idea of educational exchange as a form of diplomacy has existed for decades as it is fundamentally premised on the notion of sharing information, values and creating relationships. My generation of university students is the first to study in a globalised world and it has never been an easier time to explore cultures. In 1961, Dr Charles Malik, Lebanese academic and diplomat, observed that:
…international cultural relations depends on how much one stands firm on the good of himself; how much one appreciates the good in others; and how much one has the humility, the grace and the self-confidence to enter into creative intercourses with others…
His words were as timely then as they are now; in fact, they may be even timelier. The globalised world has a generation of young people fascinated with exploring the globe, its cultures and its people. This is the perfect climate for Australia to leverage a public diplomacy and soft power approach to international educational exchange to engage and inform individuals in other countries to shape the perceptions of Australia, its policies and its goals.
While Australia certainly hasn’t been oblivious to the power of international exchange as a diplomatic instrument, it has been slow to embrace the opportunity. In 2007, international education was hardly considered by the Senate Inquiry into the nature and conducts of Australia’s public diplomacy and one of the only three Australian universities to make submissions noted that ‘the role and significance of universities in the conduct of Australia’s public diplomacy is poorly articulated and relatively unexplored.’ Despite some scathing criticism, the Government was still slow to respond to recommendations to fully develop international educational opportunities as a part of their public diplomacy strategy. It wasn’t until the re-birth of the New Colombo Plan in 2014 that Australia truly opened itself up to international exchange as a form of public diplomacy. Notably this revisited program now includes Japan as a host country. More recently, the Australian government has made efforts to expand in this area by streamlining international student visa applications on 1 July, and announcing that the 2017 study abroad scholarships will branch out to new Asian countries including seven Japan-specific opportunities. But it cannot stop here. In a world where young people are inspired to meet others from different cultures, particularly in light of Asia’s high context emphasis on relationships, Australia must invest into opportunities to create relationships between people across culture. A public diplomacy approach to Australia’s international educational exchange programs will multiply these opportunities that will solidify Australia’s relationship with Japan and throughout the Eastern cultures of the Asia-Pacific.
Meet our academics
Dr. Caitlin Byrne is senior lecturer of International Relations at Bond University, Gold Coast. Her teaching and research interests include contemporary and public diplomacy, with a special focus on Australia in the Asia-Pacific region, Korea and China. Dr. Byrne is a former research fellow of the University of Southern California's Centre for Public Diplomacy (CPD) and is currently associated with the Australian Studies program at Sun-Yat Sen University, Guangzhou. Her research is published in a range of journals including the Hague Journal of Diplomacy, the Australian Journal of International Affairs, Sport in Society, Exchange: Journal on Public Diplomacy and CPD Perspectives.
Prior to joining Bond University, Dr. Byrne held a range of management and policy roles across government, including with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (1993-2001) and the Queensland Government's Office for Women (2003-2005). She has led major social policy and legislative reform projects including the implementation of Queensland's Adoption Act 2011, and conducted change management projects in the private and community sectors. Dr. Byrne consults on occasion, and is currently working with DFAT in the development of an Australian global alumni engagement strategy. Dr. Byrne is deeply engaged in Queensland's international policy community, including the Australian Institute of International Affairs and has been recently appointed to the Fulbright Selection Committee for Queensland.
Professional admission and memberships
- Australian Institute of International Affairs
- International Studies Association
Dr. Rosita Dellios has been at Bond University since it opened in 1989. She is also a founding member of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies. She lectures and writes on the themes of Chinese defence policy and philosophy, geopolitics, concepts for world order and future trends in global politics.
Her research interests are: China's defence policy, foreign policy and philosophy; the history of imperial China's relations with Southeast Asian kingdoms and early concepts of region. As of 2013, Rosita has published one book on China's defence strategy; co-edited a book on Confucian humanism; co-authored a book on China's quest for global order, published more than 30 book chapters and journal articles (some co-authored); and presented numerous conference papers.
Professional admission and memberships
- International Institute for Strategic Studies, London
- International Studies Association, USA
Dr. R. James Ferguson's teaching areas include international relations, regionalism, and globalisation. He is the Director of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies within the Faculty of Society and Design.
Dr. Ferguson conducts research and publishes in the areas of Asian, Eurasia, European and Australasian International Relations, Eurasian studies, Chinese cultural systems, human and comprehensive security, Islamic governance, and regional organisations. Research has included an emphasis on international regimes, China's view of regional and global order, and emerging patterns of governance for orbital space. Recently, Dr. Ferguson has co-authored the book, China's Quest for Global Order: From Peaceful Rise to Harmonious World, forthcoming from Lexington Books (2012).
He is a member of the International Studies Association (ISA), the refereed International Institute for Strategic Studies (the IISS, London), the International Institute of Development Studies (IIDS) and for several years served as a Council member of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (Queensland). He regularly presents at conferences in Southeast Asia, China, Japan, India, Europe and Australia. He has received grants and fellowships from a number of sources including the ARC, Ford-IDSS, Bond University, and the Visiting Researchers Program, run by the Institute of Liberal Arts, Walailak University (Thailand).
Professional admission and memberships
- Editor, The Culture Mandala and the Research Papers of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies
- Member, International Studies Association and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London)
- Member, International Institue for Strategic Studies (IISS, London)
Dr. Jonathan H. Ping is a scholar in the fields of global political economy, international relations and comparative politics. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and received his PhD from the University of Adelaide. He specialises in the study of statecraft. In this area he has developed the first unifying theory of the middle power concept --hybridisation theory-- as presented in his book Middle Power Statecraft. His most recent book Chinese Engagements focuses on the great power, China. His current research focus is on middle power statecraft theory, great power statecraft theory and a theory of the nature of hegemony in and from Asia.
Dr. Ping has research affiliations with universities globally. He is a Director of the East Asia Security Symposium and Conference held annually at the China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing. He has worked and undertaken research for government and non-government sectors. Dr. Ping teaches courses on Global Political Economy, Global Development and South Asia at Bond University. He engages regularly with the public through newspaper articles, television and radio commentary and presents at seminars and conferences.
Dr. Stuart Murray is an Associate Professor in International Relations at Bond University where he teaches Diplomacy: Theory and Practice, Terrorism, Introduction to International Relations and Politically Motivated Violence. His main research interest is in the theory and practice of diplomacy. He has over fifty-five peer-to-peer publications in this area, is an Associate Editor of the journal Diplomacy & Foreign Policy (Brill Publishers), and is responsible for creating several new fields of research. Of these, Secret Diplomacy and Sports Diplomacy are perhaps the best known. In terms of the latter, he has advised several governments – most recently the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – and more than a few non-state actors, such as the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. As a result of these endeavours, Stuart was made a Fellow at Edinburgh University’s Academy of Sport, the world’s leading think tank concerning sport, international relations, diplomacy, society and culture. Stuart is a world leader in translating academic theory into practice, as well as in terms of inter-disciplinary research. The main driving force of his latest project – the anthropology of diplomacy – is to become the first Diplomatic Studies scholar to explore inter-group relations before the dawn of so-called civilisation
Dr Mark Dinnen is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Bond University, Gold Coast. His teaching responsibilities include Introduction to International Relations, Introduction the Geopolitics, Australian Public & Foreign Policy, and The United Nations. Dr Dinnen’s PhD “The Pandemic Threat: Re-establishing the Utility of Hans Morgenthau’s Classical Realism for 21st Century International Relations” focused on the national power implications of pandemics, past, present, and future for the nation state. After co-creating a simulation software platform, the Global Strategic Operation Centre, Mark was awarded a seed grant from the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching. The grant allowed Dr Dinnen to lead a team of academics who investigated the role of Model UN Conferences in developing employability skills in learners, and the potential for technology to intensify that development. In 2016 the results of Dr Dinnen’s research were published by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.
Dr Dinnen is also the co-ordinator of the Bond University Model UN Team (BondMUNs). BondMUNs was created to provide Bond students with both the skills and support they require to participate in international Model United Nations Conferences.
"Since I can remember, every evening my family has sat together and watched the news. This important ritual was also my first introduction to the world of international relations. Throughout high school I further developed my knowledge and interest in international relations by participating in both debating and Model UN competitions. At the end of year 12 I was fortunate to have the opportunity to represent Australia in the Hague Model United Nations Competition in The Netherlands. Attending this conference confirmed for me that international relations was a field of study I wanted to pursue.
When it came to choosing a university I knew that I wanted to select one that would provide me with a strong theoretical basis coupled with practical experience. I attended Bond University as part of the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship weekend and heard from both students and successful alumni; they all echoed the same sentiment, Bond actively facilitates students gaining real world experience.
Fortunately, I was successful in obtaining a Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship and I have never looked back. From my very first class, I was thrilled with the quality of teaching and the effort to which lecturers and tutors went at Bond to ensure classes were both engaging and informative. For example, in one of my classes we simulated the six party talks between the United States, Russia, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). Further, many of my professors were leaders in their field, from terrorism to diplomacy.
I also made an effort to extend my learning outside the classroom while I was at Bond;
I completed an internship at Amnesty International, working on campaign development and research into contemporary human rights abuses and law reform options.
UNICEF - Young Ambassador
I was also a UNICEF Young Ambassador and implemented campaigns advocating for the rights of children in detention and a campaign calling for constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
Australasian Model United Nations Competition
Further, with Bond’s financial assistance I represented the University at the Australasian Model United Nations Competition along with other members of Bond’s United Nations Society. Not only did we have a wonderful time meeting other like-minded students and enmeshing ourselves in some of the most topical issues in international relations, but we also walked away with numerous best delegate prizes as well as an overall award for best small delegation.
International Day of the Girl - Parliamentary Delegate
I have also been able to participate in political lobbying as a member of Plan International’s International Day of the Girl Parliamentary Delegate. We conducted consultations with young girls from around Australia and put together a report that was presented to Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja, and Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten.
Further, with the University’s support, I was selected as Bond’s inaugural New Colombo Plan Scholar in 2015. With the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, I travelled to China last year and completed a semester of study at Fudan University in Shanghai and an internship at Plan International’s Beijing Office.
I always yearned for the opportunity to travel the world and participate in international conversations that would have long lasting impacts on the trajectory of global politics. I have only had a taste of this thus far but I am so excited to see where my career takes me. If you have the same yearning, a passion for advocacy and diplomacy and an interest in cross-border relations then a degree in international relations is definitely for you!"
Originally from South Africa, Marryum Kahloon grew up in Australia, later studying a dual degree Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), Bachelor of International Relations at Bond University. On top of her above achievements & involvements she was the Australian Delegate at the G(irls)20 Summit in Istanbul, Turkey in 2015. Marryum currently works as the Associate to Justice of the Court of Appeal at Supreme Court of Queensland.
Despite her busy schedule saving the world, Bondie Alumna Carly sheds some light on Why International Relations? and Why Bond University?
Q: Why did you choose to study Bachelor of International Relations? How did you come to realise this field was for you?
A: I chose Bond as it was the only university to offer a specific Bachelor of International Relations, rather than as part of an Arts Degree. The accelerated timeline was also a big selling point for me, as was the half scholarship I was awarded. My decision to study IR was based on not knowing what I wanted to do with my life (like many 17 year olds), other than wanting to see as much of the world as possible, and the wide range of subjects that would be open to me as part of the degree.
Q: What was the best part of your degree? Any defining moments that you can comment on?
A: What I enjoyed most about my time at Bond were the small class sizes and really getting to know the other students and my lecturers. A defining moment for me was in a simulation day in a class about the World Trade Organisation - we had prepared for weeks, and the day was full of negotiations.
Q: What has life been like for you after graduating? What would you describe as your highlight moments in your career and most memorable experiences?
A: My career so far has been an incredible journey, both figuratively and literally, having worked in 20 countries over the last 10 years. As a humanitarian aid worker with International NGOs and the UN, I have seen some of the worst of humanity, but more often, the absolute best of it. I have found time and again that the people who have the least to give are the most generous. My work has taken me to East and South asia, the Middle East, West and East Africa,and the Pacific, to natural disasters and conflict zones, in a wide range of positions. My most memorable experience was running a field office in rural Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis, in which our housing was tents, and our office was an open air hut in 40 degree heat. While it seemed like something went wrong every day, the work my team did with people who were quarantined, and in constructing a new testing centre in the community was absolutely inspiring. I had to negotiate with the military to deliver sufficient water supplies, with the Chiefs on any number of issues, and make sure that all of the staff obeyed the protocols in place to prevent us from contracting Ebola. A tough job for sure, but one I'll never forget!
Q: If you could sum up your experience at Bond as an IR student in a few sentences to someone, what would you say?
A: Studying International Relations at Bond meant being part of a small group of people, many of whom were internationals, who were passionate about making changes in the world. These different passions, whether they be for social justice, environmentalism, or public health, made our discussions and debates both in (and out of) class fiery, interesting and really fun to be a part of.
Q: Based on your vast wealth of experience, what advice would you give to someone studying or looking to study IR?
My advice for students of IR is to get as much practical experience as you can while studying; it's a competitive world and a degree is not enough! Do an internship, work or volunteer part time in an office environment (it doesn't matter where, but obviously something relevant to where you think you want to work will be more beneficial), learn another language (particularly one of the UN official languages), and most importantly, get out and see the world you want to change!
"The main reason why I decided to study at Bond University was because of its fast-tracked degrees.The small number of student-to-teacher ratio was also very appealing, and the location was, of course, an added bonus!
Studying at Bond was one of the best decisions I have made so far. The facilities in the university are amazing and I had access to a range of materials and resources necessary to help me successfully complete my degree. To compliment this, the lecturers and tutors were very helpful, supportive and willing to take time to meet and assist with any queries I had, which could also be due to the small number of students. It was stressful at times with the fast-tracked study, especially when it came to juggling assignments that were due around the same time.
The social life at Bond is one of the best I have come across. I met so many wonderful people, some of whom I have built lasting relationships with, by attending the various events and social functions that were organised by BUSA and the other student clubs, and by being the President of the Bond African Students’ Association. Also, because there is such a small number of students, you get to know and become familiar with the faces you see around campus.
I am currently a Project Officer at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. I work in the International Relations and Regional Statistical Development section of the ABS, where I work on the Timor-Leste program and provide support to the section and its various programs. Bond University prepared me for this role, especially when it comes to writing reports and doing presentations (which I did a lot of at Bond!).
Bond is a smaller university, in terms of the number of students. This makes a huge difference when it comes to having access to lecturers and or tutors. Another difference is the vast cultural differences at Bond. I have met and become friends with individuals from so many different parts of the world that I would have otherwise not met. You are able to form close relationships and get to know a lot of people. The students are friendly, engaging and keen to learn about the different cultures. You basically go to the university as strangers, and leave as close friends and or acquaintances.
As an alumna of the university, I would definitely recommend the university to anyone because it is an amazing place, filled with amazing people and opportunities. The facilities, staff, social life and location make it an ideal place to study."
At Bond University, I studied a Bachelors of International Relations, with majors in Spanish Language and International Business. I chose Bond first and foremost because of its diversity and global approach – I loved the idea of a very international student body and faculty, and the international perspective that comes with that. I also liked that Bond offered a fast-paced course of study and small, focused classes.
What I liked best about Bond was definitely the people. From the world-class professors, to fellow students I met from so many different countries, cultures, and walks of life. Bond opened my eyes to a bigger, more exciting world and it’s forever shaped my expectations of life and work for the better – always making me strive for more.
In my role I drive communications, brand and marketing work that’s focused on supporting LeapFrog’s core activity - making ethical investments in emerging markets. I also provide communications counsel to the companies we invest in, across Africa and Asia. We’re creating a new model of investing that’s focused on unlocking the power of the private sector for social impact – and having studied international development as part of my degree, this work really excites me. I started with our firm in Sydney and am now based in London, and I often travel to the markets we work in. I also channel my passion for development via a brand I launched – Humanité Skincare – which offers Fairtrade-certified skincare from producers in developing markets.
Bond taught me to think globally, which I can’t rate highly enough. My degree in international relations provided me with expertise in areas such as problem solving, analytical thinking, and writing, which I draw on regularly. Importantly, majoring in International Business has equipped me with the tools I need for work in the private sector – an increasingly important actor in the world of development!
Bond is more global, more focused, and teaches you to challenge yourself and strive for a better you – academically, professionally, and personally. Also, because you are completing your degree in a shorter time period, it encourages you to take responsibility and use initiative in a way that better prepares you for success after university. I highly recommend studying at Bond. Bond goes beyond just teaching you the skills you need for your profession; it encourages you to think bigger, to think global, and it introduces you to an incredible network of people.
I completed a Bachelor of International Relations at Bond University. When I completed high school I was originally enrolled in a Bachelor of Psychology. I deferred to take a gap year in Europe and before I knew it I had been living and travelling abroad for six years and had set foot in almost 50 countries. When I returned my interest in language, politics and international relations made me realise what I really wanted to do. The rest is history.
Bond University just made everything so easy. My decision to enrol was rather late, when I approached other local universities I discovered I would have to wait a long time to enrol, Bond on the other hand said if I submitted my application and was successful, I could start the next week. It was incredible. On top of this I was also really excited to do the degree intensively over two years instead of three or four.
I think the courses that were included in the program were really well selected. There were multiple streams so you could focus on regions or topics of choice. I drifted more toward international trade, security and East Asia. I loved that I wasn’t only going to learn about hard power, realism and traditional security. It was so beneficial to get a broader understanding of international political economy and non-traditional security. I feel the courses and faculty were diverse in specialisation and allowed for this. I loved having electives and decided to use them to start learning Mandarin. This played a big role in my decision to undertake further study. In 2013, I moved to Beijing and studied a Master of International Affairs.
I loved the intense programming at Bond, having the ability to squeeze a full degree into two years was amazing! Mostly, I loved the community feeling, the relaxed campus and the smaller class sizes. I had lecturers that really cared about my progress and future goals. I really loved the international student body, also. Diversity is important, especially if you are studying international relations.
When I started studying at Bond I was a little apprehensive. After a few weeks I settled in really quickly and realised university life, especially on the Gold Coast, was not so daunting. The small student body meant that you always made friends fast. There are always familiar faces around and I think just being in such a sunny relaxed location makes everyone more amicable. Bond has really great facilities, such as an onsite gym, amazing study spaces and technology rooms. I loved the teaching environment, the classes were smaller and diversity in the classroom was amazing. I made a lot of international friends that I am still in contact with today.
While I was studying I worked part time as a Researcher and Creative Assistant at an occupational health and safety organisation. I was also the Treasurer of Bond University’s Student Philanthropy Council. This was a really amazing experience, led by students. The Philanthropy Council was run by a handful of students and the greater team consisted of about ten to twelve volunteers. I had to go through a typical written application process and then an interview with the leading group at the time. In the time I was Treasurer we opened an on campus store where students could buy Bond apparel. All proceeds went to funding our programming, including our flagship Kunanurra Project.
I think when you are applying for any professional job post-study, organisations really appreciate your ability to demonstrate some experience in applying what you have been learning. Working at the Philanthropy Council was a good example of being able to juggle study and extracurricular activities, as well as demonstrating commitment to a worthy community cause. Working as Treasurer also showed my leadership ability, accountability and planning acumen.
At the moment my main position is with New York University, but I do my best to stay as active as possible with a range of other jobs/engagements such as the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Wikistrat, GLG, and China Cooperative. In my full time role at NYU I work as Program and Communications Coordinator. I mostly work in operations and finance but also assist with academics. The role is really diverse and engaging. It’s great to be around young students starting their own academic journeys. In my other roles I work in research and analysis. China Cooperative is an online platform I started about two years ago with two classmates from my time at University in Beijing. My time at Bond University really taught me to multitask and work to deadlines. I don’t think I could do so much work without this experience.
Bond helped me understand more about higher education and how universities operate. This is central to working for NYU. I try to recreate the same level of excellence that I enjoyed on the Gold Coast. In all the roles I have held since leaving university I would say Bond really helped me to maintain oversight, plan, think critically and execute to a high level. Since leaving Bond I have always held multiple jobs simultaneously even while studying a full time masters. I think studying intensively at Bond and learning these key skills really prepared me to be able to spread myself between engagements without compromising quality of outcomes.
Bond is very different to other universities I have experienced. For example, some universities have a long history and a massive student population. This was very different to Bond, which is young with a small tight-knit student body. Both have their own merits but it is clear that Bond offers something harder to find. Bond allows you to create those intimate relationships, seek extra one on one time with mentors and enjoy being part of creating the history of a young institution.
I would definitely recommend studying at Bond! Where else can you complete a degree so quickly without compromising on quality? Bond offers a relaxed, supportive community with world class instructors, all within minutes’ drive to the world’s best beaches. I would also recommend studying international relations, as it is behind everything we do and see on a daily basis. It’s incredibly exciting to scratch away at world systems and be part of something so diverse. The Faculty of Society and Design at Bond have some of the best teachers I have interacted with, some pushing me further than expected and always reliable for advice and conversations, even now, almost five years since I have graduated.
I decided to study a Bachelor of International Relations at Bond University, as I was sold and mesmerised by the campus, sporting facilities and small class sizes when I attended the Open Day in 2011. I knew that I could see that place being called home for me. What I liked best about studying at Bond is that everyone was like family. We grind hard to study together and we know how to have fun together. The Bond experience is like no other. There was never a day where I could walk around campus without knowing anyone and will always have someone to have a chat with.
I am currently employed with Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp). Malaysia’s largest infrastructure project. I am currently a Junior Executive in the Strategic Communications & Stakeholder Relations Division, in the Corporate Communications Department. This is my first job upon graduating. My main responsibilities are writing up news articles for the MRT quarterly produced newsletter and responsible for the Annual Progress Report. In addition to that, I also provide content and create the write ups for the official MRT Corp website and social media platforms. Dealing with the media and assisting in media releases are also my secondary roles at this organisation. I am also the designated Master of Ceremony for company events that is organised both internally and externally that include Malaysian Ministers.
When I studied a Bachelor of International Relations at Bond, the University experience has helped me increase in my proficiency of writing. Even though I am currently doing public relation work, the amount of writing that I had done previously has enabled me to succeed easily at my job. My International Relations degree also had many electives, for which I chose many PR related subjects that has helped me today. The opportunity to gain knowledge from another field of study that was offered at Bond helped me to where I am today. The 10 weeks a year holidays that we get at Bond has enabled me to transition to the workforce and not be mentally and physically strained by work life.
I felt that the Bond difference comes down to the facilities and educators. I am not sure if other Universities can offer the facilities that Bond has and educators who are not only excellent at their job but also have a human-centric personality. I definitely recommend studying at Bond! The experience is like no other University and that the fact that you can get an excellent balance of studying, sporting life and be sociable, is ideal for anyone!
Q&A with Alessandro Benedetti
Q: What motivated you to study International Relations?
A: "I have always wanted to be able to understand the challenges and problems facing humanity in the 21st century. In my teenage years I have always been fascinated by the work of the United Nations, conflict resolution, development and international diplomacy. When I enrolled at Bond I knew I wanted to study something that would have given me the opportunity of making a change, of leaving a mark. International relations has provided me with an all-round understanding of the challenges and opportunities of a globalising world and a unique foundation for my future career.
Studying a Bachelor of International Relations at Bond is a mind opening experience. I have met an amazing team of professors with real life experience that have been able to give me not only theoretical knowledge but also enrich my learning with real-life practical experience and have been able to encourage and challenge my thinking. This course has expanded my understanding of international conflict and cooperation, of global trends and challenges, of development, human security and international diplomatic dialogue and ultimately it has given me a deeper understanding of the world in which I live. At the end of my studies I know I will have a wide arrange of work choices ranging from international organisations to news media, from trade to human rights.
I’d recommend/encourage the study of IR because in a world that is rapidly changing it gives you the opportunity to be the driver of that change. If you always had a passion to learn and you want to make the world your oyster this degree will give you all the skills and qualities to open the many doors and opportunities of a bright future.”
As most senior school graduates, I was a little nervous about making the transition from school to university, but I have to say I am loving everything about university life – the people, the culture and the opportunities.
I'm looking forward to my exchange semester I'm doing through Bond in England this year! To be honest it's a mixture of excitement and nervousness. But I can't wait!
The Gold Coast was a brilliant place to grow up and it has provided many unique school and sporting opportunities. The balmy weather has allowed me to pursue my passion for triathlon, and I spend much of my spare time swimming, cycling or running around the Coast with my triathlon squad, who are just like a second family.
I have travelled extensively throughout Australia, either camping or hiking but I have also experienced the different cultures overseas as well. One of my favourite places in the world is Tanzania, Africa. I volunteered in an orphanage and school for a month in Tanzania and the entire expedition was quite pivotal in my decision to study Law and International Relations. I was profoundly affected by the plight of the children in Africa and an ambition of mine is to make a difference in their life and living conditions.
I’m a determined person and love a challenge. I am so grateful for all the opportunities I have been afforded!