30 years of Bond University


Back in the 1980s, a cohort of Gold Coast business, community and government leaders dared to challenge the status quo. “What would tertiary education look like if it was designed and delivered by a fully independent, private institution?” they asked.

Their blue sky vision included small, personalised classes where students would be mentored by world-class academics; an Ivy League style campus equipped with the best-of-the-best resources and facilities; a place where students from the Gold Coast would meet others from around Australia and all over the world, forming business connections and friendships that would last a lifetime.

Programs would be developed and delivered in partnership with industry, reflecting not just the workplace of today but the emerging trends and technologies of tomorrow. Instead of two semesters a year, Bond’s calendar would schedule three so students could finish sooner and be out in the workplace ahead of their competitors.

Thirty years down the track, 26,000 graduates have proven the success of the Bond University formula. They’ve forged high-flying careers, working in more than 100 countries worldwide and in some of the world’s most innovative start-ups, largest corporations and government organisations.

Celebration program

Join us in celebrating our 30th anniversary by attending one of our many events.

Monday, 8 AprilSculpture launch
Monday, 15 AprilRaising of the 30th Anniversary Flag
Monday, 13 MayGrand Opening of the Health Sciences & Medicine Building
Wednesday, 15 MayFoundation Day
Thursday, 16 MayAlumni Awards
Friday, 17 MayAlumni Leaders Forum
Friday, 17 MayBond University Heritage Trail Walk
Friday, 17 MayFamily and Friends Festival
Saturday, 18 MayPublic Lectures
Saturday, 18 MayRugby and AFL Home Games
Saturday, 18 May30th Anniversary Gala Ball
Wednesday, 19 JuneLaunch of the Institute of Evidence-Based Healthcare
Thursday, 20 JuneOpening of the Aquatic Centre

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Unveiling Bond’s 30th anniversary sculpture

Unveiling Bond’s 30th anniversary sculpture

To commemorate and celebrate Bond University’s 30th anniversary, Vice Chancellor and President Professor Tim Brailsford unveiled the 30th anniversary sculpture, titled Limitless, under the Arch. Spanning 6.5 metres high and 3 metres wide, Limitless was designed by sculptor Ian Haggerty. Read more

Bond celebrates 30 years

30th anniversary countdown

We’re counting down to Bond’s 30th anniversary celebrations by taking a stroll down memory lane. Follow our posts on Instagram for fun facts, flashbacks and festivities.