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Steel city export fired up by education on the Gold Coast

26/09/2022

The Gold Coast is a long way from the steel city of Jamshedpur in India, where Pooja Jaiswal was born and raised.

The 21-year-old enrolled in a Bachelor of Health Sciences with Bond University and was studying online until this year, when the pandemic subsided enough for her to make her life-changing move Down Under.

Pooja says that campus life has fired her passion for study and awakened a new-found confidence in herself.

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Finding Common Ground

23/09/2022

Vivianne Wang’s life has changed dramatically since she left her native China a few years ago. Originally from Beijing, Vivianne worked as a business project manager for a state-owned corporation before relocating to the Gold Coast.

“I was leading a highly stressful life in China. I feel a greater sense of freedom here. There is a fairness of living, studying and working here that I could never have in China. Here I have more time to do everything – contemplate ideas, live a better life and realise my potential.”

Vivi was initially drawn to Australia because of its favourable climate and friendly people, a place she feels provides a great environment for international students.

“It was my education agent that sold me on the Gold Coast and I’ve never regretted it. As a mature aged international student I know how incredible the Gold Coast is and I cherish every opportunity I’ve had here. I get up every morning and swim in the sea, I also do yoga. It’s the perfect lifestyle for me. Coming here is the best decision I’ve ever made,” Vivianne says.

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Advanced Manufacturing Opens Career Opportunities

19/09/2022

Study Gold Coast’s Careers Alliance Network connects professional career influencers with industry to leverage and optimise career pathways for students. The program widens the scope of employment options for students and graduates through the creation of professional networking and partnership development opportunities.

The most recent Careers Alliance event focused on the Gold Coast’s advanced manufacturing sector and was held at the Australian Industry Trade College, an industry established institution that helps young people to pursue their chosen careers through apprenticeships and traineeships.   

Representatives from three Gold Coast based advanced manufacturers were guest speakers at the event, all shedding light on their businesses and the career opportunities in their industries.

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To Surf With Love

06/09/2022

After qualifying as a teacher in Japan, Ryo Sekido chose Bond University on the Gold Coast to study for his Master of Arts TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), so that he could teach English in Japanese classrooms.

Ryo arrived in Australia midway through 2021, completed the one-year program at Bond and recently returned to Japan, but he took home an extra, unexpected skill… surfing! Ryo tried it for the first time on the Gold Coast and has only one word to describe it: “Awesome!”

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Bangladeshi Student Comes Out of Her Shell

31/08/2022

Born and raised in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, Maliha Arosha Hasan moved to the Gold Coast to study economics at Griffith University in late 2018. After a pandemic-caused disruption, the 23-year-old is now in the final year of her degree.

While studying on the Gold Coast, Maliha has written feature articles for her hometown’s metro newspaper to share her experiences and offer advice for students wanting to study in Australia.

"Primarily, I chose this degree because I wanted to study economics and this degree provided the option to major in economics. The Gold Coast choice was mostly because of the campus. I absolutely love how vibrant, lively and colourful the Griffith campus is on the Coast. It has so much to offer, not to mention the Gold Coast is amazing with all its beautiful beaches. It has a very relaxing aura to it," Maliha says.

 

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Experience News

Food For Thought

18/07/2022

One of the most enlightening and rewarding experiences through the Mayor’s Student Ambassador Program is with OzHarvest. Students begin the day with an overview of the charity and its origins, and that includes some cold hard facts about food waste and its cost to the community.

The first real eye opener is the amount of food wasted in this country. One in every five grocery bags purchased in Australia ultimately ends up in the bin. That equates to $3,800 worth of groceries wasted per household every year, but not all waste can be solely attributed to consumers. For example, 40% of all bananas grown in Australia are thrown away. Some are discarded at the farm due to cosmetic imperfections and the demands from supermarkets for superior fruit, while others that make it to households are left to become overripe and are then tossed away.

Perhaps the most shocking aspect about food waste is the realisation that it is a major contributor to climate change. It’s estimated that waste is responsible for eight percent of global emissions. 

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Jellurgal Experience

29/04/2022

Developing an understanding of local culture, particularly indigenous culture, is one of the primary interests for international students when they come to study here, so it’s no surprise that the opportunity to visit the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre was a keenly anticipated experience for our new cohort of Mayor’s Student Ambassadors.

The 2022 Ambassadors are like a microcosm of the wider Gold Coast student community, reflecting a broad base of cultural backgrounds, including German, Filipino, Czech, Chinese, French, Colombian, Greek, Swedish, South African, Brazilian, Korean, Mauritian, and of course Australian. For many of these students this is their first encounter with indigenous Australian culture, so there were many questions for their aboriginal hosts.

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Entries Open For Bond's Film Awards

17/08/2021

For Perth filmmaker Mia Erskine, the long journey to Bond University on the Gold Coast began with a single step. That step was entering the Bond University Film & Television Awards (BUFTA), ending with the talented teen taking out top prize at last year’s awards, receiving a full scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond.

This year’s up-and-coming high school filmmakers have the opportunity to follow in Ms Erskine’s footsteps, with entries for this year’s BUFTA awards now open.

Ms Erskine’s winning film, Funhouse! With Ditzy the Clown and Friends, was a comedy set behind the scenes of a children’s entertainment television show. It won both the comedy and screenwriting categories, as well as the main prize, at last year’s awards.

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Putting Your Hand Up To Help Out

09/08/2021

It’s National Student Volunteer Week, an event that recognises the significant skills, ideas, enthusiasm, creativity, and time that students contribute through volunteering. There are many reasons why students choose to volunteer – some do it for experience in a sector where they may want to pursue a career, others do it because they want to connect with a wider group of people, and others do it simply because they love it! Regardless of the reasons why students choose to do it, all volunteers agree that it is an immensely rewarding experience.

Volunteering is proving to be increasingly popular among international students, which on the surface may seem unusual, given that they didn’t grow up in Australia and generally have no vested interests here apart from gaining an education. Yet many are so grateful for the opportunity to study here and are keen to volunteer because they want to give back to their adopted communities. It’s also a great way to meet a wider cross section of people outside of their academic institutions and student groups.

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Student Talent Creates Hit Record

09/04/2021

When local Gold Coast radio personality, Christo was challenged by country music star Casey Barnes to produce a country song in just three minutes he turned to TAFE Queensland for help. The 102.9 Hot Tomato breakfast show host collaborated with music and sound production students from TAFE Queensland’s Coomera campus to record the vocals, play instruments and input creative direction to produce a high quality track in one of the campus recording studios. 

Within weeks of it being officially released, the song titled ‘I Don’t Care (I Want My Dog Back)’ hit #3 on the Australian iTunes Country Music Chart behind global superstars Keith Urban and Dolly Parton. 

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Innovation News

Sustainable Futures In Education

28/07/2022

Australia’s first sustainable vocational education and training campus has just opened at Robina on the Gold Coast. Contemporary environmental design and construction practices were utilised throughout the building, including 250 solar panels, sensor activated lighting, a rainwater-fed automated irrigation system, as well as recycled materials and ecological finishes.

Speaking at the launch of their fourth Gold Coast campus TAFE Queensland’s Karen Dickenson said the facility was designed from the ground up to be sustainable, including the suppliers and contractors who worked on the project.

“We’ve embedded sustainability into the building, in the construction, in the fit-out and into everything you see around you… even the course curriculum - they all have a story of sustainability. This will be a very memorable and rewarding journey for all the students who choose to study here,” the TAFE Gold Coast General Manager said. 

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Big City Lights

02/07/2022

The Gold Coast’s central business district is about to receive a technological facelift courtesy of a new festival of light, design, installation and performance. Big City Lights* is the latest creation by Placemakers, the same people responsible for Bleach* Festival. 

Essentially the buildings in the Southport CBD will become a giant digital canvas with large scale projections, laneway activations and amazing installations reinterpret the city landscape. Artistic Director Rosie Dennis says that when she moved back to the Gold Coast she began to think about how the city had changed and wanted to create a festival to reflect that.

“When I came back three years ago you see the city with fresh eyes. The city sees itself in an entrepreneurial and when you consider the creative potential. I was thinking I wanted to create something that had a direct relationship with place and how the Gold Coast is developing and changing. Big City Lights* lets us do all of those kinds of things by having a conversation with architecture and design in a playful way.”

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Griffith Student Wins Global Design Innovation Award

14/03/2022

Griffith University’s Majed Abuseif has won the People's Choice Award for his Smart Planter Box at the Design Innovation Competition in the United Kingdom.

The design competition is open to both concept projects, as well as realised projects by young design and tech professionals worldwide with the aim of facilitating innovation by challenging the traditional set up of an industry or business through a new method, creative solution or strategy.

The PhD student has been developing his superior green technology concept over the past 2 years and thanked his supervisors Professor Karine Dupre and green infrastructure specialist Ruby Michael, both of Griffith University, for their support of the project.

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Gold Coast Teacher Wins Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching

15/11/2021

Mudgeeraba Creek State School’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) specialist and primary teacher, Megan Hayes has received the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools, in the 2021 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. Mrs Hayes is recognised for her outstanding work in championing the importance of STEM education for primary children, both in her community and at a national level.

As an innovative educator with more than 30 years’ teaching experience, Megan Hayes philosophy is to build the connection between science and its application in the real world for her students. She inspires students to think critically, take risks and become ‘agents of change’ for the future.

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Leading Entrepreneur Transforms Bond Students

13/07/2021

Bond University has recruited one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs to help its students forge their own path to business success.

Stuart Giles, who alongside wife Cathie Reid co-founded Icon Cancer Group, Epic Pharmacy Group and the Epic Good Foundation, has been named as the inaugural Founder in Residence for Bond University’s Transformer entrepreneurship program.

Mr Giles said he was thrilled at the opportunity to contribute to Transformer, a fee-free extracurricular option for all Bond University undergraduate and postgraduate students.

“I’m really excited by the idea of being able to go back to where it all starts and not just give a little back, but maybe play a role in helping younger entrepreneurs at the start of their journey by sharing what I’ve learnt along the way,” he said.

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Study News

Steel city export fired up by education on the Gold Coast

26/09/2022

The Gold Coast is a long way from the steel city of Jamshedpur in India, where Pooja Jaiswal was born and raised.

The 21-year-old enrolled in a Bachelor of Health Sciences with Bond University and was studying online until this year, when the pandemic subsided enough for her to make her life-changing move Down Under.

Pooja says that campus life has fired her passion for study and awakened a new-found confidence in herself.

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To Surf With Love

06/09/2022

After qualifying as a teacher in Japan, Ryo Sekido chose Bond University on the Gold Coast to study for his Master of Arts TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), so that he could teach English in Japanese classrooms.

Ryo arrived in Australia midway through 2021, completed the one-year program at Bond and recently returned to Japan, but he took home an extra, unexpected skill… surfing! Ryo tried it for the first time on the Gold Coast and has only one word to describe it: “Awesome!”

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Bangladeshi Student Comes Out of Her Shell

31/08/2022

Born and raised in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, Maliha Arosha Hasan moved to the Gold Coast to study economics at Griffith University in late 2018. After a pandemic-caused disruption, the 23-year-old is now in the final year of her degree.

While studying on the Gold Coast, Maliha has written feature articles for her hometown’s metro newspaper to share her experiences and offer advice for students wanting to study in Australia.

"Primarily, I chose this degree because I wanted to study economics and this degree provided the option to major in economics. The Gold Coast choice was mostly because of the campus. I absolutely love how vibrant, lively and colourful the Griffith campus is on the Coast. It has so much to offer, not to mention the Gold Coast is amazing with all its beautiful beaches. It has a very relaxing aura to it," Maliha says.

 

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The New Entrepreneurs

25/08/2022

The Gold Coast is a city of opportunity, one that openly and actively encourages an entrepreneurial spirit, and it begins from an early age. There are a number of programs and initiatives designed to nurture that spirit, including the Mayor’s Technology and Innovation Awards.

The competition is open to high school students from years 8 to 12, who work in teams of either two or three to collaborate on an idea that utilises technology to solve a real-world problem that impacts on the local community. There’s no limit on the number of teams that can enter from each school.

Some of the concepts for this year’s awards include an app that maps the location of the city’s defibrillators to make them more accessible and save more lives, while another is a sustainability initiative designed to reduce our carbon footprint by awarding points for groceries and products that are sourced locally and ecologically, operating in a similar way to consumer rewards schemes.

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English Language and an Authentic Aussie Lifestyle

19/08/2022

After finishing high school in southern Germany, Johannes Mayr headed to Australia to do something out of his “comfort zone”. He’s a big surfing fan, so the Gold Coast was an obvious destination. He has already surfed in France, and after he leaves Australia he’ll be doing the same in South Africa. But before that next adventure, he’s got an English course to finish at The Language Academy in Broadbeach.

"I get to speak English every day, which is better than if I did this course in Germany where I would have four hours of speaking English then switch back to German. Here you can reach a much higher level of progress and the teachers at The Language Academy are so helpful, it’s been a great experience."

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Careers News

Finding Common Ground

23/09/2022

Vivianne Wang’s life has changed dramatically since she left her native China a few years ago. Originally from Beijing, Vivianne worked as a business project manager for a state-owned corporation before relocating to the Gold Coast.

“I was leading a highly stressful life in China. I feel a greater sense of freedom here. There is a fairness of living, studying and working here that I could never have in China. Here I have more time to do everything – contemplate ideas, live a better life and realise my potential.”

Vivi was initially drawn to Australia because of its favourable climate and friendly people, a place she feels provides a great environment for international students.

“It was my education agent that sold me on the Gold Coast and I’ve never regretted it. As a mature aged international student I know how incredible the Gold Coast is and I cherish every opportunity I’ve had here. I get up every morning and swim in the sea, I also do yoga. It’s the perfect lifestyle for me. Coming here is the best decision I’ve ever made,” Vivianne says.

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The New Frontier

27/06/2022

Just over a decade ago two brothers had a dream. James and Adam Gilmour wanted to establish a company that could build rockets on the Gold Coast. At the time there was very little to speak of in terms of a space industry in Australia and many doubted that the dream would ever become a reality.

In 2022 the dream is not only a reality, but a thriving enterprise that’s about to launch its first satellite via their hybrid powered propulsion technology. The stellar growth of Gilmour Space Technologies mirrors the space industry domestically, which has literally skyrocketed since the establishment of the Australian Space Agency in 2018.

Through the success of Gilmour Space Technologies a new frontier of career opportunities has opened up on the Gold Coast.

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Kickstart 3.0

11/04/2022

Study Gold Coast recently launched the third incarnation of its graduate accelerator program Kickstart. This year 28 team members from 15 different employers are taking part in the eight month personal development program. Participants will engage in half-day workshops every three weeks, focusing on building skills that will not only benefit themselves but also their employers.

At the launch employers and graduates who had previously participated in the program shared their experiences of how it had transformed their workplaces while providing essential professional skills for graduates.

 

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Soft Skill Development Leads to Success

08/10/2021

Tertiary education provides students with many things – career specific knowledge, technical skills, problem solving capabilities and personal growth among them, but one area not often addressed is the soft skills that make us better professionals in our chosen field. That’s why Study Gold Coast developed Kickstart –  a program specifically designed to provide graduates with practical workplace skills to build their effectiveness within their organisation.

Throughout the Kickstart Program participants receive varied training through experiential learning; practical and interactive workshops; as well as coaching from executive and career co-facilitators with mentoring through the completion of a significant project.

This year was the second time Kickstart had been run, with 20 participants representing 15 employers taking part in the program. Participants delivered their final presentations to an enthusiastic audience this week, with their employers proudly looking on. Employees and their employers were universally effusive in their praise for the program, with all parties recognising the mutual benefits from the experience.  

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Career Ambition Holds No Bars

08/10/2021

Josh Apanui’s first contact with the justice system was as an offender. But now, fuelled by a desire to give back to his community and to break down barriers for Australia’s Indigenous people, the Gold Coast man finds himself on the other side of the law, as a First Nations Legal Executive with the Queensland Law Society. 

Josh is one of three inaugural recipients of Bond University’s Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) Indigenous Scholarship. The scholarship covers all tuition costs for the online GDLP for an indigenous student who has completed either a Bachelor of Laws or a Juris Doctor degree, and is seeking admission as a legal practitioner. 

 

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