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Bond University

Bond University

In 1989 Bond University welcomed its first students to its brand new, state-of-the-art campus on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The vision of Bond University is to be a leading private and independent university of world standing. Its mission is to produce uniquely identifiable graduates who are leaders and thinkers, imbued with initiative, the spirit of free enterprise and a continuing quest for intellectual inquiry, challenge and opportunity.

The Balnaves Foundation donated $1.5 million towards the cost of a new state-of-the-art Multimedia Learning Centre which opened in 2008. The centre provides a technologically rich space where students can study in groups or individually. The centre incorporates a laptop bar, study booths, digital art displays and includes a Collaborative Learning Room with latest technology including a Smartboard, HD projector and video conferencing. The Australian Institute of Architects awarded the Multimedia Learning Centre the G.H.M Addison Award for Interior Architecture.

In recognition of the donation, the University named the new centre 'The Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre'. The Foundation has also made an ongoing financial commitment to upgrade the technology to ensure the centre remains at the cutting-edge. The upgrade in 2012 included the latest 'Eye Click' and 'Eye Step' technology that responds to human gestures and motion.

In 2013 the Foundation funded the technology to set up a world-class video communication room. The Global Links Room allows teachers and students to connect seamlessly to students and academics at other universities. The Global Links Room allows lecturers to expand a class of twenty into a virtural forum of hundreds by linking up with other classes or tutorials at universities around the world. It enables professors to enrich their classes with interviews and discussions with chief justices, surgeons, CEOs of multinational companies, and other industry leaders from around the world.

Neil Balnaves served a six year term as a Councillor of the University and continues to serve as a Trustee. His substantial commitment to the university was recognised in 2009 when he was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate.

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Neil Balnaves AO Global Links Room
The Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre workstations
The Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre space
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Title : Philanthropist funds Bond University hi -tech learning space - Gold Coast Bulletin

Nov 11, 2013

Neil Balnaves has provided Bond students with a high-tech learning space.

Title : Bond University students 'go global' - Press Release

Oct 11, 2013

Bond University today launched a new multimedia learning space, The Global Links Room, which will provide its students and staff with internaional connectivity.

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