14 Reasons to Study at a Gold Coast University

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14 Reasons to Study at a Gold Coast University

Besides the chance to catch a (surf) break between lectures, the active and healthy lifestyle (including 150 free and low cost activities each week – and students love free stuff), the vibrant art and culture scene and the great climate (did we mention almost 300 days of sunshine a year), there are the serious study advantages.

Australia's stunning Gold Coast
Australia’s stunning Gold Coast

Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus is seriously big, and a lot of the facilities are new – in fact more than 50% of the campus has been built in the last 10 years – the latest is the $38 million Griffith Business School building, opened in 2014. A $150 million state-of-the art health building, home to the new Menzies Health Institute Queensland, opened in 2013.

Bond University has a new, award-winning Abedian School of Architecture building, designed by Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham from CRAB Studios, London. It won the 2014 Gold Coast & Northern Rivers’ Public Building of the Year.

Gold Coast unis are modern – Griffith’s Gold Coast campus marks 25 years in 2015 (40 years since the university was established in Brisbane); Bond celebrated its 25th anniversary last year (as Australia’s first private, not-for-profit university)

Griffith is ranked in the World’s Top 400 universities, putting it in the top 5 percent of universities in the world. It also ranks highly as a young university, ranking 38th in the 2014/15 QS University Rankings Top 50 Under 50.

Bond is consistently ranked Number 1 for Student Experience in Australia’s Good Universities Guide. In fact in 2016 it was awarded more 5-star ratings in the Educational Experience category than any other university in Australia … for the tenth year in a row.

Both Griffith and Bond are in the top 10 Australian universities for their MBA programs in the Boss/Australian Financial Review rankings for 2015. Griffith came in at No 4 and Bond came in at No 7, while Bond’s Executive MBA placed third in the 2013 rankings. Griffith also has the highest-ranking Australian MBA in the Aspen Institute’s Centre for Business Education’s most recent Beyond Grey Pinstripes Top 100, ranked at number 26.

Griffith University Gold Coast is one of the largest health groups of any university in Australia. There are are more than 750 staff and student researchers at Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland. Griffith is located across from the Gold Coast University Hospital, within the Gold Coast Health & Knowledge Precinct – the largest such health precinct in Australia.

Since Bond’s first cohort of Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery students in 2005 it has graduated 441 doctors. Griffith also offers Medicine.

Griffith offers 120 student clubs across campuses, ranging from educational, professional and political, to recreational, cultural, sporting and religious—and if that’s not enough, students can easily start their own club that suits their interests. Bond has a host of clubs to choose from too, and Bond Cheer are the current national university cheerleading champions.

Like running – join the Griffith team – 1017 Griffith alumni, students and staff competed in the 2015 Gold Coast Marathon, representing the largest team at the event.

51 athletes from Griffith represented Australia on the world stage in 23 sports in 2014, including a 14-member team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, with Griffith students and alumni bringing home 10 gold, five silver and seven bronze medals.

Bond is big on sport too – Queensland Reds Captain James Slipper, who also became the Wallabies 83rd captain for an historic US test match is a student; Executive Director of Sport Gary Nucifora is a brother to former Wallaby David, while his son Harry is a Bond student who plays Under 20’s Rugby for Australia, and Bond is official education partner to the Australian Rugby Union.

Independent education network Study International named Bond University as the world’s best beachside university.

Want to live on campus – Griffith University Village was named the 2015 Housing Operator of the Year, largely thanks to a great program to support first year students.

Learn more about Bond University and Griffith University.

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