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ABS Reaches Out Internationally

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

International students from India, Vietnam, South Africa, Thailand and Philippines enrolled for the Avondale Business School’s Bachelors of Business Degree (BBus) program. Third party provider UIT (Universal Institute of Technology) had its Orientation day on Thursday, Feb 21, 2019. Fourteen new and returning students formed the Sem 1, 2019 cohort at the Melbourne campus.

This off campus location at UIT has been operating for 4 years since 2015 in partnership to provide the Avondale Business Degree to students living in the Melbourne city area. This has resulted in total six students graduating with BBus degrees (3 Marketing, 2 Accounting and 1 Human Resources major area of study) in 2017 and 2018.

Although this approach is not new in the tertiary education sector Avondale Business School runs a model that has a unique.  A blended delivery style with tutors present in the offsite campus to enable the face-to-face contact with students. Lectures are recorded at the Avondale LM campus and are uploaded using the Learning Management System (Moodle) for students to learn and engage at the offsite.  Best wishes for the new students and for the partnership.

 

2019 Has Officially Begun

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Wednesday (Feb 26) marked the officially beginning of Semester 1 for students on the Lake Macquarie campus, and it is nice to feel the energy of students returning to campus. Students have been experiencing Orientation events, which culminated with the Opening Convocation held in College Church the previous day. Discipline Heads offered words of wisdom to their student cohorts and prayers of blessing offered.

Associate Professor Barnes welcomed new and returning students to the Avondale Business School, outlining some of the benefits of studying with our Business program. Graduate employment, industry links, Internship programs and corporate based student excursions were provided as examples of how our program provides business students with both the theoretical knowledge and practical applications of real world experiences that can assist their learning.

Students were challenged in the choices they make, reminded by the words of Eleanor Roosevelt “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility”.

The staff here at ABS are very excited to be sharing these students’ learning journey, and hope the best is yet to come for 2019!

ABS Welcomes New 2019 Student Cohort!

Monday, February 25, 2019

At orientation week or “O”week, the ABS welcomed its new cohort of students, and they are from all parts of Australia. From Perth, Melbourne, the Sunshine and Cold Coast, and of course some local students, all were keen to start their Bachelor of Business journey. The students were introduced to the ABS staff and were shown the student lounge, computer rooms and board room. They also met staff from the Smart Business Hub, one of which was an ABS alumni who shared his experience of Avondale.

Students were then shown their options in terms of majors, double major and minors all available at ABS. The new wellness module of “Foundations of wellbeing” was discussed which focuses on the whole student experience and for particular interest to business students was the notion of understanding emotional intelligence.

Students where then shown how to forward emails to their phones, enrol in units, access their timetable and how a Moodle site operates. Of particular interest was the discussion on Academic Integrity and how to reference correctly. After some well earnt nourishment (morning tea), the students then got involved in some “get to know you” games. It was a breath of fresh air to have new students walking down the corridors again. On behalf of the ABS we wish them well on their journey and look forward to being a big part of that experience.

ABS 2018 Graduates

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

December 9 was the culmination of many years hard work for the graduating Avondale Business School graduations of 2018. Of the 13 graduates, 12 attended the ceremony at the Lake Macquarie campus, including two graduates from our partnering entity Universal Institute of Technology (UIT) in Melbourne. The Accounting, Human Resources and Marketing majors enjoyed a celebratory day receiving their Bachelor of Business Degree certificates and congratulations. Around 50% of the graduates already have employment confirmed, and a number of others are in the application and interview process. ABS congratulates all the 2018 graduates, and wishes them well for the future.

ABS Graduating Students Learn to “Do Lunch”

Sunday, November 18, 2018

ABS graduating students were treated to lunch in celebration of the last 3 years of work they have put in to achieve their Bachelor of Business undergraduate degree, see link here to degree information. Students will attend graduation in December 2018, after finishing sitting their final exams in the next 2 weeks.

Graduating students have a range of majors from Accounting, to Marketing and Human Resource Management. Some students have already secured employment at organisations such as Sanitarium (https://www.sanitarium.com.au/), & Adventist Schools Australia (https://www.adventist.edu.au/).

Taking the students out to lunch was a chance for students to reflect on their journey, and give some feedback to lecturers on ways to enhance the journey for future students. Students shared stories on previous lecturers, and their quirks and lecturers also shared their experiences as an undergraduates. It was a great way for students to finish their final semester, and shows the importance of the care and service that ABS staff show towards their students. Clearly small class sizes enhances the student-teacher relationship, making it one of trust and care, instilling confidence in the students for their future success upon graduation.

The graduation ceremony will be held on Sunday, 9th December, 2018. Before that, students also celebrate graduation with a student dinner, breakfast with Avondale Staff and finally lunch with the President on graduation day. The ABS expects approximately 15 students to graduate this year, with three students making the journey from our Melbourne offering on the day.

We wish all graduating students from ABS well in their future, and will take pleasure in adding them to our ever growing list of successful Alumni. We also take pride in introducing them to the necessary business skill of “doing lunch”, where so many important negotiations in business take place.

ABS Students Ranked in Top 7 Globally

Sunday, November 18, 2018

ABS students in the final year unit ‘Strategic Responses in Business’ competed all semester in a globally run computer simulation, and ranked in the top 7 worldwide in most of the success measures!

In this unit, aiming to give the students a simulated business experience, the students managed a computer sensor company over an 8 year (fictional) period. For each year the students were required to make over 160 decisions involving marketing, financing, human resources, production, and R&D. Throughout the semester there were assessments based on competitor analysis, preparing minutes of meetings and compiling company reports based on their results.

The final assessment in the last week of semester involved the students holding an Annual General Meeting for their shareholders (Staff invited from throughout the College), in which they had to report on their companies’ operations and answer questions from their shareholders.

Following the completion of their AGM, their lecturer Warrick Long revealed to those who attended that of the success measures used by the simulation, this group of students achieved a ranking in the top 7 places world-wide in four of the seven success measures, beating 587 other teams in universities from around the world. This was an outstanding achievement from this group, involving Sarah Rosenberg, Andrew Bradley, Kody Dobson and Enzo Bocchino, and they should be justifiably very proud of their achievement. Well done.

ABS Students on the Road

Thursday, October 18, 2018

It was an early start, we all arrived at 6.30am outside the Avondale Business School ready to board the bus for the excursion. Our first destination was the Qantas Jet Security Base at Mascot Airport in Sydney.

We arrived at the Jet Security Base by 9am just in time for our booked tour. We were greeted by Anton who took us around the Qantas security base. He explained his work career journey as to how he got to the position that he was doing now which is to train cabin crew on safety procedures of each different size Qantas plane. He initially started with Qantas as a cabin crew member and did that for a few years, and he mentioned that Qantas is great with offering and promoting positions internally to Qantas staff as long as you have the skills to do the job, you have a good chance of being successful in changing roles within the company.

Anton showed us around the facility, the training rooms, the room where all the safety equipment that you have on a plane such as fire extinguishers and life jackets and the cabin crew are trained on all the equipment and they have to learn and know every detail of each piece of equipment such as the angle that the each extinguisher has to be held for it to work and what type of liquid or fire the extinguisher can be used for and for how long the extinguisher will spray out its safety foam. Anton shared that the cabin crew are trained safety specialists and that this is a very important part of their job. The cabin crew and pilots are tested 4 times a year on all their safety knowledge and this also applies to the simulator machines. The flight crew and pilots are given a scenario and then have to go through and explain and act out the situation as if it was really happening. Anton took us on one of the training planes and had us experience the following scenario, “the plane is having a problem landing and will crash into the water, so brace yourselves”, he yelled out to get into the brace position and get out our life jackets and put them on. (Fake) Smoke filled the cabin and the lights were turned off, the scenario felt very real with the smoke and Anton yelling out instructions, he yelled out for us to get to the exit door and get out of the plane. It was very eye opening experience and I know that I will be much more alert and aware next time I go on a plane again.

Our next excursion for the day was to the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) in Sydney. We were shown into a board room and were privileged to listen to presentations of what training and knowledge you can gain from being a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

They explained that their members range from people that are recently in a new job position that will require them to be on a company board, to people that have been on a board for more than 10 years, so they all have different training requirements. AICD offers complimentary lounges where you can work and conduct meetings in all states of Australia. You can come into one of the offices and arrange an appointment to discuss your training needs and they will assign someone from AICD to keep in contact with you to see how you are going and if you require any assistance. They offer training in many different forms, such as in person training workshops and seminars, software tools that you can use to help you in your position as a board member. E-learning courses, and three to five days intensive courses which range from beginners to advanced for people that want to gain more experience in being a board member, company secretary or company director. We were one of the first student university groups that had the opportunity to tour the office and be given this presentation and the presenter mentioned that they had not received a tour request from students at a higher education institution. They also do not have a student membership fee option, which the students did enquire about. AICD said that a student membership fee and offering a tour to students from colleges and universities is something that they will look into and consider. The tour and presentation has given our students something to think about and hopefully helped to assist them in their career goals and further training options once they graduate from Avondale College.

ABS Continues to forge strong Partnerships with Local Schools

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Central Coast Adventist School (CCAS) held their Year 12 Graduation on the 27th September, with over 60 students graduating. School Principal Tony Kent welcomed the graduating class of 2018 with a Prayer filled with best wishes for the future that lies ahead of them. Head of High School Peter Wrankmore, presented individual awards of merit to students that excelled in their results for individual subjects.

Avondale Business School as part of Avondale College of Higher Education sponsored the “Business Excellence Award”. This award is for the student that demonstrated the most entrepreneurship, business mindedness and potential this year in the area of Business. The award was presented by Associate Professor Lisa Barnes, and for 2018, the award went to Tyler Wade. Tyler was given an engraved trophy, certificate of merit and cash of $50.00. Well done Tyler, ABS wishes you all the best for your Business future!

ABS Students Represented at UN University Scholars Leadership Symposium

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

In mid-June this year, a Humanitarian Affairs representative, Andreena Kardamis contacted Avondale College of Higher Education with the intention of locating students who believe in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Kardamis found Avondale while conducting online research into universities that had a strong emphasis on and involvement with acts of service. 13 of Avondale’s student leaders from a variety of disciplines were then invited to attend the 9th University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. It ran from the 1st of August till the 6th of August 2018, and comprised of workshops, keynote influential speakers, motivational sessions and a service day. In total, 1057 delegates were invited across 87 countries. Our Avondale cohort shared accommodation with all of the other delegates which gave us the perfect opportunity to network and hear their stories. Some of the representatives were refugees, some came from extreme poverty and some had lost their families because of corruption.

Listening to presentations formed some of the main highlights of the whole experience. We had the honour of hearing Geraldine Cox, the founder of Sunrise Cambodia, speak on her charity and vision. Originally established as an orphanage in the Cambodian province of Kandal, Sunrise Cambodia now extends its services to sustainable development and family support in several provinces of the country. David Begbie, Director of Crossroads’ Global X-perience and senior spokesman for Crossroads Foundation, gave a presentation that particularly resonated with me. His work with Crossroads Foundation has been instrumental in sourcing and distributing resources for those affected by natural disasters, and it is this practical and missional approach to service that I really appreciated. Kishore Mahbubani, a recognised expert in Asian and world affairs, Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and prolific author also gave further insight into the SDG’s and their role in the wider world.

There were many more inspiring presentations from a range of perspectives and altruistic goals, however they all served to reveal the commonalities that the attendees shared: drive, passion, people and purpose. Given the opportunity to surround ourselves with delegates from across the globe also lead us to the question, why did we come? This was a question often put forward to the delegates, which made us really evaluate our personal motivations for being there. We came from completely different lifestyles, cultures, ethnicities and were all wanting the same answers: zero poverty, zero hunger, good health, quality education, and world peace.

The acts of service that the delegates and the informants shared with us throughout the week were a clear representation of how God wants us to impact and change this world. It is not a common opportunity to be in the same room with so many leaders, and it was a heart-warming experience knowing that as humans, whether Christian or not, we can see God working through people’s hearts all over the world.

By Yannick Coute, ABS Student

Graduate Returns to Share with Current ABS Students

Friday, September 21, 2018

Students in the Strategic Responses in Business unit were treated to a firsthand account of what business intelligence really means. Mr Todd Saunders (graduate of Avondale Business School), and now Sanitarium General Manager for Australia and New Zealand spent time with the class not only explaining business intelligence, but answering their questions regarding all aspects of the business.

The effective collection, analysis and use of business intelligence is a major differentiator between companies that succeed and fail, and Todd was able to show students all these components from the perspective of Sanitarium. Students had their eyes opened as to how much data is collected, and how it is used, noting that even weather data plays an important role in forecasting both raw material prices and sales projections.

The Strategic Responses class involves students engaging in a computer simulation where in groups they run companies in the computer sensor industry, competing over 8 years (one per week for 8 weeks) against each other. They must make decisions for each round that involve production estimates, marketing decisions, financing options, HR components (including negotiating a new EA with their staff) and R&D strategies. The unit culminates in the last class of semester when students must run and annual general meeting facing their shareholders (invited College Staff) based on their company results.

The time spent with Todd was valuable for the students in not only assisting them in their class, but also bridging the gap between theory and real-world experience. ABS appreciates the time Todd dedicates to assisting the development of ABS students.