RMIT University's Annual Reports cover the financial year from 1 January to 31 December.
They are tabled in the Victorian Parliament and then published as a public record of the University's strategic direction, activities, achievements, governance and financial position.
Annual Report 2015
I am proud to say that in 2015 RMIT University adopted a new Strategic Plan that was shaped by the ideas of our staff, students and partners. Ready for Life and Work outlines the values and goals that we will pursue together over the next five years. It will transform the way we work and learn to achieve positive impact for our students and the wider community.
Thousands of people in our RMIT community contributed valuable ideas and feedback to online forums, discussions, workshops and team meetings.
The strategy is built around three directions. The first is transforming the life experience of our students by graduating them ready for life and work. To achieve this, our teaching must inspire students and empower them with attributes that will be valued in our changing economy.
Second is the direction that makes the first possible: uniting passion and purpose. Our aim is to support and empower our people with clearer, smarter and simpler systems that deepen our culture of teamwork and collaboration.
Our third direction is shaping the world through our teaching and research. In 2015, the quality of RMIT’s research work was recognised and endorsed by the Australian Research Council through the Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation. I am also proud to say that RMIT is ranked among the top 15 Australian universities in the 2015-16 QS World University Rankings, and is 21st among QS's top 50 under 50 in the world.
Through our Strategic Plan we will build on this to deliver research and innovation that is applied, interdisciplinary and engaged with industry.
In 2015, RMIT enrolled over 83,000 students, from the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) to postgraduate study. Our students are part of the innovation and enterprise revolution taking place right now; their time at RMIT will involve work-integrated learning and a mutually beneficial connection to our alumni and employer networks.
Our strong financial position has allowed RMIT to invest in the facilities, services and infrastructure that will make a real difference to our students, staff members and community. This includes the New Academic Street project, which is renewing student spaces for learning, collaboration and creative exchange at the heart of our City campus.
In 2015, RMIT also delivered improvements to our services and facilities based on requests and feedback from our students. These include thousands of computers at our Melbourne campuses and 53 new and upgraded study spaces.
From a personal perspective, over the course of my first year as Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT, I have been inspired by the RMIT community’s readiness to embrace a bold new way of thinking and working.
It has been a pleasure getting to know our students and staff in Victoria, Vietnam, Singapore and Barcelona, and I’m immensely proud of our achievements over the last 12 months.
I look forward to working with students, staff and partners to continue shaping RMIT for the better in 2016.
Martin Bean CBE
Vice-Chancellor and President