Funded in 2010 through a Grant from the External Relations Directorate of the European Commission, the European Union Centre is one of only six such EU Centres in the Southern Hemisphere.
The work programme for the Centre focuses on three key objectives and five key components (PDF 69KB): Academic and research activities; Outreach and policy debate; Cultural outreach; Media engagement; and Coordination and joint activities with other EU Centres in Australia and New Zealand.
The Centre's goals and direction are based in the Mission Statement and Strategic Vision (PDF 42KB).
RMIT University and the Centre
The establishment of the European Union Centre at RMIT University is clearly aligned with a key element of the University’s strategic vision which is to strengthen RMIT’s standing as a truly global university, encompassing onshore and offshore education as well as international networks for research activities and research students.
Established in 1887 as the Working Man’s College, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology has an international reputation for excellent professional and vocational education, producing some of Australia’s most employable graduates and high quality outcome-oriented research. Read more about the history of RMIT University.
Situated at the Melbourne City campus, the Centre operates as an independent unit within RMIT University. This central, highly accessible location allows for prominent branding and provides a high degree of visibility to students, staff, international visitors and the public. Through its academic programme and outreach activities, the Centre links to the University’s existing infrastructure including research institutes, academic colleges and schools, business services and networks.
The Centre sits in the College of Design and Social Context overseen by the Pro Vice Chancellor of the College, Professor Paul Gough and has academic contacts in the other two Colleges to ensure visibility across the entire university.
Industry Engagement and Research
RMIT has an international reputation for excellence in work-relevant education and high quality research, and engagement with the needs of industry and community.
RMIT University also collaborates closely with both industry groups and individual businesses to develop new products and processes and to drive quality improvements in existing operations. It is through these partnerships that staff and student exchanges, secondments, training and long-term collaborative industry group associations are developed. European organisations partnered with RMIT include Airbus Deutschland GmbH, Daimler Chrysler, BMW, Volkswagen, Robert Bosch and Siemens.
It is through these links that the Centre will enhance the visibility of the EU, its research agenda, policies and partnership framework and further establish and consolidate links into existing Industry Network Groups.
Advisory Board industry partners
One of the unique strengths of the European Union Centre at RMIT University is its access to established, and rapidly developing, international networks within the university to facilitate staff and student mobility.
RMIT University’s international strategy is about more than just the recruitment of international students who, both onshore and offshore, currently comprise over 30% of the student population.
The importance of internationalisation is reflected in the university’s globally engaged students and staff, formal linkages with institutions around the world and global network of partnerships and industry relationships, all of which support student and staff mobility and prepare students for the new globalised workplace. Read more about global opportunities.
RMIT University has over 30 Memoranda of Understanding with universities in the European Union including Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
It is through the University’s commitment to international mobility, collaborative research and global industry engagement that the European Union Centre at RMIT will further build strategic partnerships between educational institutions, enterprises, industries and governments across the EU, the university and its communities.