Ready for Life and Work: Shaping RMIT to 2020
The urban communities in which we live and work are going through deep and transformative change.
RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and engagement.
RMIT has a unique approach to meeting the challenge of being ready for life and work: we offer an education deeply grounded in ideas and cross-disciplinary understanding, applied through innovative, enterprising practice to solving problems and meeting the needs of our community.
This approach is well-captured in RMIT’s founding motto, “A skilled hand, a cultivated mind”. It is just as apt in the 21st century as it was in the mid-19th, and it leads us to the driving focus of RMIT’s next chapter: “Ready for life and work”.
As an institution, we must remake ourselves in ways that are true to our founding purpose and embrace the disruptive changes taking place around us. Renewal means supporting our students, staff and partners to adapt to a changing economy and society so that RMIT contributes to sustainable prosperity and responds successfully to changing demands, funding pressures and global opportunities.
In this strategic plan, we lay out the values, goals, directions and priorities that we will pursue together over the next five years, in order to transform the ways we work and learn to achieve innovative, sustainable impact in the communities that we work with.
In the great tradition of RMIT, we must empower everyone to thrive in an exciting new era. “Everyone” includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, international students, students with a disability, students of all ages, staff and partners – academic, professional and industry-based, across all our campuses – everyone involved in RMIT.
Our goal is to offer life-changing experiences, and to shape the world with the talent, knowledge and learning capability that we share.
RMIT is an amazing institution. We all have a role to play in renewing it. Join us.
Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO, Chancellor
Martin Bean CBE, Vice-Chancellor and President