15 August 2011

Thousands flock to Open Day

RMIT University's three Melbourne campuses - in the City, Brunswick and Bundoora - welcomed 42,882 visitors on Sunday.

Getting info about Business at RMIT Open Day 2011

Finding out more about RMIT Business programs outside the newly refurbished Emily McPherson Building.

Crowds at Engineering Hub for RMIT Open Day 2011

Crowds making their way to RMIT's popular Engineering Hub in Storey Hall.

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Prospective students and their families were able to ask teaching staff about the wide variety of programs and talk to current students about their experiences.

Among the highlights were:

  • RMIT's world-record breaking Hydrogen Car and its Formula SAE racing cars
  • Architecture and design workshops
  • Treasury multimedia presentation - Financial markets trading simulator
  • Chinese medicine - herbal creams, acupuncture and cupping
  • "Trial-a-Trade" - an insight into some of the trades RMIT offers, including surveying, plumbing, electrical/instrumental, and airconditioning/refrigeration
  • Engineering Industry Panel - experts from Boeing, BAE Systems, SAGE Automation and Kelly Services discussed trends and opportunities in the industry
  • New and refurbished buildings and facilities: at Bundoora - new Lecture Theatre (Building 224) and the new home of Pharmacy (Building 205); in the City - the home of the School of Media and Communication (Building 9), the School of Property, Construction and Project Management (Building 8, Level 8), and the new Advanced Manufacturing Precinct (Building 55).

Visitors enjoyed fashion parades at Brunswick campus, featuring student designs inspired by iconic fashion names such as Chanel, Gaultier, Valentino and Armani; free massages from myotherapy students in the City; and music by Aboriginal singer Kutcha Edwards, at the Arts Indigenous Unit at Bundoora campus.

RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said Open Day allowed prospective students to experience their future in a way that could not be done online or in a brochure.

"The day gave prospective students, their families and friends the opportunity to speak to RMIT staff and students and get a feel for what may become their academic home," Professor Gardner said.

Visitors were able to see a range of new and refurbished buildings and see exciting buildings under construction in the City - the Design Hub and the Swanston Academic Building, the new home of the College of Business.

Photos: Narelle Browne.

Fashion show at RMIT Open Day 2011

The popular Fashion Parades at Brunwick Campus featured iconic fashion this year and were full to capacity.

Visiting the info marquee at RMIT Open Day 2011

Sourcing program information and directions at one of the many information marquees dotted around RMIT city campus.

Getting the most of out RMIT Open Day 2011 by using the guide

Ready to get the most out of the day with guides and bags.

Bowen St during RMIT Open Day 2011

Getting around RMIT City campus via Bowen Street to visit programs from architecture and engineering to Trial-a-Trade and marketing.

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