Industry partners were among distinguished guests at RMIT's recent Founders' Day dinner, held to mark the University's 127th anniversary.
Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, gave the keynote speech.
"RMIT, as a global university of technology and design, has special traits that permeate its education and research," she said.
"It relies on working with partners to connect it to industry and across the world. Its bias is to action.
"This is embodied in the pragmatic educational philosophy of its beginnings that has come to also infuse its research.
"This bias is for education and research that brings knowledge together to solve problems; focuses on practical uses; and measures successes from impact.
"RMIT's commitment to the city and to technology and design is nowhere more evident than in this northern quarter of Melbourne.
"From its newest award-winning buildings, such as Swanston Academic Building and the Design Hub, which challenge as well as embrace the vibrancy of the city and student life, to the gentle bending of old forms and lanes, so that they speak of our history as well as our future - this is to be of, as well as in, the city.
"And it has boldly and successfully taken this approach well beyond Melbourne's city limits.
"RMIT is a university that has deliberately built its particular strengths and style - across the Asia Pacific region and into Europe.
"Its global reach in terms of students in campuses and partnerships outside Australia is extensive at close to 18,000 students and the largest in Australia."
Guests also heard speeches from leading RMIT researchers: Professor Gerda Gemser, Associate Professor Andrew Greentree and Roland Snooks.
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