The first students to study through RMIT University's partnership with Universitas Pelita Harapan in Indonesia have graduated.
The Diploma of Business students, who celebrated in a recent ceremony held in Jakarta, joined more than 3,500 students who marked the end of their studies at RMIT graduation ceremonies in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor International and Vice-President, Professor Andrew MacIntyre, attended most of the ceremonies held over the past month.
Professor MacIntyre told graduates the University was proud of their impressive achievements, and proud to be able to welcome them to RMIT's alumni communities.
"We have a particularly strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region through teaching, research and industry links with organisations that are active across the region and beyond," he said.
"Outside Australia, RMIT delivers more than 40 award programs, delivered in our own right or with international partnerships located in Vietnam, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, China - including Hong Kong - and Singapore."
Professor MacIntyre thanked RMIT's education partners:
- Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia;
- Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, China;
- Brandix College of Clothing Technology, Sri Lanka;
- Stansfield College and Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore;
- Taylors University, Malaysia; and,
- Vocational Training Council's School for Higher and Professional Education, Hong Kong Arts School and Hong Kong Management Association, Hong Kong.
Professor MacIntyre told graduates the University had more than 82,000 students in Melbourne and throughout the Asian region and beyond.
"More than 26,000 of these are international students, coming from more than 100 countries," he said.
"You are fortunate to be part of a generation that has benefited from the internationalisation of higher education; and, as graduating RMIT students, you can be confident your qualification enjoys international recognition."
He said since 2000, RMIT has spread its education and research activities to many other rapidly growing cities including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Hyderabad in India, and Hong Kong and Shanghai in China.
Professor MacIntyre also spoke of the research of Hong Kong PhD graduates Hin Ming Arthur Chan - who scrutinised the city and the urban environment as potential subject matter in the development of a new series of sculptural artworks - and Hui Lien Chen - who examined the traditional roots of the Paiwan indigenous culture of Taiwan, the iconic meaning of the totem and ways to reinvigorate traditional forms of art creation.
In Kuala Lumpur, Dean of Students, Professor Owen Hughes, highlighted the University's industry connections.
"We take close advice from industry on the design of our academic programs; we welcome industry practitioners as guest lecturers; and we strive to provide students with work-relevant learning.
"As a result, RMIT graduates are valued by employers around the world for their work-readiness, initiative and leadership potential."