A forum has brought together representatives from RMIT’s key international partners to strengthen global connections and growth.
The College of Business recently hosted the Global Partners Network Forum, which involved 15 representatives from six of the College’s global partners.
These ranged from long-standing partner of more than 27 years – the Singapore Institute of Management – to one of the University’s newest partners, Tianjin Foreign Studies University of China, who signed an academic cooperation agreement with RMIT during the event.
Professor On Kit Tam, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Business International, and Forum Chair, said: “This is the first time that RMIT’s global partners have come together to share their thoughts and ideas about shaping the future of global partnerships.
“The forum engendered much enthusiasm and active exchange of new ideas for strengthening and deepening the partnerships beyond bilateral relations and across disciplines.
“Productive discussions and stimulating thoughts on a range of opportunities and issues were shared and canvassed for the way forward and follow up actions.
“There is tremendous goodwill among all participants and a readiness to collaborate in order to enrich everyone’s internationalisation outcomes and to deepen and broaden the partnership relations across discipline and beyond bilateral connections in the strategic, tactical and operational context.“
Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Gill Palmer, said at the forum that internationalisation had been part of RMIT’s focus for many years.
“The relationship with our partners is something we can be proud of,“ she said.
Participants stressed the critical role of global partnerships for the future of universities in terms of success in development and growth, research, and making a difference in learning and teaching.
Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Vice-President, Professor Ian Palmer, highlighted the shared values of collaboration in quality, best student outcomes and the centrality of research to generate knowledge for sharing among our global partners.
“The forum afforded a unique opportunity for RMIT and its global partners to communicate their aspirations and new developments and to learn from each other,“ he said.
“There is clearly a sense that the vibrancy and the emphasis on quality and excellence at RMIT have made an impression on our global partners during their visit to Melbourne.“
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