RMIT students and staff were asked to #shapeRMIT as part in a week of events that focused on celebrating the University’s past and future.
The events included a Q&A forum hosted by RMITV alumnus Waleed Aly where students, prominent alumni and guests debated the University’s future direction.
Passion, experience, commitment and innovation were the key themes to come out of the forum.
RMIT alumnus, Professor Mark Rose said education was emancipatory, while current media student Isobel Roberts-Orr said one of her lecturers had told her that they would teach her concepts and ideas, rather than just skills.
Former Victorian Attourney-General, Director of the Centre for Innovative Justice and RMIT alumnus, Professor Rob Hulls, said the classroom needed to expand beyond four walls.
Celebrating the University’s 128th birthday, parties were held at Brunswick, Bundoora and City campuses, attracting more than 12,500 people.
A special artwork was created at City campus, based on student feedback about the celebrations and what they wanted from the University as it plans its direction over the next five years.
Free food, music, entertainment and activities all formed part of the celebrations across the campuses.
Vice-Chancellor and President, Martin Bean CBE, said the celebrations came at an exciting time for the University community.
“City campus was packed with happy people celebrating 128 years of ‘a skilled hand and a cultivated mind’, which is our founding motto,” he said.
“And many took part in our forum with Waleed Aly focused on making RMIT ever better in the future. I encourage everyone to join in the conversation at #shapeRMIT.”
Events are also planned for Vietnam and Singapore-based students and staff later in the year.