Martin Bean CBE became Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT University in February, returning to his hometown of Melbourne after succeeding in leadership roles in the US and Britain.
His previous position was Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, the largest university in the United Kingdom.
Before joining The Open University, he was General Manager Worldwide Education Products Group at Microsoft, following executive leadership roles at Novell and other IT companies integrating technology and learning systems.
“I am delighted and honoured to be here at RMIT, a university with a great past and an even greater future,” Martin says.
“Global, urban and connected, RMIT is positioned to build on its excellent reputation in the years ahead.
“I come pre-wired with a strong belief in the importance of providing the best possible student experience, enabling students to apply their skills and launch successful careers, and in ensuring RMIT’s research continues on a trajectory of excellence.”
RMIT’s Chancellor, Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO, has welcomed Martin Bean.
“He is an executive with strong international relationships within the higher education sector and in industry built over many years, and he brings a wealth of commercial and operational experience to the RMIT community.
“In addition, having successfully managed higher education reform amid the widespread regulatory changes within the UK system in recent years, he is perfectly positioned to lead RMIT through the changing regulatory landscape currently being shaped by the Federal Government.”
Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of London in 2013, Martin has a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Technology, Sydney.
At the invitation of the UK Government, Martin developed and launched FutureLearn in December 2012, the UK’s response to the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) movement.
Under his leadership The Open University has made its award-winning course materials available to more than 200,000 enrolled students via tablets and smartphones.
He has won numerous awards in the US and UK for his contribution to education and was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 United Kingdom New Year’s Honours list, for services to higher education.
Photo: Vicki Jones
This story was first published in RMIT's Making Connections magazine.