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Key statistics 2021

Student Enrolments HE and VE 5-year Snapshot (headcount)

 

1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2015 2020
Higher Education       10,875       13,837       26,306       31,604       39,301         53,350       62,138       77,015
Vocational Education       17,293       16,481       16,804       23,911       22,357         20,554       15,179       14,558
Total       28,168       30,318       43,110       55,515       61,658         73,904       77,317       91,573

Student Enrolment by Sector/Entity (headcount)

 

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Higher Education (HE)       64,182       68,097       71,903       75,361       77,015 78,644
Vocational Education (VE)       14,573       14,783       14,936       15,750       14,558 14,146
Foundation Studies (FS)          1,292          1,267          1,387          1,344          1,119 672
Open Universities Australia (OUA)          4,235          3,296          2,847          2,459          2,180 1,915
ELICOS          3,023          2,888          2,515          2,281          1,253 536
Total RMIT       87,305       90,331       93,588       97,193       96,125 95,913

Student Load (EFTSL/EFTS)

 

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Higher Education 47,336 49,408 51,701 54,004 52,491 53,644
Vocational Education 9,419 9,773 9,427 9,999 9,064 7,815
Foundation Studies 1,479 966 1,008 970 793 469
Open Universities Australia 1348 917 782 686 578 529
ELICOS 468 456 396 364 214 77
Total RMIT 60,049 61,520 63,314 66,022 63,140 62,535

Note: EFTS as Equivalent Full Time Student is a VE measurement of a standard load based on SCH/720. SCH - Student Contact Hours

Fee-type

 

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
HE Domestic 35,148 37,409 39,141 40,202 42,652 44,280
HE International Onshore 12,590 14,722 16,830 18,901 16,884 14,434
HE International Offshore 10,352 9,845 9,262 8,526 8,134 8,026
HE Vietnam 6,092 6,121 6,670 7,732 9,345 11,904
VE Domestic 11,378 13,270 13,365 13,857 13,074 13,113
VE International Onshore 1,090 1,309 1,431 1,797 1,417 1,011
VE International Offshore 105 204 140 96 67 22

Attendance Type/Mode

 

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Full-time 56,382 58,257 60,423 59,788 61,324 60,482
Part-time 21,015 21,088 22,059 26,294 23,665 25,366
Distance/Online 1,358 3,535 4,357 5,029 6,584 6,942

Level of Education

 

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Doctorate by Research 1,952 2,035 2,165 2,237 2,249 2,210
Master's by Research 247 220 212 222 232 235
Master's by Coursework 9,187 10,257 11,238 12,478 12,175 11,232
Other Postgraduate 686 793 1022 1149 1164 5086
Bachelor 44,975 46,670 48,736 50,399 51,202 54,130
Associate Degree 3,426 3,576 3,739 3,948 3,826 4,614
Other Undergraduate 2,792 3,426 3,332 3,526 5,052 166
Enabling Courses 14 46 26 30 39 36
Non-award Courses 903 1,074 1,433 1,372 1,076 935
Diploma and Advance Diploma (AQF 5-6) 7,730 8,316 8,212 8,221 8,046 8,055
Certificates III and IV (AQF 3-4) 5,265 4,900 4,713 5,235 4,767 5,171
Certificates I an II (AQF 1-2) 333 318 332 301 157 114
VCE/VCAL 534 615 569 547 476 295
Other 711 634 1,110 1,446 1,112 511

College/Location

  Onshore 2021 Offshore 2021 Total 2021
STEM College 20,835 2,875 23,710
College of Design and Social Context 18,852 3,819 22,671
College of Business and Law 15,417 11,890 27,307
College of Vocational Education 17,684 483 18,167

Note: Total for COVE will not match the sector total for VE

Campus

  HE 2021 VE 2021 Total 2021
City 42,874 13,200 56,074
Bundoora 2,183 287 2,470
Brunswick 7,250 610 7,860
Off-campus 6,393 28 6,421
Vietnam 11,918 N/A 11,918
Other Offshore 8,026 21 8,047

Broad Discipline Group (EFTSL/EFTS)

 

HE

VE

Total

Natural and Physical Sciences 3,950 356 4,305
Information Technology 4,888 354 5,241
Engineering and Related Technologies 7,087 1,072 8,159
Architecture and Building 3,416 1,205 4,622
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies 359 60 419
Health 2,513 961 3,474
Education 920 117 1,038
Management and Commerce 13,826 1,270 15,096
Society and Culture 8,562 978 9,540
Creative Arts 8053 982 9,035
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services 70   70
Mixed Field Programs   460 460
Total 53,644 7,815 61,460

Fee Type, 2020 (EFTSL/EFTS)

 

HE

VE

Total

Government Supported 51% 89% 56%
Australian Fee Paying 6% 1% 6%
International 43% 9% 39%

Level of Education (EFTSL/EFTS)

 

2021

Doctorate by Research 1,510
Master's by Research 129
Master's by Coursework 6,611
Other Postgraduate 1,599
Bachelor 40,477
Sub Degree 3,062
Other Undergraduate 46
Enabling Courses 8
Non-award Courses 183
Diploma and Advance Diploma (AQF 5-6) 5,791
Certificates III and IV (AQF 3-4) 2,552
Certificates I an II (AQF 1-2) 56
VCE/VCAL 225
Other 60

 

Home Country/Region

  HE VE Total
Australia - Victoria 39,446 12,752 52,198
Australia - Interstate 4,590 358 4,948
South East Asia 19,447 185 19,632
North East Asia 9,942 610 10,552
Southern / Central Asia 3,530 110 3,640
Middle East 711 44 755
Europe 307 29 336
Americas 271 31 302
Africa 235 18 253
Oceania 164 5 169
Antarctica 1 2 3
Not available 0 2 2
Total 78,644 14,146 92,790

Age Group

  HE VE TOTAL
% Age Group of Young People 15 to 19 Years 14% 18% 16%
% Age Group 20 to 24 Years 53% 43% 48%
% Age Group for Mature Students 25 to 44 Years 30% 30% 30%
% Age Group for Mature Students 45 and over 4% 8% 6%

Domestic Students

 

HE VE Total
% School Leavers 36% 7% 23%
% VE Student Admissions to Higher Education 13% N/A 13%
% Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders 1% 1% 1%
% Non-English Speaking Background 6% 11% 7%
% Rural Remote 9% 9% 9%
% Low Socio-Economic Status 14% 18% 15%
% Disability 13% 11% 12%

Completions 5-year Snapshot

  1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2015 2020
Higher Education 1603 4024 5656 6933 7780 13762 16432 18642
Vocational Education 1065 1229 2589 3950 5820 6497 5659 4480
Total 2668 5253 8245 10883 13600 20259 22091 23122

Program Completions

  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
HE Doctorate by Research 246 305 260 326 334 340
HE Master's by Research 34 37 36 31 21 36
HE Master's by Coursework 2875 3057 3407 3684 3542 4337
HE Other Postgraduate 653 961 1318 1517 1954 3846
HE Bachelor 11175 11642 12001 12063 11284 12000
HE Sub Degree 972 1042 1051 1018 983 1184
HE Other Undergraduate 776 755 664 774 524 13
VE Diploma and Advance Diploma (AQF 5-6) 3031 3078 2930 2926 2072 2749
VE Certificates III and IV (AQF 3-4) 2195 1880 1668 1712 1441 1642
VE Certificates I an II (AQF 1-2) 204 156 136 182 49 55
VE Other 611 605 875 1200 918 389

Graduate Outcomes

  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
HE Full-time Employment 70% 72% 75% 75% 70% 70%
HE Part-time Employment 28% 28% 27% 27% 30% 27%
HE Further Full-time Study 20% 17% 15% 14% 14% 16%
HE Enterprise Formation 7% 6% 6% 6% 5% 5%
VE Employed after Training 69% 68% 70% 64% 60% 61%
VE Further Study 52% 53% 46% 55% 55% 60%
VE Enterprise Formation 9% 7% 7% 8% 8% 7%

Research

 

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Number of Peer-reviewed Research Outputs 22 3,584 3,831 4,121 4,187 4,111
International Collaboration 23 0.53 0.561 0.575 0.582 0.593
Field-Weighted Citation Impact 24 1.7 1.9 1.6 1.5 1.4
Publications in top 25% most-cited in the world 25 0.365 0.375 0.383 0.387 0.396
Research Income 26 $52.7m $54.1m $66.4m $74.2m $94.4m
% Research Income from Australian Competitive Grants 0.407 0.405 0.317 0.375 0.34
% Research Income from Industry and other Sources (Category 2 - 4) 26 0.623 0.629 0.683 0.625 0.66
Higher Degree by Research Completions 27 342 296 357 355 377
Provisional Patent Applications 28 7 12 14 12 15
Number of Countries with Funded Research Projects 1 29 30 26 25 27
Collaborative Research Training Agreements 2 13 22 34 34 31
HDR Industry Engagement 3 N/A 12 22 36 75

 

Notes:

22  Number of peer-reviewed research outputs affiliated to RMIT University including reported outputs being verified.

23  Proportion of RMIT-affiliated Scopus publications with an international co-author by publication year.

24  The ratio of citations received relative to the expected world average for the subject field, publication type and publication year. 

25  Proportion of Scopus publications in the top 25% most-cited in the world (field-weighted) affiliated to RMIT across the latest available rolling 5 year publication period. 

26  Total Research Income excludes Higher Degrees Research student fees. 

27  Excludes Higher Doctorate completions. 

28  Numbers of patent applications for new inventions at RMIT.

1  Number of funding countries for research projects in budget year 2021

2 Collaborative PhD agreements with foreign universities where enrolments are through RMIT Melbourne programs

3 Industry Engagement for HDR candidates to embed within or work alongside industry while completing their MR or PhD research program. Data is not available prior to 2018

QS World University Rankings

 

2020 2021 2022
Overall Rank 238 223 206
Academic Reputation 222 220 227
Employer Reputation 117 130 122
Citations per faculty 444 381 268
International Faculty 39 33 34
International Students 95 89 83

QS World University Rankings by Sub-discipline (RMIT)

 

2019 2020 2021 2022
Accounting and Finance 101-150 101-150 101-150 98=
Architecture / Built Environment 22 25 28= 31
Art and Design 12 11 15= 15
Communication and Media Studies 37 44 41 40=
Computer Science and Information Systems 101-150 101-150 141= 151-200
Development Studies 51-100   51-100 51-100
Education 51-100 51-100 101-150 151-200
Engineering - Civil and Structural 51-100 51-100 51-100 51-100
Engineering - Electrical and Electronic 51-100 101-150 127= 150=
Engineering - Mech, Aero and Manufacturing 101-150 101-150 134 140=
Engineering - Mineral and Mining     51-60 N/A
Geography 101-150 101-150 101-150 51-100
Library and Information Management 25 49 40= 49=
Materials Science     101-150 87=

The Impact Rankings (RMIT)

 

2019 2020 2021 2022
Overall rank 82 10 3 22
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities 13 1 2 3
SDG 17: Partnership for the goals 53 15= 3 89
SDG8: Decent Work and Economic Growth 67 5= 5 5

Sustainability

Australian Resource Usage * 2019 2020 2021
Net Greenhouse gas emissions (tCO2-e) 37 40,540 29,853 20,338
Greenhouse gas emissions intensity  (tCO2-e/GFA) 0.083 0.061 0.042
Greenhouse gas emissions reduction since 2007 (%) -0.481 -0.62 -0.739
End-Use Energy consumption (GJ) 38 298,515 233,742 245,659
End-Use Energy intensity per floor area (GJ/GFA) 0.611 0.481 0.506
Water consumption (kL) 220,310 136,265 119,625
Water consumption per student (kL/EFTSL) 4.1 2.7 2.4
Waste to Landfill (tonnes) 40 948 383 436
Recycling (tonnes) 41 304 115 102
       
Vietnam Resource Usage * 2019 2020 2021
Net Greenhouse gas emissions (tCO2-e) 37 3,533 2,412 2,599
End-Use Energy consumption (GJ) 38 28,588 24,207 20,707
Water consumption (kL) 56,033 69,587 53,860

Notes: 

GFA = Gross Floor Area

EFTSL = Equivalent Full-time Student Load

* Emissions and energy consumption figures may alter due to retrospective changes from retailers and may differ slightly  from future publications and reports.

37  Emissions calculated from building electricity and gas consumption

38  End-use energy consumption calculated from grid electricity, on-site generated electricity and on-site gas use (excluding gas used for electricity generation)

39  Waste data excludes construction and demolition waste

40  Recycling data includes co-mingled, paper/cardboard and organics

Building and Space

Campus (2021) 42 Building Space m2 UFA m2 GFA m2 GFA m2
Onshore          
City 66 80400 216360 354434 0.643833
Bundoora 35 556648 79455 111184 0.201967
Brunswick 6 38949 15384 21369 0.038817
Other sites 12 74110 3902 5577 0.010131
Offshore          
Barcelona 1 0 264 273 0.000496
Saigon South 12 124314 30835 47460 0.086212
Saigon North 0 0 0 0 0
DaNang City 1 0 543 945 0.001717
Hanoi 1 0 5533 9264 0.016828
Total 134 874421 352276 550506 1
           
Amount of Floor Area (m2) per EFTSL (2020) 43     UFA GFA  
Onshore     6.435624 10.06013  
Offshore (Vietnam)     4.885639 7.669358  

Notes: 

42  Amount of space occupied by RMIT University campuses and sites in 2021

Space = Land Holdings, UFA = Usable Floor Area, GFA = Gross Floor Area

Other sites includes Dromana, Hamilton, Point Cook & Bendigo Airport

43  Amount of floor area (m2) per EFTSL at RMIT onshore and offshore campuses in 2021

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

    RMIT Measure 2019 2020 2021
SDG1  No Poverty Number of Students receiving scholarship and assistance packages 4,822 4,843  
SDG2 Zero Hunger Number of Active Research Projects Contributing to the SDG2 50 76 74
SDG3 Good Health and Well-being Number of Active Research Projects Contributing to the SDG3 142 157 191
SDG4 Quality Education Students Participating in Global Leadership Programmes 5,236 7,190  
    HE Graduates satisfaction (%) 0.799 0.819 0.777
    VE Graduates satisfaction (%) 0.839 0.831 0.847
SDG5 Gender Equality Females Commencing a First Degree 0.457 0.457  
    Women in Leadership Roles 0.54 0.559  
SDG6 Clean Water and Sanitation Potable Water consumption (kL) 220310 136265 119625
    Potable Water consumption per student (kL/EFTSL) 4.1 2.7 2.4
SDG7 Affordable and Clean Energy End-Use Energy Consumption (GJ) 298515 233742 245659
    Renewable energy consumed (generated and purchased) (%) 0.1613 0.1528 0.2866
SDG8 Decent Work and Economic Growth HE Graduates in Employment 0.747 0.696 0.696
    VE Graduates in Employment 0.642 0.601 0.613
SDG9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Research Commercialisation - invention disclosures Postgraduate research completions 47357 45355  
SDG10 Reduced Inequalities First Generation Students Starting a First Degree 0.614 0.574  
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff (headcount) 34 39 54
    % of commencing students from Low socio-economic backgrounds (access to HE) 0.139 0.125  
    % of commencing students from Low socio-economic backgrounds (access to VE) 0.183 0.178  
SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities Number of Active Research Projects Contributing to the SDG11 82 101 185
SDG12 Responsible Consumption and Production Operational Waste Recycled (%) 0.24 0.231 0.19
    Construction and Demolition Waste Recycled (%) NA 0.903 0.9764
SDG13 Climate Action Net Greenhouse gas emissions (tCO2-e) 40,540 29,853 20,338
    Greenhouse gas emissions reduction since 2007 (%) -0.481 -0.62 -0.739
SDG14 Life Below Water Number of Active Research Projects Contributing to the SDG14 29 47 55
SDG15 Life On Land Number of Active Research Projects Contributing to the SDG15  62 89 92
SDG16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions Number of Active Research Projects Contributing to the SDG16 64 91 92
SDG17 Partnership for the Goals Active Research projects in partnership with developing countries 23 32 29
  Partnership for the Goals International co-authored publications (co-authored from developing countries) 0.364 0.377 0.25

Staff FTE

 

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
HE Academic 1948 2069 2187 2416 2180 2151
VE Education 678 611 593 753 704 477
Professional 2401 2593 2765 3807 3227 2706
All 588 554 559 630 6111 5334

Staff FTE (Australia)

 

Female Male Other Total
Academic Higher Education        
Teaching and Research 532.1 666.3 1 1199
Research only 172.97 255.92 1.3 430.19
Casual 265 254 3 522
VE Education        
Teachers 186 207 0 393
Casual 43 33 0 76
Professional        
Executive and College / School Support 617 326 8 951
Central Support 1024 599 4 1627
Casual 74 54 1 129

Staff FTE (Vietnam), 2020

 

Female Male Other Total
HE Academic 60 112 0 172
English Teaching 15 43 0 58
Industry Fellow 0 1 0 1
Professional 338 156 0 494
Total 413 312 0 725

Staff Profile

 

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Academic Staff born outside Australia 46% 44% 43% 41% 43%
HE Academic Staff holding PhDs 80% 80% 84% 84% 71%

Finance

 

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total Revenue $1,226m $1,307m $1,433m $1,519m $1,459m $1,555m
Total Assets $3,025m $3,329m $3,394m $3,661m $4,052m $4,122m

Library

 

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Spotlight Series Attendees         1,217 923
Micro-credential badges issued       11,507 19,034 14,050
Reading lists views       625,880 308,017 458,489
Learning Lab views     1,235,313 1,210,455 1,331,824 1,280,989
Skills for Higher Degree Research Candidates views     6,558 9,565 14,930 15,226
eJournal usage     4,923,951 6,048,920 3,624,352 4,227,240
Searches in Databases 1,077,659 1,157,195 1,195,366 1,178,174 1,733,882 1,605,025
Streaming Media Viewed 566,731 687,175 829,975 1,094,404 876,540 1,007,133

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.