RMIT University's Annual Reports cover the financial year from 1 January to 31 December.
- They are tabled in the Victorian Parliament and then published as a public record of the University's strategic direction, activities, achievements, governance and financial position.
Annual Report 2017
For RMIT, 2017 was a year of continued transformation and renewal.
Our founding motto, “a skilled hand, a cultivated mind”, remains as relevant today as it was 130 years ago. These words continue to inspire RMIT’s mission, driving us to create transformative experiences for our students and shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and engagement.
Guided by our Strategic Plan, Ready for Life and Work, the RMIT community is making progress in implementing our goals under three strategic directions.
As part of these efforts, significant initiatives launched in 2017 include:
- Making meaningful progress on our Reconciliation Action Plan, with the appointment of our first Aboriginal Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor – Indigenous Education and Engagement, Professor Mark McMillan, launch of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Plan, and the opening of a new Ngarara Willim Centre at our Bundoora campus.
- A series of industry-relevant 21st century micro-credentials - RMIT Creds - to build our students’ enterprise skills. Aligned with core capabilities and industry values, the 34 micro-creds are delivered on a digitally-enabled platform and focus on areas like problem solving, critical thinking and communication.
- An Australian-first collaboration with Apple to deliver their App Development with Swift curriculum through a suite of online and faceto-face courses, providing opportunities to thousands of students to develop digital skills for the future workforce.
- Strengthening the University’s research capacity through the appointment of directors to lead our eight Enabling Capability Platforms (ECP), and recruitment of 32 Vice-Chancellor’s outstanding researchers. RMIT also enrolled almost 500 new Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students, while the first cohorts of RMIT Vietnam PhD candidates began their research, with 10 doctoral students recruited.
- Completion of the $220 million New Academic Street transformation of our City campus, enhancing the student experience through new and refurbished indoor and outdoor spaces, major upgrades to the City campus library and student support services, and an industry-leading studio, teaching and production facility, the RMIT Media Precinct.
- Investing in, and driving fundraising to, the reactivation of the Capitol Theatre. Working with the State Government, the project will transform the Melbourne icon into a centre for cutting-edge tertiary education, as well as a cultural landmark and creative space for the city.
- Radically cutting our energy and water use through the completion of our $128 million Sustainable Urban Precincts Program – the biggest of its kind in the southern hemisphere. The upgrades to 77 buildings across our Melbourne campuses will reduce our annual greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 32,000 tonnes and cut water use by about 53 million litres a year.
- Transforming our enrolled nursing program to create an immersive learning environment for vocational students, with all teaching conducted at a dedicated education unit based at Northern Health Care Services. The State Government-funded initiative aims to address the enrolled nurse skill shortage and help meet the challenge faced by industry in recruiting and retaining staff.
- Collaborating with the City of Melbourne and University of Melbourne to create an “urban innovation district” to drive investment in the knowledge economy, as part of the Melbourne Innovation Districts (MID) initiative.
- A partnership between RMIT Vietnam and one of Vietnam’s leading asset management groups, VinaCapital, to create a four-year term professorship that will support research in economics and the capital market in the rapidly developing nation.
- Bringing our European operations closer to partner universities and top local and international organisations across the knowledge economy and technology sectors, through the relocation of RMIT Europe to Barcelona’s innovation and technology district, zone 22.
- A strategic alliance with the Indian Academy of Science and Innovation Research (AcSIR) to deliver a groundbreaking joint PhD program, enabling RMIT and AcSIR students to pursue their doctoral studies across international borders.
- A partnership with Victoria’s leading housing organisation Unison, which supports Australia’s first Professor of Urban Housing and Homelessness, with a dedicated research team, and an innovative program bringing together academic and industry knowledge to improve the lives of 650,000 Australians experiencing homelessness.
The world is changing like never before and the RMIT community is committed to adapting education to remain relevant and impactful. We solve real world problems with our research and provide practical education for today and tomorrow. In every sense we hold true to our founding purpose.
Energised by new opportunities and grounded in the roots of what we do best, we move confidently into the future.
Martin Bean CBE
Vice-Chancellor and President