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 2018
We made excellent progress in 2018 as we continued to focus on the goals set out in our Ready for Life and Work strategy. We’ve challenged ourselves to reimagine what education will be like tomorrow and decades from now, and to make the changes required for us to support the communities we serve for generations to come.
While we look to the future, we continue to provide transformative experiences for our students today and to shape the world with exceptional research, innovation, teaching and engagement. This is all made possible thanks to the passion and purpose of RMIT’s extraordinary people who share a vision for education that prepares our students for the real world of technology, design and enterprise.
I’m proud of what we achieved in 2018, including:
- Making our first Reconciliation Action Plan a reality and continuing to embed reconciliation in everything we do. We launched Bundyi Girri – Shared Futures – an important step towards a meaningful relationship between non-Indigenous Australians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Responding to changing student preferences with flexible, quality, industry-led teaching that delivers contemporary student outcomes. Students are making it clear we’re on the right track, with 37 per cent year on year growth in RMIT Online.
- Ranking in the world’s top 400 in the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities and the 2019 Best Global Universities Rankings. RMIT also ranked in the world’s top 500 in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 250th in the 2019 QS World University Rankings.
- Maintaining focus on gender balance at RMIT has delivered a 9 per cent increase in the proportion of women in senior positions and we have achieved gender parity on RMIT Council. We were also proud to receive the Gold Employer Status for LGBTI inclusion (Australian Workplace Equality Index) and to be recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (Workplace Gender Equality Agency).
- Expanding our suite of RMIT micro-credentials, enhancing students’ job-ready skills including problem solving, critical thinking and communication. Over 28,000 students enrolled in 2018 with a 90 per cent satisfaction rate.
- Lifting our key student satisfaction measures, including Net Promoter Scores, Course Experience Surveys, and Graduate Outcomes. We were particularly pleased to finish the year, first in Victoria, for overall satisfaction in the International Student Barometer.
- Deepening our relationships and creating opportunities through industry partnerships with some of the world’s most influential organisations. This included significant collaboration announcements with Apple Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Adobe Inc., Amazon Web Services, Inc., Udacity, Inc., Credly, Inc., Accenture Australia, Salesforce.com, Inc., the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the Essendon Football Club.
- Taking care of our staff and students goes deeper than providing a great workplace or an outstanding education. Our Be the Change and It’s OK to not be OK campaigns nurtured a culture of respect, safety and openness. We also invested in the capability of over 400 staff to assist students in distress.
While we deliver on our strategic plan, we constantly adapt to ensure we’re relevant today and prepared for tomorrow. That’s the promise we make to our students and it’s the commitment we live for the communities we serve. I’m confident we’re well placed to continue preparing generations to come for a changing world.
It’s a terrific privilege to serve the diverse communities of RMIT at such a significant juncture in the history of education. Because of our amazing staff, students, Chancellor and Council, we are making a true impact on the world and taking a lead in providing education that leaves no one behind. My gratitude to the many extraordinary people who make this possible every day.
Martin Bean CBE
Vice-Chancellor and President