The Academic Plan was endorsed by University Council on 29 August 2011 after extensive consultation with Colleges, Schools and Portfolios of RMIT.
RMIT was founded as a vocational and technological college and has grown to be an institution that is distinctive in its technology and design focus. The Strategic Plan emphasises that: ‘As a university of technology and design, RMIT will focus on creating solutions that transform the future for the benefit of people and their environments. We will collaborate with partners to ensure the global impact of our education and research and we will reach out through our presence in cities across the world to make a difference’.
The Academic Plan will assist RMIT to make a difference to the lives of our students, our staff and our community. RMIT will offer academic programs that transform the lives of our students by offering pathway clusters and support that encourage successful student progress and completion. It will invest in learning technology, spaces and administrative systems that transform the student experience by facilitating excellent learning, by refining our program offerings, by seeking global connections with new educational partners and by ensuring strong student engagement and employment for our graduates in the professions and occupations of the future.
RMIT will deliver high quality and high impact programs through its three Colleges—Business; Design and Social Context; Science, Engineering and Health—and across campuses and international partnerships, with concentration on the following fields:
- Global communities
- Health solutions
- Global business
- Urban sustainable futures
Through the Program Annual Review process, RMIT will use evidence of program quality, viability and relevance to ensure that we are offering students the most appropriate, quality experience that will assist them in determining their own future. The Colleges, Schools, support areas of the University and the Learning and Teaching Investment Fund will enable us to work strategically to shape our academic programs.
RMIT is in a unique position to have impact on the many countries in which we have a presence. Our processes ensure appropriate quality and comparability of academic standards and we have a broad range of qualifications, from introductory foundation programs, through vocational awards to our higher education coursework and research degrees. RMIT will focus on smoothing the pathways between its programs and locations, through the refinement of program architecture and through delivery and service models that remove unnecessary barriers to student pathways and maximise the benefits of RMIT’s broad range of internationally and professionally recognised programs. Developing its tertiary range, RMIT will build on the current successes of associate degrees and skills electives.
The development of this Plan has been a partnership between the Academic Portfolio, Colleges and others from across the University. It is a Plan that belongs to us all and which will require all areas of RMIT to work collaboratively to achieve the stated aims. The Plan is designed to identify priorities and enablers to address the things that matter to students, to staff, to partner organisations and to the wider community. It starts with RMIT’s specialised focus on technology and design and then gives attention to the global, urban and connected goals.
Professor Gill Palmer
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Vice-President