Mission

RMIT embraces the task of extending the benefits of a fast-innovating, high-skill knowledge economy to our whole community and our world. We are dedicated to helping shape a new urban and industrial renaissance in the global economy.

We are driven by impact and focused on the challenges and opportunities emerging around us.

As the world economy transforms, we have a responsibility to make the resulting changes work for the whole of society.

Our distinctive approach to connected education and research links creative ideas with technical knowledge. We empower students to shape their own lives, achieve impact and create valued places for themselves through work and engagement in the wider community. RMIT understands how to do this during a period of deep technological change – because we have been through it before.

RMIT began helping people and organisations make the transition to an industrial society more than a century ago. RMIT remains a meeting place for people from diverse origins, a place of exchange and dialogue, creative conflict and collaboration where knowledge and skills are applied to create new understanding and value.

Today, we embrace the challenge of helping to shape a new urban and industrial renaissance in a global economy.

The innovation and pace of change now under way is immense. New industries are being created while others are destroyed. Yet more are being transformed and renewed. The mass factories of the past are being replaced by clusters of production centred around new knowledge, technology, skills and creativity.

Students, workers and institutions need entrepreneurship and teamwork to adapt and succeed.

Today, how we learn is just as important for success as where and what we learn. Being ready for life and work means combining contemporary ideas and deep knowledge with cutting-edge learning skills and methods.

We are passionately committed to growing interdisciplinary expertise and creative thinking, together with practical application and problem-solving directly relevant to the lives of the communities we serve.

Our commitment to serving students from all backgrounds is equally strong. This includes a responsibility to lead in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, to ensure access and effective support for all students, and to embracing the global diversity and talent of all our students and staff.

 

In the coming years RMIT will offer programs and research in ways that will:

We will deploy our distinctive research capabilities to make new discoveries, to innovate through practice and to generate ideas and culture that enrich the economy and community.

Our unique mix of interdisciplinary expertise and collaborative clustering will help to solve complex local national and global problems.

For RMIT, this approach is both historically grounded and firmly contemporary. This is how we were established and how we have developed over almost 130 years. Being a university of technology, design and enterprise and a great urban university located in some of the most dynamic and creative cities around the world gives us a major advantage.

By building on what we have achieved and embracing the possibilities of digital, economic and social transformation, RMIT will help to shape the future in a way that no other university can.

Our task is to bring the talents of our staff and students together with industry and the community to renew ourselves through teaching, learning, research and collaborative innovation, all supported by new technology.

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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 Nations 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.

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