Saniyat’s contributions to the discipline of fashion enterprise occur through the interlacing of the Engagement, Education and Research domains. He firmly believes that imaginative and rigorous teaching is at the core of transformative student experience. MC213: Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship), more colloquially referred to as ‘MoFE’, was the only Master course in the world to offer graduate students a place to undertake research practices with a high degree of competency and learn enterprising capabilities to create and build their own fashion ventures with confidence. Saniyat uses the best teaching knowledge and digital technology, contemporary theory and practice, and in addition, he utilises his scholarly engagement with professional bodies and industry, to provide transformative experiences for his students.
His teaching practices are shaped by insights and evidence from his students, industry and peer feedback and he takes pride in his teaching practices which are grounded in creative thinking, connected to the textile industry, fashion enterprise and the broader community. He encourages students to be ambitious and passionate, skilled at putting theory into practice with real-life scenarios from the industry. His distinctive pedagogical approach of connected pathways to the fashion and textile industry enables them to be effective communicators with cross-cultural skills ready to collaborate anywhere within the fashion industry. Saniyat is proud of his contribution to student-centred teaching practices and agile ways of working. He has been instrumental in making the Master of Fashion Entrepreneurship one of the top ten programs of its kind globally (BoF).
As Belonging Lead in the School of Fashion and Textiles, he strives to create an inclusive cultural and social environment that exceeds obligations and equips students for life and work in a diverse global environment. He combines scholarly rigour, belonging excellence and industry practice to support his students as they explore new perspectives and opportunities while applying themselves to the realities of the world as it is today. His students continuously question ethical and sustainable practices within fashion enterprises. They are engaged in finding innovative approaches to resolve issues, making them ready for life and work.
Saniyat’s textile materials and fashion systems expertise enables him to bring industry and enterprise connections to classroom settings. He focuses on building stronger connections between research knowledge, curriculum design, teaching and assessment strategies. He uses RMIT’s global reach and knowledge to enrich the student experience by organising impactful study tours. His partnerships and scholarly investments reflect his global outlook and determination in deepening the impact of RMIT’s expertise and comparative advantage, translating these into research income and outputs. Invested in the cultivation of long-term partnerships with global fashion corporations in the fashion and textile supply chain alliances, he reaches into networks of small and medium enterprises, to global collaborations supporting workforce development through his contribution as an educator and a researcher and shapes the future of fashion industry.