RMIT Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean introduces Ready for Life and Work: RMIT's strategic plan to 2020.
VISUAL: RMIT University’s Vice-Chancellor, Martin Bean, is framed in a mid-shot and speaks directly to camera.
AUDIO: Martin Bean speaks to camera
MARTIN BEAN SPEAKS: Hi, I’m Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor here at RMIT.
It seems like only yesterday, but back in March I invited the entire RMIT community to think about the University’s direction over the next five years.
And wow, you really rose to the challenge.
Thousands of you have taken part in an open conversation – from Bundoora to Barcelona, from Saigon South to Swanston Street, in short wherever our wonderful alumni and industry partners are located.
We asked you to help shape RMIT and today I’m delighted to share with you our collective thoughts – Ready for Life and Work, RMIT’s strategic plan to 2020.
Our vision is simple but powerful – We are a global university of technology, design and enterprise.
And to get there, we have three broad directions.
The first is in many ways the key one: changing the life experience of our students by graduating them ready for life and work.
To do that we need to ensure our teaching inspires students, can be accessed in ways that come naturally to them, and gives them pathways through the university and into the world of work.
Our second direction is the one that will make the first possible: uniting passion and purpose.
We have great staff. But sometimes we waste your time and energy with complex bureaucratic requirements that detract from teaching, research and external engagement.
So our aim is to support and empower our people with clearer, smarter and simpler systems.
Our third direction is what many of us are ultimately here for – shaping the world through research and teaching.
Our strategic plan aims for research that is applied, interdisciplinary, engaged with industry innovation and connected in powerful ways to the things we teach and the careers our students want.
Our students should be part of the innovation and enterprise revolution taking place right now—getting experience and understanding and eventually jobs through work-integrated learning, joint industry-university research projects and connection to alumni and employer networks.
So please read Ready for Life and Work. You’ll discover a plan deeply shaped by the RMIT community.
It’s not crowded with theory and org charts.
It’s not about some abstract entity called the university.
It’s about a renewed direction of travel for all of us.
And about creating a place that works better for students, staff, alumni and partners.
RMIT University is an amazing institution.
We all have a role to play in renewing it – join us.
VISUAL: The shot of Martin Bean fades out and is replaced with a white title slide reading “Shape RMIT” and with the URL shapermit.com.
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