Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean - End of Year Staff Message
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RMIT VC MARTIN BEAN – END OF YEAR STAFF MESSAGE
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VISUAL: RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President Martin Bean addresses the camera.
MARTIN BEAN SPEAKS:
Wominjeka, hola and xin chào,
It’s almost the end of 2020 and I think I can safely say we’re all keen to close out this challenging year.
What we’ve been through was unexpected, exhausting and it tested us at every turn.
We’ve also said goodbye to some of our valued colleagues which is never easy.
But as I stand here, back on our Melbourne city campus, I have never felt prouder of the people of RMIT, right around the world, than I do right now.
Because you kept our purpose and our promise alive.
At every step of the way you supported our students, you supported each other, and you refused to let the experience get the better of you.
As a result, we’re going to come back stronger than ever in 2021.
In so many ways this year that kept us apart, brought us together.
From Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City, from Point Cook to Hong Kong, from Bundoora to Hanoi, from Singapore to Shanghai, from Brunswick to Barcelona, you’ve continued to prepare graduates who will be ready to succeed in a new world and produce research that will shape it for the better.
Our experiences have varied widely across communities.
Our people in Vietnam had the good fortune of exceptional pandemic management early on and the opportunity to return to campus quickly. However, the recent outbreak is a reminder of how vigilant we all must remain.
Our people in Spain have ridden the waves of resurgence and our thoughts remain with them.
And in Melbourne we’ve done it tough during lockdown, but it appears we’re through to the other side.
So with a good dose of cautious optimism, and a lot of planning, we’re preparing for COVID Normal campus life in the new year.
Through it all I've seen the power of collaboration and I look forward to keeping that camaraderie alive.
For now, please take some time to rest and recharge when you can.
I can’t thank you enough for what you have given of yourselves this year.
In the decades to come, as RMIT continues to thrive, it will be thanks to you.
Take care and see you in 2021.
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