RMIT University has been recognised for excellence in student employability in the Victorian International Education Awards.
In a recent ceremony at Government House, RMIT received the Victorian Government’s award for Excellence in International Student Employability and Career Development.
The University was also a finalist in the Excellence in International Education (University) and Excellence in English Language Training categories.
The award confirms RMIT’s reputation for producing graduates who are highly valued by employers world-wide.
In the inaugural QS Graduate Employability Rankings released last month, RMIT was ranked fourth in Australia and 56th in the world on the basis of reputation among employers, alumni outcomes, partnerships with employers, employers’ presence on campus and graduate employment rate.
Dean of Students, Professor Owen Hughes, said he was delighted to see RMIT’s career strategy recognised by the prestigious Victorian International Education Awards.
“International students are often disadvantaged by a lack of Australian work experience and industry networks in establishing their career,” he said.
“RMIT‘s mentoring program has been highly successful in linking international and domestic students to the University’s industry partners and extensive alumni community.
“Our mentoring and employability initiatives form an important component of the University’s overall strategy for ensuring that students are ready for life and work, both here and internationally.”
The Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau AM, and the Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, congratulated the award recipients for their contributions to Victoria’s international education sector.
RMIT has developed several interconnected initiatives to assist students in increasing their employability.
A comprehensive “Create Your Future Career” strategy outlines tangible steps for students to build their employability while at university.
The strategy includes a cloud-based Industry Mentoring Program to facilitate partnerships between students, alumni and industry professionals.
The program, and the unique technology which underpins it, ensures that RMIT’s international students are highly advantaged in accessing networks and developing their employability.
Local and international students based in Melbourne are able to access support from industry professionals to explore their career options and develop their industry networks, within Australia, in their home country or elsewhere.
RMIT’s Jobs on Campus program was also recognised for providing students with practical work experience at RMIT to improve their employability and employment outcomes.
The program is especially beneficial for international students who may find it difficult to locate work while studying in Australia.
Through the program, international students benefit from gaining Australian workplace exposure, a Melbourne-based referee, and the potential for work completed to be linked to the student’s studies through work-integrated learning.
The Victorian International Education Awards were introduced in 2013 by the Victorian Government to reward outstanding achievement and excellence in international education from Victoria’s innovative education institutions and providers.
Story: Pauline Charleston