RMIT has moved its European operations to the city’s innovation and technology district – a shift that signals the University's strong commitment to the City of Barcelona and its presence in Europe.
The new premises, located in the zone 22@, brings RMIT Europe closer to local and international organisations across the knowledge economy and technology sectors including Indra Sistemas, Telefonica, Cisco Systems, Mobile World Capital, Deloitte Cybersecurity and Uponor.
Several of RMIT’s partner universities, such as the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Pompeu Fabra University and the University of Barcelona, also have campuses in the area.
RMIT Europe will operate from the landmark Media-TIC Building - a low-carbon building designed by Spanish architect and RMIT Adjunct Professor Enric Ruis Geli.
RMIT Europe’s Executive Director Marta Fernandez said the move reflects the growth the University's European hub has experienced over the past four years.
“This move demonstrates RMIT’s commitment to Barcelona and its presence in Europe as a global university of technology, design and enterprise.
"By being closer to our partners and like-minded organisations we are able to further expand the opportunities available to RMIT students and researchers in Europe."
The new facilities will provide triple the space available to RMIT students, staff and industry partners in Europe, with the RMIT Master of Design Innovation and Technology study tour the first to be hosted in the new area in September.
The move also serves as a relaunch of RMIT Europe’s operations since it first opened its doors in Barcelona in 2013.
The team will expand on the initiatives and opportunities already established in Europe, such as agreements with leading local universities, participation in six successful European research projects and collaboration with innovative companies across Europe, including Ferrovial, Solvay, Cheap Monday, ARUP and SICE.
In addition, more than 300 industry and research stakeholders as well as 130 students have been supported by RMIT Europe over the past year, either through the facilitation of research collaborations or with study tours, summer schools and internships in Europe.
Story: Andy Sondalini