His Royal Highness, The Prince Andrew, Duke of York has toured RMIT’s City campus, meeting students and staff.
It included experiencing a live innovation showcase – the very best of technology, design and enterprise.
For the first time on his Australian visit, His Royal Highness was welcomed to country by Indigenous Elders.
Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Di Kerr and Boonwurrung Elder Aunty Carolyn Briggs conducted a moving ceremony, with Wamba Wamba man Ron Murray playing didgeridoo.
Martin Bean CBE, Vice-Chancellor and President, said that it was a pleasure and privilege to welcome His Royal Highness to RMIT.
“The Indigenous traditional owners of this land are proud representatives of the world’s oldest living culture and I know how much it means to everyone at RMIT to enter their land with their Elders’ blessing.
“RMIT is 130 years old this year – we have a rich past and a great future.
“RMIT is enormously proud of our royal connections, connections that are being strengthened by your visit today.
“Ninety years ago, on 27 April, your grandmother, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of York, officially opened the Emily McPherson College of Domestic Economy just a few hundred metres from here.
“Emily Mac, as it’s affectionately known, amalgamated with RMIT in 1979 and today houses our MBA and Juris Doctor programs.
“And in 1954, your mother, Queen Elizabeth II, awarded the then Melbourne Technical College royal patronage in recognition of its educational service to the Commonwealth and contribution to the war effort,” Martin said.
Royal Melbourne Technical College – today the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – remains the only higher education institution in Australia with the right to use the prefix “Royal” and the Monarchy’s coat of arms.
His Royal Highness is in Australia with Pitch@Palace, a global platform which aims to guide and connect entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses with potential supporters including CEOs, influencers, investors, mentors and business partners.
This week, 20 teams competed at Pitch@Palace at Government House, with five RMIT Activator teams graduating to the next stage.
Following the national final in late September, a start-up will be selected to represent Australia at the Pitch@Palace Global event, to be held at London’s St James’s Palace in early December.