RMIT opens front door to the world of the digital economy

RMIT opens front door to the world of the digital economy

A new approach to business education has launched in Australia, linking industry and research to address the current and anticipated way of working in the rapidly growing digital economy.

Called Digital3 (D3), it aims to upskill learners at a university and industry level through impactful professional development, equipping them with new skills and real-world solutions to confidently participate in the digital economy.    

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Business and Law) and Vice President Professor Julie Cogin said within the next decade it’s estimated that over 70% of the economy will rely on digital business models and business schools must respond. 

“Technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and virtual reality are no longer the technologies of tomorrow. They’re here, they’re having an impact and they’re fundamentally changing how we do business," said Cogin.

“Very soon this technology will touch almost every business in almost every sector, and a solid understanding of Web3 and its impacts will be critical for business leaders wanting to drive positive commercial and social outcomes."   

“This is why we’ve created Digital3, to bring together the knowledge from our world-leading research centres who are experts in this technology and are able to address the current and anticipated needs of business in the digital economy.” 

RMIT Digital3 Director, Professor Frank Kennedy said Digital3 isn’t just another online business school, it’s the front door to resources and the world of the digital economy.  

“With strong links between industry, research and education Digital3 will be able to quickly bring new skills and thinking into industry, assist partners to advance their business or policy outcomes, and support students to quickly gain the in-demand skills for the future of business," said Kennedy.

“At its core Digital3 provides a simple way to work with a multi-disciplinary group of experts in a collaborative, innovative educational environment." 


The Digital 3 team stands in group with Vice Chancellor Alec Cameron L-R: Associate Professor Chris Berg, Vice-Chancellor and President Alec Cameron, Director D3 Frank Kennedy, Associate Professor Shelley Marshall, Distinguished Professor Jason Potts, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Business and Law) Professor Julie Cogin, Professor Matt Warren. Photo: RMIT University

Digital3 research and short courses 

Central to Digital3 are RMIT’s leading research centres, The Blockchain Innovation Hub, Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation, Business and Human Rights Centre, Enterprise AI and Data Analytics Hub and its Centre for People Organisations and Work. 

A range of Digital3 short courses are being released, focused on the topics of business and Web3, Security and advancing social impact through digital technologies. 

The first course, Doing Business in Web3, is now available through FutureLearn with a continuous start date so anyone can join and start learning at any time.  

More information about Digital3 short courses is available here.

More information about Digital3 research and partnerships is available here.


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