SDGs Impact Report

SDGs Impact Report

RMIT recognises the important role the education sector can play not only supporting the SDGs agenda, but actually promoting and contributing to the achievement of all 17 Goals. As part of our commitments to the global 2030 sustainable development agenda, RMIT is proud to publish its first SDG Impact report.

For the first time in 2020, RMIT has published an SDG Impact report. This report together with the RMIT Sustainability Annual Report is central to the University’s commitment to transparency regarding the impact of teaching and learning, research and operations on the environment, global and local economies and society.

The report is designed to better inform our stakeholders about RMIT’s contribution to each global goal. Combining quantitative metrics and case studies to outline some of the RMIT work which contributes towards the achievement of the 2030 sustainable development agenda.

This report does not capture all the depth and breadth of activity happening across the University, rather it provides key highlights on every SDG. The online edition of this report will be updated periodically.

Below is a list of the information included in the first edition of the SDG Impact Report.

Total number of research projects in 2019 collaborating to the achievement of at least one SDG 1 target;

  • RMIT’s National contribution of Journal Articles addressing the SDG1 in 2019;
  • RMIT’s citation impact per publications addressing the SDG1 in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 1 publications co-authored internationally in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 1 publications co-authored with developing countries in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 1 publications in top 25% Academic Journals in 2019;
  • Number of students benefiting from RMIT equity-based scholarships in 2019;
  • Qualitative case studies of our operations, learning & teaching and research contributions to the SDG 1.

Further details of our contributions to the SDG 1 can also be obtained on the SDGs Content Index (page 78) section of our 2019 Annual Sustainability Report and our SDG1 website.

Total number of research projects in 2019 collaborating to the achievement of at least one SDG 2 target;

  • RMIT’s National contribution of Journal Articles addressing the SDG2 in 2019;
  • RMIT’s citation impact per publications addressing the SDG2 in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 2 publications co-authored internationally in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 2 publications co-authored with developing countries in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 2 publications in top 25% Academic Journals in 2019.
  • Number of students benefiting from RMIT’s free meals programs.
  • Qualitative case studies of our operations, learning & teaching and research contributions to the SDG 2.

Further details of our contributions to the SDG 2 can also be obtained on the SDGs Content Index (page 78) section of our 2019 Annual Sustainability Report and our SDG2 website.

Total number of research projects in 2019 collaborating to the achievement of at least one SDG 3 target;

  • RMIT’s National contribution of Journal Articles addressing the SDG3 in 2019;
  • RMIT’s citation impact per publications addressing the SDG3 in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 3 publications co-authored internationally in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 3 publications co-authored with developing countries in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 3 publications in top 25% Academic Journals in 2019.
  • Qualitative case studies of our operations, learning & teaching and research contributions to the SDG 3.

Further details of our contributions to the SDG 3 can also be obtained on the SDGs Content Index (page 78) section of our 2019 Annual Sustainability Report and our SDG3 website.

Total number of research projects in 2019 collaborating to the achievement of at least one SDG 4 target;

  • RMIT’s National contribution of Journal Articles addressing the SDG4 in 2019;
  • RMIT’s citation impact per publications addressing the SDG 4 in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 4 publications co-authored internationally in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 4 publications co-authored with developing countries in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 4 publications in top 25% Academic Journals in 2019.
  • Qualitative case studies of our operations, learning & teaching and research contributions to the SDG 4.
  • Number of students who Participated in Global Leadership Programmes

Further details of our contributions to the SDG 4 can also be obtained on the SDGs Content Index (page 78) section of our 2019 Annual Sustainability Report and our SDG4 website.

Total number of research projects in 2019 collaborating to the achievement of at least one SDG 5 target; 

  • RMIT’s National contribution of Journal Articles addressing the SDG 5 in 2019; 
  • RMIT’s citation impact per publications addressing the SDG 5 in 2019; 
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 5 publications co-authored internationally in 2019; 
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 5 publications co-authored with developing countries in 2019; 
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 5 publications in top 25% Academic Journals in 2019. 
  • Percentage of women in leadership roles in 2019
  • Percentage of Females commencing a first degree
  • Percentage of Female Senior Academic Staff
  • Qualitative case studies of our operations, learning & teaching and research contributions to the SDG 5.

Further details of our contributions to the SDG 5  can also be obtained on the SDGs Content Index (page 78) section of our 2019 Annual Sustainability Report and our SDG 5 website.

Total number of research projects in 2019 collaborating to the achievement of at least one SDG 6 target;

  • RMIT’s National contribution of Journal Articles addressing the SDG 6 in 2019;
  • RMIT’s citation impact per publications addressing the SDG 6 in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 6 publications co-authored internationally in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 6 publications co-authored with developing countries in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 6 publications in top 25% Academic Journals in 2019;
  • Water consumption per student;
  • Qualitative case studies of our operations, learning & teaching and research contributions to the SDG 6.

Further details of our contributions to the SDG 6  can also be obtained on the SDGs Content Index (page 78) section of our 2019 Annual Sustainability Report and our SDG 6 website.

Total number of research projects in 2019 collaborating to the achievement of at least one SDG 7 target; 

  • RMIT’s National contribution of Journal Articles addressing the SDG 7 in 2019; 
  • RMIT’s citation impact per publications addressing the SDG 7 in 2019; 
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 7 publications co-authored internationally in 2019; 
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 7 publications co-authored with developing countries in 2019; 
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 7 publications in top 25% Academic Journals in 2019;
  • Percentage of renewable energy
  • Qualitative case studies of our operations, learning & teaching and research contributions to the SDG 7.

Further details of our contributions to the SDG 7  can also be obtained on the SDGs Content Index (page 78) section of our 2019 Annual Sustainability Report and our SDG 7 website.

Total number of research projects in 2019 collaborating to the achievement of at least one SDG 8 target; 

  • RMIT’s National contribution of Journal Articles addressing the SDG 8 in 2019; 
  • RMIT’s citation impact per publications addressing the SDG 8 in 2019; 
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 8 publications co-authored internationally in 2019; 
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 8 publications co-authored with developing countries in 2019; 
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 8 publications in top 25% Academic Journals in 2019;
  • HE Graduates in Enterprise Formation.
  • Qualitative case studies of our operations, learning & teaching and research contributions to the SDG 8.

Further details of our contributions to the SDG 8  can also be obtained on the SDGs Content Index (page 78) section of our 2019 Annual Sustainability Report and our SDG 8 website.

Total number of research projects in 2019 collaborating to the achievement of at least one SDG 9 target;

  • RMIT’s National contribution of Journal Articles addressing the SDG 9 in 2019;
  • RMIT’s citation impact per publications addressing the SDG 9 in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 9 publications co-authored internationally in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 9 publications co-authored with developing countries in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 9 publications in top 25% Academic Journals in 2019;
  • Qualitative case studies of our operations, learning & teaching and research contributions to the SDG 9.

Further details of our contributions to the SDG 9  can also be obtained on the SDGs Content Index (page 78) section of our 2019 Annual Sustainability Report and our SDG 9 website.

Total number of research projects in 2019 collaborating to the achievement of at least one SDG 10 target;

  • RMIT’s National contribution of Journal Articles addressing the SDG 10 in 2019;
  • RMIT’s citation impact per publications addressing the SDG 10 in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 10 publications co-authored internationally in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 10 publications co-authored with developing countries in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 10 publications in top 25% Academic Journals in 2019;
  • First generation Students starting a first degree;
  • Number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Slander Workforce in 2019;
  • Qualitative case studies of our operations, learning & teaching and research contributions to the SDG 10.

Further details of our contributions to the SDG 10  can also be obtained on the SDGs Content Index (page 78) section of our 2019 Annual Sustainability Report and our SDG 10 website.

Total number of research projects in 2019 collaborating to the achievement of at least one SDG 11 target; 

  • RMIT’s National contribution of Journal Articles addressing the SDG 11 in 2019; 
  • RMIT’s citation impact per publications addressing the SDG 11 in 2019; 
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 11 publications co-authored internationally in 2019; 
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 11 publications co-authored with developing countries in 2019; 
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 11 publications in top 25% Academic Journals in 2019;
  • Number of library physical visits
  • Number of Journals, books and books chapters viewed
  • Qualitative case studies of our operations, learning & teaching and research contributions to the SDG 11.

Further details of our contributions to the SDG 12  can also be obtained on the SDGs Content Index (page 78) section of our 2019 Annual Sustainability Report and our SDG 11 website.

Total number of research projects in 2019 collaborating to the achievement of at least one SDG 12 target;

  • RMIT’s National contribution of Journal Articles addressing the SDG 12 in 2019;
  • RMIT’s citation impact per publications addressing the SDG 12 in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 12 publications co-authored internationally in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 12 publications co-authored with developing countries in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 12 publications in top 25% Academic Journals in 2019;
  • Percentage of waste recycled
  • Total of waste send to landfill per student
  • Qualitative case studies of our operations, learning & teaching and research contributions to the SDG 12.

Further details of our contributions to the SDG 12  can also be obtained on the SDGs Content Index (page 78) section of our 2019 Annual Sustainability Report and our SDG 12 website.

Total number of research projects in 2019 collaborating to the achievement of at least one SDG 13 target;

  • RMIT’s National contribution of Journal Articles addressing the SDG 13 in 2019;
  • RMIT’s citation impact per publications addressing the SDG 13 in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 13 publications co-authored internationally in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 13 publications co-authored with developing countries in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 13 publications in top 25% Academic Journals in 2019;
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions (t CO2 -e)
  • Qualitative case studies of our operations, learning & teaching and research contributions to the SDG 13.

Further details of our contributions to the SDG 13  can also be obtained on the SDGs Content Index (page 78) section of our 2019 Annual Sustainability Report and our SDG 13 website.

Total number of research projects in 2019 collaborating to the achievement of at least one SDG 14 target;

  • RMIT’s National contribution of Journal Articles addressing the SDG 14 in 2019;
  • RMIT’s citation impact per publications addressing the SDG 14 in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 14 publications co-authored internationally in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 14 publications co-authored with developing countries in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 14 publications in top 25% Academic Journals in 2019;
  • Qualitative case studies of our operations, learning & teaching and research contributions to the SDG 14.

Further details of our contributions to the SDG 14  can also be obtained on the SDGs Content Index (page 78) section of our 2019 Annual Sustainability Report and our SDG 14 website.

Total number of research projects in 2019 collaborating to the achievement of at least one SDG 15 target; 

  • RMIT’s National contribution of Journal Articles addressing the SDG 15 in 2019; 
  • RMIT’s citation impact per publications addressing the SDG 15 in 2019; 
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 15 publications co-authored internationally in 2019; 
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 15 publications co-authored with developing countries in 2019; 
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 15 publications in top 25% Academic Journals in 2019;
  • Qualitative case studies of our operations, learning & teaching and research contributions to the SDG 15.

Further details of our contributions to the SDG 15  can also be obtained on the SDGs Content Index (page 78) section of our 2019 Annual Sustainability Report and our SDG 15 website.

Total number of research projects in 2019 collaborating to the achievement of at least one SDG 16 target;

  • RMIT’s National contribution of Journal Articles addressing the SDG 16 in 2019;
  • RMIT’s citation impact per publications addressing the SDG 16 in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 16 publications co-authored internationally in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 16 publications co-authored with developing countries in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 16 publications in top 25% Academic Journals in 2019;
  • Qualitative case studies of our operations, learning & teaching and research contributions to the SDG 16.

Further details of our contributions to the SDG 16  can also be obtained on the SDGs Content Index (page 78) section of our 2019 Annual Sustainability Report and our SDG 16 website.

Total number of research projects in 2019 collaborating to the achievement of at least one SDG 17 target;

  • RMIT’s National contribution of Journal Articles addressing the SDG 17 in 2019;
  • RMIT’s citation impact per publications addressing the SDG 17 in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 17 publications co-authored internationally in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 17 publications co-authored with developing countries in 2019;
  • Percentage of RMIT’s SDG 17 publications in top 25% Academic Journals in 2019;
  • Qualitative case studies of our operations, learning & teaching and research contributions to the SDG 17.

Further details of our contributions to the SDG 17  can also be obtained on the SDGs Content Index (page 78) section of our 2019 Annual Sustainability Report and our SDG 17 website.

03 December 2020

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