I am proud to welcome you to this website which celebrates the range of exciting research currently being done by RMIT PhD candidates in conjunction with industry partners.
It is our hope that the case studies presented here and the other resources and information provided will encourage further PhD candidates and industries to find ways of engaging together in research which tackles industry problems and adds significant value.
RMIT University started its life as the Working Men's College in 1887 and adopted the motto “Perita manus, mens exculta”: that is, the university aims to develop in each of its graduates a skilled hand and a cultivated mind. This continues to inspire the university today as our PhD candidates use their advanced disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge to engage directly with problems and challenges faced by industry, government, the non-government and community sector and the professions and undertake research directed to solving problems, improving processes, and adding value beyond the world of scholarship.
From the beginning, staff and students have been attracted to RMIT because of its strengths in applied education and and research. The breadth of our research and reputation for innovation are underpinned by the strong industry links that RMIT has forged over our long history and our commitment to the application and translation of our research.
Our ongoing commitment and demonstrated track record to research that responds to industry and community differentiate RMIT from many other universities and today this approach to research and research education is more important than ever. With many of our PhD and Masters candidates undertaking applied and translational research, we take pride in our capacity to partner with a wide range of industry partners to help them solve the problems they may be facing. And, we aim to make the process of engagement as smooth as possible for all stakeholders.
Together we can address the commercial and innovation challenges of small, medium, large and community based organisations and also prepare research graduates with the skills, knowledge and attributes that make them highly employable global citizens. In fact, the skills being acquired by our graduates not only position them well for exciting and productive careers but also to drive innovation and growth which will create jobs and careers for others also.
Professor Denise Cuthbert
Dean of the School of Graduate Research