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RMIT University, officially the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT),, section 4(b) is a
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in
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Melbourne
,
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Australia
. Founded in 1887 by
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Francis Ormond
, RMIT began as a
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offering classes in art, science, and technology, in response to the
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in Australia. It was a private college for more than a hundred years before merging with the
Phillip Institute of Technology Phillip Institute of Technology (PIT) was a Tertiary education, tertiary college in northern Melbourne, from 6 January 1982 to 30 June 1992 at which time the school integrated as part of RMIT University. The college's buildings formed RMIT's Bundoor ...
to become a
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in 1992. It has an enrolment of around 95,000
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and
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students, making it the largest dual-sector education institution in Australia. With an annual revenue of around A$1.5 billion, it is also one of the wealthiest universities in Australia. It is rated a five star university by
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(QS) and is ranked 15th in the World for art and design subjects in the
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, making it the top art and design university in Australia and
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Oceania
. The main campus of RMIT is situated on the northern edge of the historic
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in the city centre of Melbourne. It has two satellite campuses in the city's northern suburbs of
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and
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and a training site situated on the
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Williams base in the western suburb of
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. It also has a training site at Bendigo Airport in the
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city of
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Bendigo
and a research site in
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Hamilton
near the
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Grampians National Park
. In Asia, it has two branch campuses in
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Ho Chi Minh City
and
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Hanoi
and a training centre in
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Da Nang
in
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Vietnam
as well as teaching partnerships in
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Mainland China
,
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Hong Kong
,
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Indonesia
,
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Singapore
and
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Sri Lanka
. In Europe, it has a research and collaboration centre in the
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Spanish
city of
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Barcelona
.


History


Early history (before 1887)

The antecedent of RMIT, the Working Men's College of Melbourne, was founded by the Scottish-born
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and politician The Hon. Francis Ormond in the 1880s. Planning began in 1881, with Ormond basing his model for the college on the (now a constituent college of the
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), Brighton College of Art (now the
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),
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, and the Working Men's College of London. Ormond donated the sum of £5000 toward the foundation of the college. He was supported in the
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Victorian Parliament
by
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and in the
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by William Emmett Murphy. The workers' unions of Melbourne rallied their members to match Ormond's donation. The site for the college, on the corners of Bowen Street and La Trobe Street, opposite the , was donated by the
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.


Working Men's College (1887–1960)

The Working Men's College of Melbourne opened on 4 June 1887 with a gala ceremony at the
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Melbourne Town Hall
, becoming the fifth tertiary education provider in Victoria (the
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Melbourne Athenaeum
was founded in 1839, the
University of Melbourne The University of Melbourne is a public In public relations Public relations (PR) is the practice of managing and disseminating information from an individual or an organization An organization, or organisation (English in t ...

University of Melbourne
in 1853, the Ballarat School of Mines in 1870 and the Bendigo School of Mines in 1873). It took 320 enrollments on its opening night. It opened as a night school for instruction in "art, science and technology"—in the words of its founder—"especially to working men".Ross, C. Stuart (1912). Francis Ormond Pioneer, Patriot, Philanthropist. London: Melville and Mullen. pp 76–84 Ormond was a firm believer in the transformative power of education and believed the college would be of "great importance and value" to the industrialisation of Melbourne during the late-19th century. In 1904, it was incorporated under the ''Companies Act'' as a private college. Between the turn of the 20th century and the 1930s, it expanded over the neighbouring
Old Melbourne Gaol The Old Melbourne Gaol is a former jail and current museum on Russell Street, Melbourne, Russell Street, in Melbourne, Victoria (Australia), Victoria, Australia. It consists of a bluestone building and courtyard, and is located next to the old ...

Old Melbourne Gaol
and constructed buildings for new art, engineering and radio schools. It also made its first contribution to Australia's war effort through training of returned
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from World War I. Following a petition by students, it officially changed its name to the Melbourne Technical College in 1934. The expanded college made a greater contribution to Australia's effort during World War II by training a sixth of the country's military personnel—including the majority of its Royal Australian Air Force communication officers. It also trained 2000 civilians in
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munitions
manufacturing and was commissioned by the
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to manufacture military aircraft parts—including the majority of parts for the .


RMIT (1960–1992)

Following World War II, in 1954 it became the first Australian tertiary education provider to be awarded royal patronage (by
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Elizabeth II
) for its service to the Commonwealth in the area of education and for its contribution to the war effort; and was officially renamed the "Royal Melbourne Technical College". It became (and remains to this day) the only higher education institution in Australia with the right of the prefix "Royal" along with the use of the Australian monarchy's regalia. Its name was officially changed to the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1960. During the mid-20th century, it was restructured as a provider of general higher and vocational education, and pioneered
dual sector education Dual-sector education is a system of tertiary education that includes substantial amounts of both vocational education, vocational (skills-based) and higher education, higher (academic-based) education in the same institution. It differs from, an ...
in Australia. It also began an engagement with
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Southeast Asia
during this time (under the Australian Government's
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Colombo Plan
). In 1979, the neighbouring
Emily McPherson College of Domestic Economy The Emily McPherson College of Domestic Economy was an Australian family and consumer science, domestic science college for women, in Melbourne, Victoria (Australia), Victoria. It was officially opened on 27 April 1927 by The Duchess of York (l ...
joined with RMIT.


RMIT University (1992)

After merging with the Phillip Institute of Technology in 1992,History of RMIT
, RMIT Institute, retrieved 22 September 2012
it became a public university by act of the Victorian Government under the ''Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Act 1992'',
Parliament of Victoria The Parliament of Victoria is the bicameral legislature of the Australian state of Victoria (Australia), Victoria that follows a Westminster System, Westminster-derived parliamentary system. It consists of the Monarchy in Australia, Queen, repre ...

Parliament of Victoria
(1992)
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Act 1992
(repealed), section 1,
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(online), retrieved 22 September 2012
and changed its name to RMIT University. During the 1990s, the university underwent a rapid expansion and amalgamated with a number of nearby colleges and institutes. The Melbourne College of Decoration and Design joined RMIT in 1993, to create a new dedicated vocational design school, followed by the Melbourne College of Printing and Graphic Arts in 1995. That same year, it opened its first radial campus in
Bundoora Bundoora is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria (Australia), Victoria, Australia, 16 km north-east of Melbourne's Melbourne City Centre, Central Business District. Its local government areas are the Cities of City of Banyule, Banyule, City of Da ...
in the northern Melbourne metropolitan area. In 1999, it acquired the Melbourne Institute of Textiles campus in Brunswick in the inner-northern Melbourne metropolitan area for its vocational design schools.


Recent history (2000–present)

At the turn of the 21st century, it was invited by the
Vietnamese Government The Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is the executive branch The executive (short for executive branch or executive power) is the part of government A government is the system or group of people governing an or ...
to become the country's first foreign-owned university.Our heritage
, RMIT International University, retrieved 27 September 2012
Its first
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opened in
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Ho Chi Minh City
in 2001 with a second in
Hanoi , population_total = 8,053,663 ( 2nd) , population_as_of = 2019 , population_demonym = Hanoian , population_density_km2 = auto , population_urban = 3,962,310 , population_density_urban_km2 = 14708.8 , popula ...

Hanoi
in 2004. In 2013, it established a presence in Europe by opening a centre in
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Barcelona
, Spain.RMIT Europe launches in style
". RMIT University (11 July 2013), retrieved 3 July 2013


Campuses


Australia


Melbourne City

Located in the Melbourne city centre, the historic City campus of RMIT is the foundation campus of the university as well as its largest and most recognisable. It is known for its striking
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as well as its well-preserved
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and
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buildings.RMIT's historic buildings
, RMIT University, retrieved 23 September 2012
Founded in 1887, the City campus began as the Working Men's College of Melbourne. Its original building is situated on the corner of Bowen Street and La Trobe Street, and the campus has since grown to 87 buildings in 2016.Melbourne City campus map
. RMIT University. Retrieved 11 December 2016
The campus has no perimeter walls. As such, its buildings are contiguous with the surrounding city. Most of its buildings are spread across six city blocks covering approximately . It is roughly bound by La Trobe Street to the south,
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Elizabeth Street
to the south-east and Swanston Street to the north-east (connected by Franklin Street), Queensberry Street to the north,
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to the north-west and Russell Street to the south-west. The campus area is situated between the two oldest sections of the city; the northern edge of the Hoddle Grid to its south and the
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to its south-west. The area is sometimes referred to as the "RMIT quarter" of the city.Webb, Carolyn (14 July 2012),
RMIT's wave of progress
", ''
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'',
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, retrieved 27 September 2012
O'Neill, Tamsin (ed.) (24 July 2008),
RMIT University's landmark building
", ''Green Magazine'', retrieved 27 September 2012
At the intersection of La Trobe Street and Swanston Street, the campus also benefits from its proximity to the
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State Library of Victoria
as well as the adjacent
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Melbourne Central Shopping Centre
and its
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underground railway station. It is also well-serviced by the city tram network along La Trobe Street and Swanston Street and has its own tram stop (Stop 7 RMIT University/Swanston Street) in the densest section of the campus. The city block bound by Bowen Street, Franklin Street, La Trobe Street, and Russell Street, served as the justice precinct of the city for over 100 years. While it is mostly occupied by campus buildings today, which were constructed over the site of the demolished Old Melbourne Gaol, some original buildings from the precinct remain and are used by the university. From the Old Melbourne Gaol, they include its east wing cell block (1854) which is now operated as a museum by the
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, its former chapel and gatehouse (1860) which are now used as a multi-faith place of worship for the campus, and the site of its former hospital which is now used as a landscaped space known as Alumni Courtyard. Other buildings from the precinct that remain are the former Melbourne City Watchhouse (1904) which is also operated as a museum by the National Trust, and the former Melbourne Magistrates' Court (1914) which is now used to house university administration. Other notable buildings on the City campus include
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original section (1887), Forresters' Hall (1888),
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(1924), Emily McPherson College (1927), Building 8 (1993), Storey Hall annex (1995), Singer Building "green brain" (2010), Design Hub (2011), and Swanston Academic Building (2012).


Bundoora

The Bundoora campus was established in 1992. It is located 18 km from the City campus in the outer northern suburb of Bundoora. The campus is divided into 'East' and 'West' by Plenty Road. In a contrast to the urban City campus, the Bundoora West campus is set amongst almost of parkland.Bundoora campus
, RMIT University, retrieved 27 September 2012
Programs in
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aerospace engineering
,
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electrical engineering
,
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mechanical engineering
,
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s and
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social science
s are offered at the Bundoora campus.


Brunswick

The Brunswick campus became a part of RMIT in 1999 as a dedicated site for its vocational design schools. It is located 6 km from the City campus in the inner northern suburb of Brunswick. Prior to its annexation by RMIT, it was the campus of the former Melbourne Institute of Textiles for nearly 50 years. Programs in fashion design, graphic design, printing, publishing and textiles are offered at the Brunswick campus.


Other sites

RMIT's flight training programs are conducted from its site at the
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's (RAAF) historic Williams base. It is located from the City campus in the outer south-western suburb of
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. RAAF Williams is the world's oldest operating air force base and the birthplace of the Royal Australian Air Force. The university also has a regional research site in the rural town of
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Hamilton
. It is located 300 km north-west of the City campus in regional Victoria—just south of the
Grampians National Park The Grampians National Park commonly referred to as The Grampians, is a national park located in the Grampians (region), Grampians region of Victoria (Australia), Victoria, Australia. The Jardwadjali name for the mountain range itself is Gariwe ...

Grampians National Park
. The Potter Rural Community Research Centre at the site focuses on rural and regional issues in a global context. RMIT Training also offers English Language Tests for Aviation or RELTA.


Asia


Ho Chi Minh City

In 1998, RMIT was invited by the Vietnamese Government to establish the country's first foreign-owned university. In 2001, it purchased and restored a 19th-century
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building and grounds in
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, Ho Chi Minh City. The building, located on Pham Ngoc Thach Street, is informally referred to as "the Castle" by students.Pham Ngoc Thach site
, RMIT International University, retrieved 27 September 2012
Today, the Pham Ngoc Thach site remains a radial site of the present Ho Chi Minh City campus. The present Ho Chi Minh City campus is located in the Phu My Hung area of the Saigon South development in
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. The first academic buildings on the large purpose-built campus opened in 2005. In 2011, its recreation complex and residential centres opened.


Hanoi

The Hanoi campus was established in 2004. It was initially located in the Van Phuc Diplomatic Compound in the government precinct of the
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, Hanoi. In 2007, it also acquired a building in the Dong Da District to accommodate rising student numbers. It consolidated its two buildings in a newly built tower overlooking Ngoc Khanh Lake in the Ba Dinh District in 2010.


Other partners

RMIT teaches and/or accredits programs for the Hong Kong Art School and Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade in
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China
,
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Europe


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Organisation and governance

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, RMIT University, retrieved 30 August 2014
and is governed by the RMIT Council and is managed by the RMIT Chancellery., section 8(2)(a)(b)RMIT Council Governance Charter
, RMIT University, retrieved 30 August 2014


Divisions

RMIT University is separated into two divisions: the Higher Education Division and the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Division. The divisions are responsible for the 17 academic schools of RMIT—which are grouped into three academic portfolios referred to as colleges. The higher education schools offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, while the VET schools offer vocational certificates and diplomas.


Council

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Vice-Chancellor

The RMIT Council grants power over all academic and administrative affairs of the university to the RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President—who is the
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of the university. The Vice-Chancellor and President is "responsible for the conduct of the University's affairs in all matters". Management of RMIT's colleges and portfolios is then delegated by the Vice-Chancellor and President to a team of Deputy and Pro Vice-Chancellors as well as senior executives. The RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, since 1 February 2015, is information technology businessman and former Vice-Chancellor of the
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Academic Board

The requirements for the conferring of an academic degree of the university is determined and approved by the RMIT Academic Board. The board consists of the RMIT Chancellery as ex officio members, and up to a further 46 members—34 of which must be elected by staff and students. Those conferred an academic degree of the university may use the post-nominal letters "RMIT" with the abbreviation of their degree title.


Colleges and schools

The four academic colleges housing the schools of RMIT are the College of Business and Law (BUSL), College of Design and Social Context (DSC) and College of Vocational Education and the STEM College (incorporating the fields of sciences, engineering, computing technologies and health and medical sciences (STEM). College of Business and Law *RMIT School of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain *RMIT School of Economics, Finance and Marketing *RMIT Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT School of Graduate Business and Law *RMIT School of Management College of Design and Social Context *RMIT School of Architecture and Urban Design *RMIT School of Art *RMIT School of Design *RMIT School of Education *RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles *RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies *RMIT School of Media and Communication *RMIT School of Property, Construction and Project Management STEM College *RMIT School of Computing Technologies *RMIT School of Engineering *RMIT School of Health and Biomedical Sciences *RMIT School of Science College of Vocational Education incorporates the fields of business, design and technology, media, art and communication, social care, engineering technology, nursing, computer science, myotherapy, dental studies, trades and the built environment.


Commercial subsidiaries

"RMIT Group" is the business unit of the university and consists of the entities controlled by RMIT University, including wholly owned subsidiaries such as: *RMIT Training, and its sub-entities, which include: **Informit (for online publication); which owns and operates the Informit (database), Informit database, the largest online database of research from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific;[ **RMIT University Press (trading as RMIT Publishing; for print publication); and **RMIT English Worldwide. (RMIT Training owned a number of other subsidiaries between 1999 and 2009, but these have been either terminated or merged into the three remaining entities.) As of 2013, international holdings companies included RMIT Spain (trading as RMIT Europe) and RMIT University Vietnam, RMIT Vietnam, and there were other commercial interests and sub-entities.Annual Report 2013
, p. 30, RMIT University, retrieved 30 August 2014
, RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam and one in Spain.


Academics


Rankings

According to the QS World University Rankings, RMIT is ranked as a five star university in the areas of: research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalisation, innovation, engagement, specialisation. According to the 2021 QS World University Rankings, RMIT was ranked 15th in the world for art and design subjects, making it the top art and design school in Australia and Oceania. RMIT is ranked 16th in the world and 3rd in Australia among universities less than 50 years old in the 2016–17 QS Top 50 Under 50 index.Top 50 under 50
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Times Higher Education rankings placed RMIT in the 93rd position of 100 universities under 50 years old. RMIT is ranked 28th in the world for Architecture and the Built Environment (4th highest in Australia) in the 2017 ''QS World University Rankings by Subject''.


Research

RMIT focuses on applied research as well as outcome-related research and consultancy services, and has extensive partnerships with government and industry. It mainly focuses its research in the areas of design, technology, health, globalisation and sustainability. Its Portfolio of Research and Innovation operates on a similar scale to its colleges, and also contains a specialist research school in order to foster excellence in research methodology and pedagogy. In addition to the Portfolio of Research and Innovation, over 50 research center, research centres operate independently within RMIT's colleges and schools as well as a large number of smaller research groups.


Collections


Libraries

RMIT Library is the central libraries network of the university. It has four locations across RMIT's three Australian campuses.About the University Library
, RMIT University, retrieved 28 September 2012
Swanston Library is the largest in the network, and is located in Building 8 at the City campus. Swanston Library is also reported to be amongst the top five libraries in all of Melbourne. Other libraries in the network are the Brunswick Library, Bundoora West Library and Carlton Library (the latter of which is also at the City campus). The City campus also benefits from its proximity to the State Library of Victoria—the central public reference library and the largest library in Melbourne. In addition to its libraries network, RMIT schools also maintain their own specialised collections. Notable examples of school-maintained collections are the RMIT School of Media and Communication#AFI Research Collection, AFI Research Collection,AFI Research Collection
, RMIT University, retrieved 30 September 2012
RMIT School of Architecture and Design#RMIT Design Archives, RMIT Design Archives and RMIT School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering#National Aerospace Resource Centre, National Aerospace Resource.RMIT Design Archives
, RMIT University, retrieved 28 September 2012
National Aerospace Resource Centre
RMIT University, retrieved 28 September 2012
Two libraries are located at RMIT's Vietnam campuses; Beanland Library and Hanoi Library. The Beanland Library is the larger of the two libraries, and is located at the Ho Chi Minh City campus.


Online databases

Selected research of RMIT academics and postgraduate students can be accessed through the RMIT Research Repository—an open access database of peer-reviewed published articles, conference papers, books and chapters, etc.Research Repository
, RMIT University, retrieved 8 March 2013
Documents held by the RMIT Research Repository are also indexed by Google Scholar, National Library of Australia and WorldCat. As of March 2013, there are more than 19,000 records in the Repository. The university's subsidiary, RMIT Training, also owns and operates the Informit online library database (see RMIT#informit, above), which is the largest database of research from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific.


Galleries

The major public art gallery of the university is RMIT Gallery, located at the City campus. The gallery runs a highly regarded program of Australian and international exhibitions, and focuses on contemporary art, design and visual culture. It is located in the historic original section of Storey Hall on Swanston Street and is considered to be one of Melbourne's most vibrant art galleries. The gallery also publishes widely on art and design research in partnership with RMIT Publishing.About Us
, RMIT Publishing, retrieved 28 September 2012
RMIT First Site Gallery at the City campus is the main gallery of the RMIT Union, RMIT Link campus union,First Site Gallery
RMIT Link, retrieved 30 September 2012
and focuses on emerging artists and is located beneath RMIT Gallery. The campus union also manages the Artland program at the Brunswick campus.
RMIT Link, retrieved 30 September 2012
Artland consists of 16 sites around the campus and Brunswick streets showcasing work of design students. In addition to the Story Hall galleries, many of RMIT's schools also manage their own discipline-relevant galleries. Notable examples are the RMIT School of Art, School of Art's main gallery and Project Space / Spare Room Gallery, the RMIT School of Media and Communication, School of Media and Communication's Field36 Gallery, and the RMIT School of Architecture and Design, School of Architecture and Design's Virtual Reality Centre and Design Hub Gallery. The acclaimed public art program of the School of Art also produces art in public spaces around RMIT's campuses as well as the greater Melbourne city centre and metropolitan area.


University Art Collection

RMIT Gallery is also charged as the caretaker of RMIT's permanent art collection. It includes the substantial Lindsay Edward, Linsday Edward Collection of fine art and invaluable W. E. Macmillan Collection of gold and silver as well as a number of other sub-collections.Skilled Hand and Cultivated Mind
RMIT University, retrieved 30 September 2012
The Linsday Edwards Collection has a strong focus on Australian art, and holds work by leading Australian artists (including RMIT alumni or former faculty) such as Howard Arkley, John Brack, Leonard French, Roger Kemp, Inge King, Max Meldrum, John Olsen (Australian artist), John Olsen, Lenton Parr, and Fred Williams (artist), Fred Williams. A history of the art collection is documented in the publication ''A Skilled Hand and Cultivated Mind: A Guide to the Architecture and Art of RMIT''.


Student life


Link (campus union)

RMIT Link is the university's campus union.About us
RMIT Link, retrieved 30 September 2012
It exists to sponsor and promote social, cultural, educational, sporting and recreational programs and activities among the RMIT community, and to provide such facilities and services at RMIT's Australian campuses. Link is separated into two divisions: Arts & Culture and Sports & Recreation. It is a controlled entity under the authority of RMIT's Council. Arts & Culture manages a number of Extracurricular activity, extra-curricular arts collectives. It also offers workshop and seminars as well as funding for arts initiatives, and runs a free cinema program at the City and Bundoora campuses. Sports & Recreation manages the university's semi-professional sports teams, which are collectively known as the RMIT Redbacks, Redbacks, and has an sportsperson, elite athlete funding program. It offers funding for community and social sports clubs on RMIT's Australian campuses, and also runs community and charity sporting events and tournaments. It also operates the City campus gym, and co-owns a ski lodge on Mount Buller, Victoria, Mount Buller.


RUSU (student union)

RMIT's University Student Union (RUSU) is the independent body representing students enrolled at RMIT. It was founded in 1944 by John Storey Jr., after whom Storey Hall at the City campus is named. The objective of RUSU is to safeguard the interests and rights of students, and to advance education, welfare, social life and cultural activities of students. RUSU has a number of departments advocating various elements of student life, and it also supports academic, cultural, political, spiritual and special interest clubs and societies run by students. Departments: *Activities – manages events, festivals, markets and parties on all RMIT's campuses *Campuses – representation of students on general matters relating to RMIT's campuses *Clubs and societies *Education – campaigns on education matters and is run in collaboration with other departments *Environment – advocates environmental responsibility and sustainability on RMIT's campuses *International Students – supports and advocates the rights of international students *Postgraduate Students – the representative body of postgraduate students *Queer – supports and advocates the rights of RMIT's LGBT community *Women's – supports and advocates the women's rights, rights of women *Realfoods – RUSU's organic fair trade vegetarian cafe, located in the main cafeteria at the City campus Student media:
The Swanston Gazette
– Student newspaper established in 2019 by the RMIT Journalism Society as an independent alternative unaffiliated with the university or student union. *''Catalyst (magazine), Catalyst'' – Student magazine, distributed free every month of the academic year since 1944 *RMITV – student television production company, broadcasting since 1987, and co-founder of the C31 Melbourne, C31 community television station *Student Youth Network (SYN) – Campus radio, student radio station, broadcasting across the Melbourne metropolitan area on 90.7 FM and on DAB+. Though many RMIT students participate in SYN programs, it is wholly independent of both RMIT and RUSU organisationally. *3RRR – RMIT's former radio station, founded as 3RMT in 1976, now independently funded but still used by the university


Accommodation

RMIT operates several student accommodation facilities including: RMIT Village, Cambridge Court and College Square on the City campus and Walert House on the Bundoora campus—all of which operate as self-catered apartment complexes. Twelve other student hostels are also operated by other providers. Some of the traditional residential colleges of the nearby University of Melbourne also reserve places for RMIT students. The college fees include all catering, utilities, academic and pastoral support. The colleges affiliated with RMIT include: International House (University of Melbourne), International House, Janet Clarke Hall, Newman College (University of Melbourne), Newman College, Queen's College (University of Melbourne), Queen's College, St Mary's College (University of Melbourne), St Mary's College, University College (University of Melbourne), University College and Whitley College.


Student demographics

In 2014, RMIT's program enrollments by gender were 54% male and 46% female. RMIT's Higher Education student body was 52% male and 48% female while its Vocational Educational student body was 53% male and 47% female. According to a study of over 100 RMIT STEM graduates, male RMIT University STEM graduates outnumber females by 7 to 1.


Spiritual Centre

RMIT's Spiritual Centre is a multi-faith place of worship located on the City campus. It is housed in the historic Old Melbourne Gaol chapel, built in 1860. The centre provides a contemplative space to all staff and students of RMIT, regardless of their faith and without showing favour to any one faith, and houses the RMIT Chaplaincy services. RMIT has chaplains that represent Buddhist, Christians, Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths of various branches as well as for Integral (spirituality), Integral spirituality.


People

RMIT graduates are considered to be some of the most employable in the world. In a 2011 survey of 5000 employers by Quacquarelli Symonds, RMIT was ranked 51st in the world for graduate employability. In 2011, the university had an alumni community of around 280,000 graduates in 130 countries. Notable attendees and graduates include: Australian skier, Winter Olympic gold medalist, Lydia Lassila; Irish Australian rules footballer and charity worker, Jim Stynes; Australian film director and writer, James Wan; Australian actor, Travis Fimmel (attended); Australian sportsman, three-time Olympic gold medalist, James Tomkins (rower), James Tomkins; Australian comedian and television host, Rove McManus; Australian singer and guitarist of the band Wolfmother, Andrew Stockdale; Vietnamese actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder, 2006 Miss Vietnam, Mai Phương Thúy; Australian documentary maker, John Safran; Australian artist, Charles Billich; Australian animator, Felix Colgrave, Director of Photography Greig Fraser and , Nature Communications author Carmelo Todaro.


Graduation traditions

A notable graduation tradition of RMIT is its graduation parade. The parade is town and gown-style academic procession which proceeds from the City campus down the major city thoroughfare of Swanston Street to Federation Square (until 2002 the parade culminated outside the Melbourne Town Hall).Graduation Parade
, RMIT University, retrieved 1 October 2012
Graduands and faculty march in full academic dress, academic regalia and receive a military escort from the central marching band of the Royal Australian Air Force. The parade is welcomed at Federation Square by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne—on behalf of the city and its citizens. The mayor grants RMIT's vice-chancellor a "writ of passage" to proceed with the graduation ceremony, which takes place at the Docklands Stadium.Melbourne Graduation Ceremony
, RMIT University, retrieved 1 October 2012


See also

*List of universities in Australia


Notes


References


Citations


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External links


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