History, Affiliations and Rankings
RMIT University, officially referred to as the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, was founded in 1887 by Francis Ormond as a night school that offered classes in Art, Science and Technology in response to the industrial revolution in Australia. It was a private college for more than a century before merging with the Phillips Institute of Technology in 1992 to become the public university it is today. The university was established based on 6 core values i.e., Inclusion, Agility, Courage, Imagination, Passion, and Impact. The colleges that are affiliated with RMIT University include International House, Janet Clarke Hall, Newman College, Queen's College, St Mary's College, University College and Whitley College. Furthermore, the university is also affiliated with organisations like the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning, the Australian Technology Network of Universities and Open Universities Australia. RMIT is also backed and supported by stunning global rankings by QS World University Rankings 2022, THE World University Rankings 2022 and U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings 2022 that rank RMIT #206, between #301-350 and #244, respectively.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
RMIT is a global university that is highly focused on Design, Technology, and Enterprise. The university has 3 campuses and 2 sites in Australia, with an additional 2 campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain. Having said that, RMIT also offers a number of partnership programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Belgium, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. Its Melbourne City campus is surrounded by public transportation, restaurants, cafés, theatres, galleries, and parks in the cosmopolitan core of the "world's most liveable city." The Bundoora campus, located in Melbourne's north-eastern suburbs, is placed in a serene parkland setting with outdoor sporting facilities. Finally, the Brunswick campus is located six kilometres north of the city in the creative and cosmopolitan Sydney Road region, which is home to markets, unique shops, bars, and a vibrant art and music scene. The university is renowned for offering more than 200 courses at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels in a plethora of fields of study like Architecture, Arts, Biomedical Sciences, Business, Design, Education, Engineering, Fashion, Game Design, Health Science, Information Technology, Law, Media, Science and Social Science.
Accomplishments and Alumni
The University’s researchers are globally recognized experts, being among the top 25% most-cited worldwide. It ranks in the Top 1% of the world. The university has also been awarded the Committee for Melbourne's 2020 Melbourne Achiever Award, for being an outstanding organization. This award recognizes contributions to Melbourne that will leave a lasting legacy, with the University being recognized for its significant contribution and commitment to the design, cultural offerings, accessibility, greening, and sustainability of Melbourne as a global city, as exemplified by its learning and teaching, research, and operational activities. Not only that but, RMIT’s teaching and research of sustainability in the built environment has made the university win an international award/global recognition for sustainability achievements in 2015. The university boasts a huge list of notable alumni from all across the world. It includes popular names like James Wan (Filmmaker and Theater Personality), Arthur Robert Hogg (Astronomer), Steve Fielding (Politician), Elizabeth Gardner (Physicist), Leigh Whannell (Writer) and more.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
RMIT University is a diverse institution with 97,000 students from 230+ different countries. RMIT also recognises the advantages of a diverse workplace for employees and students in terms of recruitment, retention, creativity, cooperation, and productivity. RMIT's Diversity and Inclusion Framework is a high-level articulation of the university's goals. The Framework defines the University's commitments to expand access, create a more diverse student and staff community, and deliver fair, inclusive experiences and results for all students and employees. Furthermore, RMIT's student social inclusion initiatives seek to promote access to higher education, create a more diverse student body, and provide an equal and inclusive experience for all students. The University has partnerships with leading organizations like BMW, the United Nations, Deloitte, Adidas and L'Oréal and witnessed 15,800+ industry placements for students.