Welcome to RMIT University from the Vice-Chancellor
Hello, and welcome to RMIT University, one of Australia’s original and leading educational institutions. People make a university great, so whether you are a prospective student, current student, professor, researcher, staff member, graduate, parent, or visitor, your interest and enthusiasm is valued and appreciated.
I am proud to lead an institution with a past so rich and full of stories. RMIT began as the Working Men’s College in 1887, “to bring knowledge within reach.” Its mission grew from the concept of education as a democratic ideal; it resulted in an education forged in the heat of real-world experience. Useful knowledge and meaning came from learning by doing, and so was born an education that strove to provide for “the skilled hand and the civilised mind” as the University’s motto says. This was a bold experiment. It testified to the confidence of the people of Melbourne, their thirst for useful knowledge and their vision for future opportunities.
But the real story of RMIT lies in those who had the chance to choose their future here. The 817 students who studied at the Working Men’s College in 1887 would eventually stand with almost 200,000 who have since graduated from RMIT University. Today, more than 63,000 students study at RMIT campuses and sites in Melbourne and regional Victoria, in Vietnam, online, by distance education, and at partner institutions throughout the world. It has built a worldwide reputation for excellence in work-relevant professional and vocational education, high-quality research and engagement with the needs of industry and community.
The bold ideals and goals that have guided RMIT for more than 120 years have made it a leader in research and learning today. It is our collective efforts, however, that today make this university such a vibrant place to learn, to work, and to explore. No matter what your reason for visiting, we’re glad you came and I hope you will make the most of your time here.
Professor Margaret Gardner AO
Vice-Chancellor and President