- RMIT University
RMIT University (officially Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, informally RMIT) is an Australian public research university, based in Melbourne, Victoria.
Founded in 1887 by Francis Ormond as the Working Men’s College, it initially opened as a night school for instruction in art, scienceand technology in response to the industrialisation of Melbourne during the 19th century. Its foundation campus is located in the northern section of the Melbourne city centre, and has since become a contiguous part of the area—often referred to as the “RMIT Quarter”. An initial enrollment of 320 students in 1887 has grown to around 83,000 vocational, undergraduate and postgraduatestudents as of 2015.
In addition to its Melbourne City campus, it has two radial campuses in the Melbourne metropolitan area located in the northern suburbs of Bundoora and Brunswick; as well as training and research sites in the Melbourne metropolitan area and Grampians state regionlocated in the western suburb of Point Cook and town of Hamilton respectively. Internationally, it has two branch campuses in Vietnamlocated in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi; as well as a centre in Europe located in Barcelona, Spain.
It is the top art and design school in Australia and in the Southern Hemisphere (16th in the world) according to the QS World University Rankings.
One of Australia’s original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with the needs of industry and the community.
RMIT is a world leader in Art and Design; Architecture and the Built Environment; Engineering; Accounting and Finance; and Business and Management Studies.
Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties
College of Business
- RMIT School of Accounting
- RMIT School of Business IT and Logistics
- RMIT School of Economics, Finance and Marketing
- RMIT School of Graduate Business and Law
- RMIT School of Management
- RMIT School of Vocational Business Education
College of Design and Social Context
- RMIT School of Architecture and Design
- RMIT School of Art
- 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
College of Science, Engineering and Health
- RMIT School of Engineering
- RMIT School of Health and Biomedical Sciences
- RMIT School of Science
- RMIT School of Vocational Health, Engineering and Sciences
The Working Men’s College of Melbourne opened on June 4, 1887, with a gala ceremony at the Melbourne Town Hall, becoming the fifth tertiary education provider in Victoria (the Melbourne Athenaeum was founded in 1839, the 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”. 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 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 military personnel 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 munitionsmanufacturing and was commissioned by the Australian Government to manufacture military aircraft parts—including the majority of parts for the Beaufort Bomber.
Following World War II, in 1954 it became the first Australian tertiary education provider to be awarded royal patronage (by 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 monarchy of England’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 in Australia. It also began an engagement with Southeast Asia during this time (under the Australian Government’s Colombo Plan). In 1979, the neighbouring Emily McPherson College of Domestic Economy joined with RMIT.
After merging with the Phillip Institute of Technology in 1992, it became a public university by act of the Victorian Government under theRoyal Melbourne Institute of Technology Act 1992. 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 design TAFE school, followed by the Melbourne College of Printing and Graphic Arts in 1995. That same year, it opened its first radial campus in Bundoora 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 design TAFE schools.
At the turn of the 21st century, it was invited by the Vietnamese Government become the country’s first foreign-owned university. Its first international branch campus opened in Ho Chi Minh City in 2001 with a second in Hanoi in 2004. In 2013, it established a presence in Europe by opening a centre in Barcelona, Spain.
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