Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • No. Students: 31491
  • Frgn. Students: 8051
  • No. Staff: 1927
  • Study mode: 26 On campus
  • Languages of instruction: English
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RMIT University is a global university of technology and design offering a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational degrees and diplomas. It is also Australia's largest tertiary institution.

Founded in 1887, RMIT University has three campuses in Melbourne and two in Vietnam. The school also offers programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Belgium, Spain and Germany, and enjoys research and industry partnerships on every continent.

RMIT has an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational educational, applied and innovative research, and engagement with the needs of industry. RMIT programs are global in focus and practical in application.

 

Early history (before 1887)

The antecedent of RMIT, the Working Men's College of Melbourne, was founded by the Scottish-born grazier and politician The Hon. Francis Ormond in the 1880s.[4] Planning began in 1881, with Ormond basing his model for the college on the Birkbeck Literary and Scientific Institution (now a constituent college of the University of London), Brighton College of Art (now the University of Brighton), Royal College of Art, 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 Victorian Parliament by Charles Pearson and in the Melbourne Trades Hall by William 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 Melbourne Public Library, was donated by the Victorian Government.

Working Men's College (1887–1960)

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 munitions manufacturing and was commissioned by the Australian Government to manufacture military aircraft parts—including the majority of parts for the Beaufort Bomber.

Creation of RMIT (1960–2000)

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 the Royal 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 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 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 to 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.


Australia requirements for international students

In Australia each institution has its own application procedures and admission requirements so il would be better to contact your chosen university for an application form. To study here you'll need to apply for both admission to an institution and also for a student visa from the Australian Government so it's necessery to carefully check student visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

Entry requirements can include: the academic requirements, evidence of funds to support your study and overseas student health cover. The academic requirements you need to study in Australia depend on the level of education you want to study. Indeed, in some cases, you may need to present your results of an English language test. 

You can choose up to six courses in your application. Each university you've applied to consider your application separately. This means that you may receive an offer from each course that you include in your application. 


Admission requirements

As a new Higher Education student at RMIT, you need to register in person at RMIT’s Melbourne campus before you can enrol and start studies at RMIT.

Please note BP032P04 Bachelor of Nursing Students (entry to 2nd or 3rd year) should attend the Vocational Education Registration and Briefing. 

At Registration you will:

  • complete passport and visa checks to ensure that you are ready to enrol
  • receive important arrival information. This includes:
    • enrolment - student card, enrolment pack and how to enrol
    • student visa - rights and responsibilities
    • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - what to claim and how
    • student wellbeing and support - where to get help at RMIT
    • safety in Melbourne - Victoria Police and more

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 2016 QS World University Rankings, RMIT was ranked 16th in the world for art and design subjects, making it the top art and design school in Australia and in the Southern Hemisphere. 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. 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.

As a student you'll have instant access to a huge range of activities and programs designed to make your RMIT experience one you'll never forget. 

Here are some of the ways you can make the most of your time at RMIT:

Join a club

RMIT has over 100 student clubs, societies and collectives to choose from. Clubs are a great way to meet new people, develop new skills and connect with people who share your interests. Whether you’re into music, arts and culture, politics, sports or academic pursuits - there’s sure to be a club for you.

Activities and events

RMIT runs regular programs and events on, and around, every campus throughout semester. Experience Melbourne with a walking tour, see a movie between classes, discover new bands or represent RMIT at a community event. If you want explore further afield, we offer group trips and tours to destinations such as The Great Ocean Road, Wilsons Promontory and Phillip Island.

Expand your creativity

Our extensive arts and culture program connects you with theatre, dance, music, visual arts, design, film, sound, writing and new media. Our galleries and performance spaces bring students from all disciplines together to explore and showcase their creative work.

Sport and fitness

At the Melbourne City campus, RMIT City Fitness offers a fully-equipped gym with a range of fitness programs and activities, and at the Bundoora campus, RMIT Sports Centre has a wide range of facilities including a gym and multi-purpose courts.

Enhance your skills

Develop new skills and knowledge, forge friendships, contribute to the RMIT community and boost your career prospects through one of our leadership and volunteering opportunities. You can mentor a student, run a club or society, lead a community project or volunteer your time at an RMIT event.

By choosing RMIT, you’re choosing a global university recognised for leadership and innovation in technology, design and enterprise

At RMIT you’ll learn from experts in your field of study, while benefitting from our strong industry connections and a curriculum influenced by the latest industry trends.

Here are some of the ways in which we prepare our graduates to take on the world:

Industry connections

RMIT offers a range of internships, placements and work experience opportunities that let you put theory into practice by working alongside some of the world’s learning organisations. As well as offering practical learning opportunities, RMIT partners with leading organisations like BMW, the United Nations, Deloitte, Adidas and L'Oréal to make sure your education is relevant and connected to the needs of industry.

Global links

As one of Australia’s top 5 universities for international exchange, RMIT gives you the opportunity to make your mark on the world through a unique study experience tailor-made for the individual. With campuses in Melbourne and Vietnam as well as access to over 150-plus partner institutions, studying at RMIT puts the world at your fingertips.

Learn from the best

At RMIT you’ll learn from experts working at the forefront of their fields and benefit from teachers and lecturers who apply their research discoveries, industry judgement and specialist expertise directly to your programs. We also partner with organisations including Deloitte, Adidas and BMW to ensure your education is relevant and connected to the needs of industry.

International excellence

As a QS 5-star rated institution, RMIT is ranked as one of the world’s leading universities with a strong research record and state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure. Whether you complete your degree in Australia or on exchange anywhere in the world, we aim to provide students with best experience possible along with the skills to succeed in their chosen career.

Study in the heart of the world’s most liveable city

Founded in 1887, RMIT has grown alongside the City of Melbourne. Our largest campus is in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD and within easy reach of everything the city has to offer. RMIT is home to approximately 12,000 international students from more than 100 countries and when you study at RMIT you’re part of a vibrant and welcoming university filled with social, cultural, sporting and recreation activities.

At RMIT we encourage students to satisfy their curiosity about the world while developing the skills and direct industry experience that sets our graduates apart and make employers sit up and take notice.

By choosing RMIT you’re selecting a university with a track record in preparing students for success, exposing them to new ideas and equipping them with skills and knowledge to succeed in their chosen career.

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