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BHERT Member: RMIT University

With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates. RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally.

RMIT is redefining its relationship in working with and supporting Aboriginal self-determination. The goal is to achieve lasting transformation by maturing values, culture, policy and structures in a way that embeds reconciliation in everything the University does. RMIT is changing its ways of knowing and working to support sustainable reconciliation and activate a relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

RMIT's three campuses in Melbourne - Melbourne City, Brunswick and Bundoora - and its Point Cook site are located on the lands of the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation.

As a global university, RMIT has two campuses and a language centre in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Barcelona, Spain. RMIT also offers programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China and Indonesia, with research and industry partnerships on every continent.

Jimmy Toton with 3D printed steel milling cutter
Jimmy Toton with 3D printed steel milling cutter
(Photo courtesy of RMIT's Advanced Manufacturing Precinct)

SOME EXAMPLES OF RMIT'S INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS

RMIT University has built an impressive portfolio of partnerships with industry over recent years:

  • Be-fitting the ‘T’ in RMIT, it has strong partnerships in the field of technology, including with global leaders such as Apple, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and Udacity. These partnerships include co-designing courses in emerging technologies to help meet growing skills gaps.
  • It has particular strengths in the built environment, construction and infrastructure. Working with industry partners ARUP, City of Melbourne, Department of Sustainability and Environment (Victoria), Mirvac and others, RMIT’s research centres and facilities have established expertise in sustainable urban and regional planning, climate change adaptation through resilient cities, building and materials technologies and green retrofitting of historical buildings. See https://www.rmit.edu.au/industry/sector-expertise/built-environment-construction-and-infrastructure 
  • RMIT University has strengths in sustainability and renewable energy technologies, as evidenced through dedicated research and innovation centres such as its Green Engines Laboratory, Sustainable Building Innovation Laboratory, Conservation and Renewable Energy Group and Food Research and Innovation Centre. It has partnered with Chevron and Worldwide Carbon Credits Pty Ltd, where teams of enzyme engineers, microbial systems biologists and energy crop biotechnologists collaborate to further knowledge on biofuel production. See https://www.rmit.edu.au/industry/sector-expertise/energy-and-resources
  • RMIT is highly regarded for its strengths in design, which provides opportunities for collaboration across the industrial spectrum.  An outstanding example of this is the collaboration of RMIT’s Dr Leah Heiss with auditory systems leader Blamey Saunders Hears (see https://www.blameysaunders.com.au/)  to design the innovative Facet hearing aids (see https://creative.vic.gov.au/design/melbourne-pavilion-shared-values-exhibition/design-and-wellbeing/facett).  Facet, Blamey Saunders, and Dr Heiss have won multiple awards for their innovative human-centric solutions (see https://drivenxdesign.com/MEL18/project.asp?ID=16781). 
  • RMIT is the official Design Partner of the National Gallery Victoria and also has strong partnerships with organisations like Creative Victoria and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) covering opportunities such as co-designed research and mentoring programs, internships, paid employment and student and academic exhibitions.
  • RMIT University has world-class advanced manufacturing facilities and expertise, which are applied to industry-engaged research. PhD candidate Jimmy Toton received the 2019 Young Defence Innovator Award at the Avalon International Airshow for successfully 3D printing steel tools via collaborative research with Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) and industry partner Sutton Tools. Industry collaboration is also evidenced through the Sir Lawrence Wackett Centre at RMIT University, which supports the transformational growth of Australia’s defence and aerospace industry, and RMIT’s partnership with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at the University of Sheffield, to collaborate and exchange expertise across advanced manufacturing and engineering.
  • RMIT University has drawn upon its advanced engineering capabilities and its biomedical expertise to become an important player in drug delivery in Australia.  Its proprietary technology Respite, and the next generation technology HYDRA, is a nebuliser device with significantly superior delivery rates to current products, developed by RMIT Researchers Dr Amgad R. Rezk, Dr Leslie Yeo and PhD Researcher James Tan.  Respite secured a Johnson & Johnson Award to support inhaler prototype design and development and clinical trials, and is expected to be launched in the near future (see https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160107094131.htm
  • RMIT University also makes important contributions through its community collaborations.  One of the most successful of these is the Fit to Drive (F2D) program, which significantly improves the driving skills of learner drivers.  The program was established 15 years ago by Dr Kerry Montero, and now reaches nearly 26,000 young people annually in 200 schools, Secondary Colleges, TAFE’s and community centres in rural and metropolitan areas across Victoria.   Community is also at the centre of RMIT’s partnership with Essendon Football Club, a trailblazing collaboration underpinned by a strong commitment to reconciliation and a shared passion for making a purposeful contribution to the community and the economy.

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