Being global also means harnessing technology, which allows us to connect more freely across borders.
Welcome to your alumni magazine: the global edition
What does it mean to be global in 2016? For this edition of the RMIT Alumni Magazine we look at some of our international research and have invited some talented alumni from around the world to explore how global forces have shaped them as individuals, and influenced their careers and their worldview.
Singapore-based architect and alumnus Richard Hassell speaks on approaching sustainable design in different countries around the world. RMIT Vietnam alum Thao Griffithsdiscusses her global career working with world leaders to help victims of war.
On our cover alumnus and Hollywood director James Wan, describes his journey from RMIT to the world stage, and how even horror movies have many cultural nuances. RMIT’s global reach is reflected in the number of alumni we have around the world.
More than 25% of our 360,000-strong alumni community live outside Australia. More than 40,000 alumni live in Singapore, where we celebrate 30 years of operation in 2017. Vietnam is home to more than 10,000 alumni, where our Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh campuses are regarded as benchmarks in international education. Some 15,000 are located in China and Hong Kong, set to rise steadily with the expansion of RMIT’s partnerships in both locations. And there are more than 4,000 alumni in North America and similar numbers in Europe.
RMIT shapes global citizens in many ways. RMIT has one of the highest rates of students studying overseas among Australian universities. We actively encourage study abroad: 2017 will see an additional $1.3m in scholarships for students to study in Asia through the New Colombo Plan. Our international research partners and industry linkages give hundreds of PhD students the opportunity to collaborate internationally.
Being global also means harnessing technology, which allows us to connect more freely across borders. For RMIT alumni, this means working with you wherever you are online, looking for ways to connect you globally with other alumni and providing you with opportunities for involvement, lifelong learning and giving back. Our online mentoring program has reached new heights in 2016 with more than 800 alumni making a difference to current students.
Expertise and content from around the world is now available to alumni via RMIT Online, launched in 2016, and through our ongoing partnership with FutureLearn. Take a look at these exciting new ways to access learning wherever and whenever you need it – some for free!
We will continue to create connections across borders, communities and industries – no matter where you are in the world. Find us on LinkedIn and Facebook, or email us to ensure you receive special access to the many benefits open to RMIT alumni. I hope you enjoy this edition.
Andrew MacIntyre Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Global Development