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RMIT at a Glance
Our teaching, learning and research programs are continually updated so that students, staff and graduates are equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
At the same time, we have not forgotten our past as one of Australia’s original educational institutions, and we have remained true to our original philosophy.
Since 1887, our inner-city campus has been a vital part of the City of Melbourne, from the 1880s boom through world wars, the Great Depression and renewed prosperity during the second half of the 20th century.
RMIT was awarded royal patronage by Queen Elizabeth II for its educational service to the Commonwealth and contribution to the war effort, and RMIT remains the only higher education institution in Australia with the right to use the prefix “Royal” and the Monarchy's coat of arms.
During the 1990s, the institution gained university status and developed campuses in Bundoora and Brunswick in the city's northern suburbs, and later in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in Vietnam.
In 2013, RMIT opened a research and industry collaboration centre in Barcelona, Spain.
With significant teaching partnerships in Asia and Europe, as well as research and industry partnerships on every continent, RMIT has a strong global presence.
RMIT has a global reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with the needs of industry and communities world-wide. There are at least 15 global ranking schemas, of which (QS, ARWU and THE) are considered the most influential.
RMIT standing in the major ranking schemas
206th globally (and 14th in Australia) in QS World University Rankings 2022. Rankings published for 1,380 institutions.
18th globally in the 2021 QS Top 50 Under 50 (5th in Australia). A ranking of the world’s top universities which are under 50 years old.
77th globally in QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020. RMIT ranks 55th globally on the Graduate Employment Rate.
Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
330th globally in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities, up 24 places compared to 354th in 2019. RMIT has moved up 157 places since 2016. ARWU publishes rankings for 1,000 institutions. RMIT is ranked in the 301-400 band.
Times Higher Education (THE)
3rd globally in the 2021 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. RMIT ranks 2nd globally in reducing inequalities, 3rd in partnership for the goals. This ranking focuses on measuring universities’ social, environmental and economic impact and progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
301-350 (band) in the 2021 edition of Times Higher Education World University Rankings. RMIT ranks 59th globally on international outlook. THE publishes rankings for 1,527 universities.
=57th globally in the Young University Rankings. A ranking of the world’s best universities that are aged 49 years or under.
Best Global Universities
281st globally in Best Global Universities 2021. A ranking of the world’s top 1,500 universities, published by U.S. News & World Report. RMIT ranks 223rd globally on the global research reputation dimension. This is a ranking which heavily relies on bibliometrics and a reputation survey.
CWTS Leiden Rankings
157th globally on the mean normalized citation score, up from 236th in 2020.
106th globally on proportion of publications in top 1% cited journals, up from 210th in 2020.
CWTS Leiden ranks which are deemed to be the most research-intensive universities in the world. Ranks 1,225 institutions in 2021 and derives a set of impact and collaboration measures but it does not produce an overall rank.
400th globally in 2021. Nature Index and 13th in Australia. RMIT is 25 places up from 2020. The Nature Index is a specialised ranking, produced by Nature Research, ranks the world’s top leading universities in the sciences.
431st globally (and 20th in Australia) in 2020. This ranking is published by the National University of Taiwan (NTU) and is designed to evaluate and compare research universities’ achievements in scientific research by using objective indicators. The NTU Ranking covers the world’s top 500 universities.
Round University Ranking (RUR)
326th globally in 2021, up 26 places from 352nd in 2020. This ranking is published by RUR Rankings Agency and ranks the world’s 869 leading universities based on bibliometric and reputational data.
190th globally in 2021, up 83 places from 273rd in the Ranking Web of Universities (Webometrics). The aim of this ranking is to promote academic web presence and support open access initiatives. It ranks over 28,000 universities globally.
5 QS Stars – RMIT was awarded an overall 5 QS Stars in eight out of eight categories by QS for 2018-2021
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