08 September 2010
Rankings confirm RMIT’s global standing
RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam, an important part of the University’s global reach.
RMIT University has been confirmed as one of the world’s most globalised universities, according to new international rankings.
More than 2,000 universities from 130-plus countries took part in the seventh year of the QS World University Rankings - the largest review of international universities ever conducted.
RMIT was ranked fourth worldwide for the international profile of its student cohort, with 49.5 per cent of its full-time equivalent higher education students being international.
The University was 20th worldwide for the international profile of its academic staff. Almost half of all RMIT academics were born outside Australia.
Some 5,000 global employers took part in the ranking exercise, indicating from which universities they would prefer to recruit graduates. RMIT was once again highly regarded, at 76th in the world.
RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, welcomed the findings. "RMIT has successfully offered international education since the 1950s.
"Today, we have more than 11,000 international students - both higher education and vocational - in Victoria and a further 11,400 studying RMIT programs with 23 offshore partners, principally in Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai. In addition, our two campuses in Vietnam are growing rapidly.
"But for RMIT, being a global education leader entails much more. Last year, some 900 RMIT students travelled to other countries for work or study placements, a number which we are committed to increasing.
"And our researchers, too, are constantly strengthening their global connections. RMIT academics are involved in partnerships in China, Europe, North America and South-East Asia, in fields from Chinese medicine to nanotechnology, from architecture to the globalisation of labour practices.
"This work-relevant and industry-partnered research, like our learning and teaching, helps equip our graduates with the skills that employers clearly value."
RMIT improved its ranking this year in all three subject areas:
- Up eight positions in Engineering and IT (now 89th)
- Up 52 in Arts and Humanities (160th)
- Up 37 in Social Sciences (=222nd).
RMIT also improved its relative ranking in the academic reputation category (a measure determined by peer survey), rising 29 positions to 187th.
And the University’s research output measures improved - most importantly RMIT’s citations increased by 38 per cent, which resulted in citations per paper of 2.6 in 2010 compared to 2.4 in 2009.
In the overall rankings, RMIT is placed at 224th (223rd last year), Australia’s 10th ranked university.