11 June 2013

RMIT University has launched its presence in Europe with the grand opening of its site in Barcelona, Spain.

Professor Margaret Gardner AO with Minister Mas Colell and Ambassador Jane Hardy.
Professor Margaret Gardner AO with Minister Mas Colell and Ambassador Jane Hardy.

The event attended by Jane Hardy, Australian Ambassador to Spain, and the Honourable Conseller Andreu Mas Colell, Minister for Economy and Knowledge in Catalonia.

RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said the decision to establish a centre in Barcelona was to extend and deepen RMIT’s collaborative partnerships in Europe and to strengthen the global orientation and reach of RMIT’s education and research.

“The excellence of Barcelona in design and technology was very significant in our choice to deepen our partnerships there; and indeed, the high quality of technology and design in Europe has led RMIT to seek a stronger platform for collaboration in education and research there.

“It will also provide an opportunity to link RMIT activity in Australia, Asia and Latin America with our partners in Europe,” Professor Gardner said.

“We are already benefiting from being near our valued partners in Barcelona,” she said.

“Our recent seminar on Disaster Management and Reconstruction here was well attended – including representatives from the Red Cross and the United Nations – and produced thought-provoking results on the development of a new international Master program.

“We have also had a symposium on architecture, with partner Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya; and we are currently co-hosting a Digital Interventions Symposium with IN3 Research Institute of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunuya here in Barcelona at MediaTic.”

The President of RMIT Europe, Professor Colin Fudge, said that in 2014 RMIT Europe planned to begin dual Master programs, joint research, and student and staff exchanges with partners in Spain, England, Sweden and Germany.

“In Barcelona our main partners include Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Elisava School of Design and Engineering,” Professor Fudge said.

“We also have significant collaborations with institutions in England – the University of the Arts in London, Salford University and the BBC, in Sweden – Chalmers University in Gothenburg and Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Stockholm, and in Germany – Sports University of Cologne – to develop cooperative programs.”

With 82,000 students worldwide, RMIT has three campuses in Melbourne, Australia, and two in Vietnam, and offers a variety of programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China, Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Europe.

RMIT Europe’s office is at Carrer de Minerva 2, Barcelona, Spain.

Guests from Europe and Australia attended the launch.

Guests of the RMIT Europe inauguration launch Guests from Europe and Australia attended the launch