Recent delegations

High profile international guests visit RMIT each year to exchange ideas, explore research and academic opportunities and to establish connections with institutions of global significance. This page highlights recent international delegations to the University, its purpose and outcomes.


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Europe

Italy

  • Title: Consulate General of Italy (Melbourne) Visit
  • Date: 28 January 2016
  • Delegate: Dr Marco Cerbo, Consul General of Italy
  • Purpose: Acknowledge the benefits of positive bilateral relations between Australia and Italy, create institutional contacts for future collaboration and show support for RMIT’s Co-tutelle Joint PhD Agreement with Politecnico di Torino.

Outcomes:

  • Signing of meeting record
  • Support for co-supervision of doctoral candidates
  • RMIT’s School of Graduate Research is expecting two candidates to enroll through the agreements in early 2016


The Netherlands

  • Title: University of Twente (UT)
  • Date: 23 October 2015
  • Key Delegates: Mr Victor van der Chijs, President of the Executive Board
  • Key RMIT Stakeholders: SEH, DSC
  • Purpose: Explore further opportunities in relation to our current collaborations, which include a student exchange and a joint PhD program.

Outcomes:

  • Signing of institutional agreement facilitating Erasmus+ scholarships.
  • Support for staff sabbaticals from the College of Science, Engineering and Health to UT.
  • Support of staff travel from the College of Design and Social Context to UT.


United Kingdom

  • Title: UK Leadership Group
  • Date: 16 February 2016
  • Key Delegates: Senior Leaders from Kingston University, Conventry University, University of Exeter. University of Sussex, University of Dundee, University of Bolton, University of Sheffield, University of Putra Malaysia and LUISS – University of Rome, Italy
  • Key RMIT Stakeholders: International Partnerships and Development, Office of the Dean, Learning and Teaching
  • Purpose: A dialogue with Higher Education leaders from the UK, Italy and Malaysia on the theme of ‘Global Engagement: Global Challenges’.

Outcomes:

  • Discussion of the challenges universities face around strategy, alumni, staff, students, programs, rankings, industry links and organizational development

Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA)

Pakistan

  • Title: Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
  • Date: 24 November 2015
  • Delegate: Ms Shaza Fatima Khawaja, MP
  • Key RMIT Stakeholders: Engagement and Vocational Education, International Recruitment and Mobility
  • Purpose: Consultation on the integration between Vocational Education and Higher Education.

Outcomes:

Relationship building to support RMIT’s recruitment strategy in the region


North Asia

China

  • Title: Tianjin University
  • Date: 13 November 2015
  • Key Delegates: Mr Wang Yan, Vice-President of University Council
  • Key RMIT Stakeholders: Student Mobility, SEH
  • Purpose: Discuss current and future collaboration

Outcomes: Signing of student mobility agreement (4 students per year)

Support for RMIT students to undertake internships in China

Support collaboration around two proposed research centres

  • Title: Beijing Technology and Business University (BTBU)
  • Date: 11 November 2015
  • Key Delegates: Mr Sun Baoguo, President of BTBU
  • Key RMIT Stakeholders: BUS, SEH
  • Purpose: Discuss possible collaboration in Food Science, Information Technology, Logistics, Finance and Accounting programs.

Outcomes: Relationship building to support RMIT’s recruitment strategy in the region

  • Title: Yunnan Provincial Government
  • Date: 21st September 2015
  • Key Delegates: Mr Gao Feng, Vice-Governor, Yunnan Provincial Government
  • Key RMIT Stakeholders: BUS, DSC
  • Purpose: Explore educational linkages between Yunnan Province and the State of Victoria

Outcomes:

Continued discussions on Research and Articulation opportunities (e.g. 2+2)


Southeast Asia & the Pacific (SEAPAC)

Malaysia

  • Title: Ministry of Rural and Regional Development and MARA Malaysia
  • Date: 8 December 2015
  • Delegate: Deputy Chief Secretary, Ministry of Rural and Regional Development Malaysia & Director of MARA-Australia
  • Purpose: Courtesy visit to discuss opportunities for further scholarship development

Outcomes:

Discussed opportunities for internships and work experience for MARA students post graduation, possible RMIT scholarships for MARA students and Mobility options for RMIT students to study short term in Malaysia.

Indonesia

  • Title: Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS)
  • Date: 24 November 2015
  • Delegate: Dr Maria Anityasari – Head of International Office, Mr Muh. Wuhayu Islami – Public Relations & Short Programs Manager
  • Purpose: Interationalisation priorities, student mobility, Endeavour Fellowship initiatives, International student recruitment

Outcomes:

Discussion on possible collaboration in student mobility, capacity building in vocational education, Articulation for Joint Masters (1+1 program), staff training and access to LPDP Scholarships for PhD candidates.



The Americas

Cuba

  • Title: His Excellency Mr Jose Manuel Galego Montano, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Australia, Republic of Cuba
  • Date: 23 July 2015
  • Delegate: His Excellency Mr Jose Manuel Galego Montano, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Australia, Republic of Cuba
  • Purpose: Courtesy visit to discuss collaborative research opportunities in public art as well as media and communication between RMIT and the Republic of Cuba.

Outcomes:

Relationship building to strengthen the School of Art’s activity with the University of the Arts, Cuba (ISA) and the Wilfredo Lam Centre.


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