RMIT University Chancellor Ziggy Switkowski

Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO

Chancellor of RMIT University

Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO is chancellor of RMIT University and chairman of the Suncorp Group and NBN Co.

He is currently a non-executive director of Healthscope, Tabcorp and Oil Search, a former chief executive of Telstra, Optus and Kodak (Australasia), and the former chair of ANSTO and Opera Australia

Dr Switkowski is a graduate of the University of Melbourne with a PhD in nuclear physics. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2014, Dr Switkowski was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia “for distinguished service to the community, particularly tertiary education, administration, scientific organisations and the telecommunications sector, to business and to the arts”.

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise in which teaching, research and engagement are central to achieving positive impact and creating life-changing experiences for its students.

One of Australia’s original educational institutions founded in 1887, RMIT University now has 83,000 students. The University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied and innovative research, and engagement with the needs of industry and the community.

RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate and vocational programs, enabling students to have the option of work-relevant pathways between vocational and higher education qualifications. A range of scholarships is available to support education and research.

With three campuses in Melbourne (City, Brunswick and Bundoora), two in Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City) and a centre in Barcelona, Spain, RMIT is a truly global university.

RMIT also offers programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, and enjoys research and industry partnerships on every continent. From the design of curriculum to applied research, RMIT works closely with domestic and international industry partners to equip students with the knowledge and state-of the-art skills that enable them to excel in their chosen professions. As a result, RMIT graduates are highly regarded around the world for their leadership skills and work readiness.

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RMIT’s City campus is located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD,
representing 7 per cent of the CBD footprint.


in Engineering, Accounting and Finance, and Business and
Management Studies.


RMIT Vietnam was awarded a Golden Dragon Award from the
Vietnamese Government in 2015 for the 12th consecutive year,
recognising its excellence in education and research.


RMIT has completed several major projects including the
Swanston Academic Building and Design Hub which have
enhanced learning, teaching and research spaces.

RMIT is known for its work-integrated learning opportunities which combine theory with practice in a workplace environment, ensuring that graduates are equipped with the skills and insight that employers value in the ever-changing global economy.

RMIT’s researchers are engaged alongside partners world-wide in solving practical problems of our time. Connections to industry partners, to governments, and to the urban communities within which RMIT operates, are vital.

The quality of the RMIT’s research work has been endorsed by the Australian Research Council. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, RMIT was rated “well above world standard” in 13 research fields and “above world standard” in a further nine fields.

RMIT has a 5-Star QS ranking for excellence in higher education and is ranked among the top 15 Australian universities in the 2015–16 QS World University Rankings.

In the latest QS Top 50 Under 50 index, RMIT is 21st in the world among universities less than 50 years (RMIT was granted university status in 1992).

In the 2016 QS subject rankings, RMIT is 16th in the world and the highest ranked Australian university for Art and Design,  36th in the world for Architecture, and among the world’s top 100 universities in Engineering (Civil and Structural; Electrical and Electronic; and Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing); Accounting and Finance; and Business and Management Studies.

RMIT’s latest capital investment project, the New Academic Street, will transform the heart of the City campus, refurbishing four Swanston Street buildings, opening them to the streetscape, and creating interconnected learning spaces, outdoor terraces and enhanced library facilities.

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RMIT University Council

The Council is the governing authority of the university and is responsible for ‘the direction and superintendence’ of the university as set out in the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Act 2010 (VIC).

Council members participate in the approval of the university’s strategic direction, annual budget and business plan, monitoring of the university’s performance and appoint the Vice-Chancellor and senior executives.

Membership of RMIT University’s Council is as follows:

Ex-Officio Members

Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO – Chancellor
Mr Martin Bean CBE – Vice-Chancellor
Professor David Hayward – Chair of Academic Board

Appointed Members – Governor-in-Council

Ms Janet Latchford (to 31 December 2018)
Mr Gary Hogan AM CSC (to 31 December 2018)
Ms Rhonda O’Donnell (to 31 December 2018)

Appointed Members – Ministerial

Emeritus Professor Stephen Duckett (to 31 December 2016)

Appointed Members – Council

Mr Bruce Akhurst (to 31 December 2018)
Ms Anne Ward (to 30 December 2016)

Elected Members

Associate Professor Debra Bateman – Academic Staff (to 31 July 2019)
Mr Ariel Zohar – Undergraduate Student (to 31 October 2017)

Other Governing Bodies

Other Governing bodies within the University include:

Audit and Risk Management

Chair – Vacant

Nominations, Remuneration and People

Chair – Ms Janet Latchford

Infrastructure and Information Technology

Chair – Mr Bruce Akhurst

Academic Board

Chair – Professor David Hayward

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