RMIT University (officially Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) is a high volume Australian public university of technology, design, and enterprise based in Melbourne, Victoria. RMIT was founded in 1887 by grazier, politician and public benefactor the Hon Francis Ormond—as the Working Men's College of Melbourne.Its foundation campus is located in Melbourne City, and is a contiguous part of the northern area of the city centre. It opened as a night school for instruction in art, science and technology—to support the industrialisation of Melbourne during the 19th century.It had an initial enrollment of 320 students.
In addition to its Melbourne City foundation campus, RMIT also has two radial campuses in the Melbourne metropolitan area—located in the northern suburbs of Bundoora and Brunswick;as well as training and research sites in the Melbourne metropolitan area and the Grampians state region—located in the western suburb of Point Cook and the town of Hamilton respectively.Outside Australia, it has two branch campuses in Asia—located in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam;and a liaison centre in Europe—located in Barcelona, Spain.
According to the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings, RMIT University was ranked 273 in the world.RMIT University was also ranked 20th in the world for art and design subjects,making it the top design school in Australia. It is also ranked 33rd in architecture, ranked 50-100 in business and management and in the top 100 universities globally in accounting and finance; mechanical and electrical engineering; computer science and information systems.