The measure of academic achievement is often described as the creation and dissemination of new knowledge. At RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, success is also strongly defined by positive impact.

In January 2016, the university launched eight Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs). The virtual platforms are built to 
bring together research staff and students from different backgrounds with people in industry, government and
 the community to capture opportunities and to address challenges; economic, environmental or societal. Meet the directors of each stream:

At the Beyond Research Conference in 2017, the Enabling Capability Platforms will come together to share knowledge and seek to use research to address the world’s most critical issues. This RMIT event is free to attend. Register here.

According to Calum Drummond, RMIT’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation and Vice President, the ECPs present a refined model for universities to innovate, help to unlock value, and, ultimately, become more engaged and relevant to the world beyond academia. Explore the Enabling Capability Platforms FAQ page here.


About the Enabling Capability Platforms

RMIT University has taken a whole-of-university approach to building multi-disciplinary centres of excellence, called Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs), to deliver enhanced value for others at local, regional, national, and global levels. The eight ECP platforms are as follows:


Advanced Manufacturing & Fabrication

The manufacturing industry is a cornerstone of most developed economies. In Australia it employs 8% of the workforce and contributes 26% of exports. RMIT’s advanced manufacturing capabilities include design, additive manufacturing, micro-nano-fabrication and automation, and they have applications in defence, aerospace, and biomedical devices, among others.


Advanced Materials

Complementing advanced manufacturing, advanced materials refer to the modification of existing materials or the creation of new ones to obtain superior performance. The materials can be structural and functional; inorganic, organic or inorganic-organic hybrids; and classified as either soft matter or hard matter.


Biomedical & Health Innovation

RMIT is committed to addressing the challenges of a rapidly ageing population and the escalating burden of disease. This ECP brings together the university’s expertise in prognostics, diagnostics and clinical science, along with technology in e-health, biophysics and medical imaging, and health education and healthcare models.


Information & Systems

Drawing on RMIT’s core capabilities in data analytics, complex cyber-physical systems, mobile and pervasive environments, automation, bioinformatics, and information management, affiliates within this engineering-focused ECP employ a whole-of-system approach to develop and securely deliver targeted information, services and products anywhere.


Design & Creative Practice

RMIT is a pioneer in ‘design through practice’. This platform brings together strengths in architecture, art, business, design, digital media, engineering and fashion to bridge the gap between academia and industry and create design solutions for real-world problems at local and global levels.


Global Business Innovation

Globalisation has increased the speed and scope of change in all aspects of business. Affiliates within this ECP use entrepreneurial and innovative approaches
to address challenges in corporate governance and accountability; global supply chains; Asian development and business models; crisis mapping and analysis; and urban and regional transitions.


Social Change

RMIT’s history is rooted in social research, equal opportunities, and tackling disadvantage, and this ECP looks to draw opportunities from human progress. It seeks to engage communities, governments, organizations, and industries to make evidence-based contributions to new policies, regulations, and programmes.


Urban Futures

More than 50% of the world’s population lives in cities, increasing to more than 70% in the next 30 years. RMIT harnesses its expertise across social science, humanities, design, engineering and environmental studies to develop solutions to the practical problems of urban change, including sustainability, resilience, and inclusion.