Incorrect student revenue figures reported by Nine Entertainment Co

RMIT wishes to correct the international student revenue figures published by Nine Entertainment Co newspapers (Sun Herald and Sunday Age) and syndicated online on Sunday 25 August.

Nine Entertainment Co reported that the revenue derived from international students studying at RMIT’s campuses in Australia accounted for 40% of the University’s total revenue.

The revenue derived from international students studying at RMIT’s campuses in Australia in 2018 accounted for 33% of the University’s total revenue, not 40% as published.

All students studying at RMIT’s international campuses are noted in the University’s 2018 annual report as ‘fee paying offshore overseas students’, while international students studying at RMIT’s Australian campuses are noted as ‘fee paying onshore overseas students’.

Bundling these two figures together to represent revenue from international students studying in Australia is incorrect.

Attempts to have the figures corrected by Nine Entertainment Co after publication have been unsuccessful.


We are proud of the diverse mix of international and domestic students who choose study at RMIT across our global footprint.

RMIT was born out of a sense of community – open to all, and that is still a central part of our identity.

Today, more than ever, the transformational power of education is lifelong, generations deep and worldwide.

Like any organisation, we are very focused on sustainably managing our income and expenditure to ensure that we can continue investing and delivering the best possible student experience across our many locations.

About RMIT University

  • RMIT is a global University of technology, design and enterprise and where teaching, research and engagement are central to achieving positive impact and creating life-changing student experiences.
  • Founded in 1887, RMIT is a multi-sector university with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. The University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied and innovative research, and engagement with industry and the community.
  • RMIT has three campuses and two sites in Australia, and two campuses in Vietnam. RMIT also has a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain, as well as partnerships in locations including Singapore, China and Indonesia.

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