Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (commonly referred to as RMIT) is an Australian public university located in Melbourne, Victoria. RMIT was founded in 1887 by prominent grazier and philanthropist, the Hon. Francis Ormond. It is the third oldest higher education provider in the state of Victoria and the seventh oldest in Australia. It is one of Australia’s leading educational institutions, which produces some of Australia’s most employable graduates. As an innovative, global university of technology, with its heart in the city of Melbourne, RMIT has an international reputation for excellence in work-relevant education and high quality research, and engagement with the needs of industry and community. With more than 70,000 students studying at RMIT campuses in Melbourne, in Vietnam, online, and at partner institutions throughout the world, the University is one of the largest in the country. It has built a worldwide reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education and research. A vibrant alumni community stretches across more than 100 countries. RMIT is a member of the Australian Technology Network. It offers various 'Pathways into study' programs - VET Pathways, School-Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship Program, VCE and VCE for adults programs, Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) programs and Equity admission schemes.