Although they attend colleges thousands of miles away, student leaders from Rochester Institute of Technology’s global campuses found common goals to improve student experiences, cultural understanding and lasting friendships at the sixth annual Student Government Global Consortium, held at the main RIT campus Jan. 4-7.
“The first day we met, we were like we had actually been friends for three or four years,” said Ronald Noronha, Student Government president from RIT’s Dubai campus, which hosted the consortium last year.
Two groups of Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai mechanical engineering students earned grants to fund, accelerate and promote creative solutions that improve lives while preserving our planet. The University Innovation Grants were awarded by Expo Live, an innovation and partnership program launched by Expo 2020 Dubai.
Rochester Institute of Technology is among the top third “National Universities,” and among the top 50 choices of high school guidance counselors, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings.
RIT this year ranked 102 out of more than 300 universities in this category, which includes the nation’s best-known colleges and universities. These top universities “offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and Ph.D. programs, and emphasize faculty research,” according to U.S. News.
Rochester Institute of Technology’s sponsored research portfolio grew in fiscal year 2018, reaching a record $78 million in funding.
RIT received 340 new awards and had a record 333 principal investigators associated with active research awards.
Among the funding sources, New York state provided a record $30.6 million, up from $17 million the previous fiscal year, and $11.2 million came from corporate and private sources, up from $7.1 million the previous year.
Live filming of a commercial. Live audio mixing with sound engineers. Screenings of short films created by students. Video game development demonstrations.
Tours and hands-on experiences were the order of the day as Rochester Institute of Technology formally opened the newest building on campus—the 52,000-square-foot MAGIC Spell Studios.
Haiti became a classroom for more than a dozen RIT students when they worked with 19 women leaders from a nonprofit group in Haiti on projects that could become future businesses.
The students were part of the class Social Impact Field Experience in Haiti. The pilot course was designed to match students at RIT with partners from a Haitian nonprofit called SEE Fanm—Sante (Health), Edikasyon (Education), Ekonomi (Economy) for Fanm (Women)—to establish sustainable business products and services, primarily in health care and education.
Connor Draughn wanted to get out of his comfort zone and try something new, so the hospitality and tourism management major decided to spend a semester studying at RIT Croatia.
“I learned a lot about myself,” said Draughn, who is from Raleigh, N.C. “For sure it is a highlight of my time at RIT.”
Draughn was helped by the Constellation Brands Study Abroad Fund, which supports hospitality students who want to study in Croatia.