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RMIT English Worldwide's 50-year celebration

REW50 event, 25 October 2018

RMIT English Worldwide formally celebrated its 50th year on Thursday 25 October with a stand-up cocktail party including RMIT Training’s Leadership Team, key RMIT University contacts, past and present employees, and current partners.

The Level 3 corridor in Building 108 was transformed from a bright white space to a moody after-dark venue with a warm red glow. The marble bar, delicious canapés and selection of fine Australian wines were enjoyed by guests as they reminisced about the past and talked about current activities.

The evening’s entertainment kicked off with a 30-minute video showcasing REW’s history and ongoing contribution to the education sector locally and internationally. Entertainment continued with a 3-piece band, playing smooth, sophisticated jazz classics.

There was a brief interlude in the entertainment for speeches which commenced with Brett Blacker the CEO of English Australia who outlined REW’s wonderful achievements over the last 50 years and how REW has evolved from a single location language centre in Melbourne to a having a global footprint.

“English is the fastest growing language in the world, with over 1.5 billion speakers, and during its history, REW has responded to this increasing demand by creating products and services to meet the needs of its customers and partners around the globe.”

Eli Momeni, a former REW student who is now studying a Bachelor of Architecture at RMIT University, gave an insightful look at life at REW for a first-time visitor from Iran. Her favourite teacher from REW, Theseus Mclean, was amongst the guests enjoying her story of how an unplanned trip to study in Australia changed her life, including converting her from a tea drinker to a coffee drinker.

Rachael Hothouse, Chief Executive Officer talked about REW’s focus in 2018.

“This year we have reached in to new regions that have an appetite for pathways into degree programs which can be completed in-country. What a wonderful future there is ahead of us as we reach more people globally, not only those who are able to come to us in Melbourne.”

Ms Holthouse concluded her speech by looking to REW’s future,

“It’s our absolute commitment to the student’s journey that matters. Our challenge is to continue to deliver this well and to take on the challenges of a digitally changing education framework. It will be wonderful to see where the next 50 years takes us.”

And with that, the champagne tower was poured, and everyone continued celebrating REW’s 50 years of wonderful achievements. Visit https://rmitenglishworldwide.com/share-rew-story for more stories from our English language community.


The history of REW, illustrated by Matthew Magain from Sketch Group.