Martin Bean is Vice Chancellor of RMIT. He officially started in this role on 2 February 2015. He is the fifth person to lead the institution in the four decades since its creation in 1969, in which time it has provided quality, innovative, accessible education to millions.
Bean is back to Australia after serving for five years as the Vice-Chancellor of the Open University, the UK's largest academic institution and a global leader in the provision of flexible and inspiring learning.
"When I arrived at UTS I was just so delighted. Delighted to find a university that would allow me to continue with my career while also giving me a world-class education.
Before joining The Open University in October 2009, he was General Manager within Microsoft's Worldwide Education Products Group where he was focused on developing solutions to help the global education community address its challenges. In this role he was responsible for product management, business development and marketing.
As well as commercial roles spanning from Europe to Asia Pacific to North America, he is heavily involved in shaping education in the developed and developing world, and is currently a member of The British Council's Board of Trustees and the Commonwealth of Learning's Board of Governors.
Bean holds a Bachelor's degree in Adult Education from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. He now lives in Melbourne with his wife and three daughters.
"When I arrived at UTS I was just so delighted. Delighted to find a university that would allow me to continue with my career while also giving me a world-class education," he says.
"Delighted to find a university that not only taught me about cutting-edge pedagogy, but actually taught me by using those same cutting-edge techniques. Thanks to UTS, I understand how adult education can change lives. It certainly changed mine, and 20 years later, I'm still using the skills I learned there to change the lives of thousands more across the UK and around the world."
Interview with Martin Bean
Martin Bean, now Vice-Chancellor at RMIT, made a substantial impact in his former role as Vice-Chancellor of The Open University in the United Kingdom, opening access to higher education. Click here to read an interview with Martin.