Swinburne University of Technology

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Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne University of Technology (logo).png
Motto Achievement through learning[1]
Type Public
Established 1908[2] (University status 1992)
Chancellor Graham Goldsmith
Vice-Chancellor Linda Kristjanson
Students 20,864[3]
Undergraduates 17,805
Postgraduates 2,320
Other students
Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Campus Urban
Affiliations Universities Australia, OUA, ASAIHL, Engineers Australia,[4] NICTA,[5] Apple University Consortium,[6] Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy[7]
Website www.swinburne.edu.au

Swinburne University of Technology (often simply called Swinburne) is an Australian public university based in Melbourne, Victoria. Its main campus is located in Hawthorn, a suburb of Melbourne which is located 7.5 km from the Melbourne central business district.[8]

Swinburne runs five campuses; in total, Swinburne has 60,000 students.[9]

In addition to its main Hawthorn campus, Swinburne has campuses in the Melbourne metropolitan area at Wantirna and Croydon. Swinburne also has a campus in Sarawak, Malaysia.[10]


Swinburne University of Technology has its origins in the Eastern Suburbs Technical College, which was established in 1908 in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn by the Honourable George Swinburne. In 1913, the institution changed its name to Swinburne Technical College. The Institute attained university status on 1 July 1992 following the passage of the Swinburne University of Technology Act 1992.[11]

As a consequence of the Dawkins reforms to Australian higher education in the early 1990s, the university commenced delivery in the suburb of Prahran through a merger in 1992 with Victoria College (previously the Prahran Institute of TAFE),[12] which stood on the site of Victoria's first training institutes, the Prahran Mechanics' Institute.

In 1997, Swinburne opened a campus at Lilydale, Victoria. In 1998, it merged with the Outer East Institute of TAFE and commenced operating from campuses at Croydon and Wantirna.[13]

In 1999, Swinburne established the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA).[14]

In 2000, the university opened a campus in Sarawak, Malaysia, as a partnership between the university and the Sarawak State Government.[15]

In February 2011, the university opened the Advanced Technologies Centre,[16] a 22,000 square metre building of modern architectural design at its Hawthorn campus,[17] known locally as "the cheese grater building".[18]

Following a series of funding cuts announced by the Victorian Government to vocational education in May 2012,[19] Swinburne announced that it would close its Lilydale and Prahran campuses.[20] Lilydale campus officially closed on 1 July 2013.[21] In August 2013 the university announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE to sell its Prahran campus to NMIT with effect from 2014.[22]



(2015, world)
(2015/16, world)
(2015/16, world)

Internationally, Swinburne is ranked 301-400 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities[26] and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings[27] and 351-500 by the 2013 QS World University Rankings.[28]

Swinburne also is ranked 76-100 in the field of physics by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.[29]

The university's computer science and information technology, sociology, psychology, and communications and media subjects were ranked 151-200 by the 2013 QS World University Rankings.[30]

Swinburne College

The university also operates Swinburne College, a provider of pathway education courses which prepare students for university study. Programs offered by Swinburne College include English language, foundation studies, diploma and professional year programs.[31]



The Hawthorn campus is Swinburne’s main campus. It hosts a range of vocational, undergraduate, and postgraduate programs.


Wantirna is a TAFE-specific campus.[32] The campus also offers courses in areas including health and community services, visual arts, business and accounting.[33]


The university's Croydon campus is a TAFE-specific campus, with a focus on training in trades such as building, carpentry, electrical and plumbing.[34]


While Swinburne no longer operates at the Prahran campus, the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) continues to be based there.[35]

Sarawak, Malaysia

The Sarawak campus is located in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.[36]

Swinburne Online

Main article: Swinburne Online

The university's joint venture with SEEK Limited led to the creation of Swinburne Online in 2011.[37]


Student life

Students on campus

Swinburne Student Union (SSU)

Swinburne Student Union (SSU) is the independent student representative body of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Membership is opt-in for all students.[38]

Notable alumni

See also


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  2. ^ "About - Swinburne University - Melbourne". Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "2013 Annual Report". Swinburne University. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  4. ^ "Victoria Division". Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  5. ^ https://www.nicta.com.au/education/partner-universities/
  6. ^ http://auc.edu.au/about/auc-coordinators/
  7. ^ http://www.aura-astronomy.org/membership.asp?memberType=institutions
  8. ^ "Hawthorn, Melbourne". Google Maps. 
  9. ^ "Campuses and facilities". Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Education Malaysia website". Government of Malaysia. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Swinburne University of Technology Act 1992". Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Roche, Vivienne (2003). Razor gang to Dawkins: a history of Victoria College, an Australian College of Advanced Education. University of Melbourne. 
  13. ^ "Swinburne History". Swinburne University of Technology. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
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  15. ^ "Education Malaysia website". Government of Malaysia. 
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  17. ^ "Swinburne Advanced Technologies Centre". Kane Constructions. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "Largest cheese grater in the world". @tke_rsk. 20 May 2013. 
  19. ^ Wheelahan, Leesa. "TAFE cuts will affect everyone: state governments should think again". The Conversation. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  20. ^ Benjamin Preiss (6 July 2012). "Swinburne to shut Lilydale campus". The Age. 
  21. ^ Kimberley Seedy (1 July 2012). "Lilydale campus officially closed". Lilydale and Yarra Valley Leader. 
  22. ^ "NMIT to turn Swinburne’s Prahran campus into centre for creative arts". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2 August 2013. 
  23. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015". Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  24. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2015/16". Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  25. ^ "World University Rankings 2015-16". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  26. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013". Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  27. ^ "Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14". Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  28. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2013". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  29. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities". ARWU Subject rankings. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  30. ^ "QS World Subject Rankings 2013". QS Quacquarelli Limited. 
  31. ^ "Swinburne College". Swinburne University of Technology. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  32. ^ "Swinburne opens new training centre". CareerSpot. 26 April 2013. 
  33. ^ "Wantirna campus". Swinburne University of Technology. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  34. ^ "Croydon campus". Swinburne University of Technology. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  35. ^ Priess, Benjamin (29 July 2013). "Circus instute nets $13 million in federal funding and will stay at Prahran campus". Sydney Morning Herald. 
  36. ^ "About Swinburne - Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak, Malaysia". Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  37. ^ "Swinburne Online". Swinburne Online About Us. Retrieved 12 January 2015. 
  38. ^ "Services". Swinburne Student Union. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  39. ^ "Student Achievements - Persuading, changing and influencing: Mark Hartley". Swinburne. Archived from the original on 13 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  40. ^ "Laurence Scott Pendlebury (1914–1986)". Kew Gallery. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 

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