Swinburne University of Technology
|Motto||Achievement through learning|
|Established||1908 (University status 1992)|
|Location||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Affiliations||Universities Australia, OUA, ASAIHL, Engineers Australia, NICTA, Apple University Consortium, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy|
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.
Swinburne runs five campuses; in total, Swinburne has 60,000 students.
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.
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), 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.
In 2000, the university opened a campus in Sarawak, Malaysia, as a partnership between the university and the Sarawak State Government.
In February 2011, the university opened the Advanced Technologies Centre, a 22,000 square metre building of modern architectural design at its Hawthorn campus, known locally as "the cheese grater building".
Following a series of funding cuts announced by the Victorian Government to vocational education in May 2012, Swinburne announced that it would close its Lilydale and Prahran campuses. Lilydale campus officially closed on 1 July 2013. 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.
Internationally, Swinburne is ranked 301-400 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 351-500 by the 2013 QS World University Rankings.
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.
The Hawthorn campus is Swinburne’s main campus. It hosts a range of vocational, undergraduate, and postgraduate programs.
The university's Croydon campus is a TAFE-specific campus, with a focus on training in trades such as building, carpentry, electrical and plumbing.
While Swinburne no longer operates at the Prahran campus, the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) continues to be based there.
Daryl Jackson's Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (2001)
Swinburne Student Union (SSU)
- Mark Hartley: film director, Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)
- Richard Lowenstein: film director, "Autoluminescent" (documentary film on the life of Rowland S. Howard; 2011), He Died With A Felafel In His Hand (2001), Dogs In Space (1986), "Strikebound" (1984)
- L. Scott Pendlebury (1914–1986): landscape and portrait artist; instructor (1946–1963), head of art school (1963–1974) at Swinburne Technical College
- List of universities in Australia
- National Institute of Circus Arts
- Prahran Mechanics' Institute
- Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus
- Hawthorn, Melbourne
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