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Cleanup in progress[edit]

Hi - I have done a bit of work on this page to clean it up and make it consistent with the treatment of other Australian universities. So far I have:

1. added a brief history of Swinburne, drawing on external sources wherever possible, including circumstances in which Swinburne acquired campuses at Prahran, Wantirna and Croydon;

2. added a section on governance, international rankings and the university's Faculty structure, modelled on the format for the Australian National University Wikipedia page;

3. added a section on the university's various Research Centres;

4. added reference to significant recent building works (ATC and AMDC).

In making the above changes and additions, I am aware that this page has been fraught and of poor quality for many years - with a history of inappropriate/dubious/promotional content being added including by persons associated with the university. In cleaning up the page and creating a balanced Wiki entry I have modelled both the content and tone on pages for other Australian universities, including the Australian National University, RMIT University and the University of Melbourne. I have also drawn on Creative Commons licenced images from the Swinburne Image Bank to freshen it up.

There is still a fair bit of work to go and more information to add to bring this page up to scratch and into line with other Australian universities. To further improve the page, work could include the following (note - this is not an exhaustive list):

- updated student numbers and financial information

- a more detailed history, and especially more detail about developments in the period from 1908 (founding) to 1992 (University status)

- history/list of former Chancellors/ Vice-Chancellors (and Heads of the Institute prior to 1992)

- further detail on each of the campuses including notable developments

- information on any residential colleges associated with the university

- better organisation of information on the university's Colleges and Schools, perhaps organised in this way:

- information on the university's Library (e.g. here:

Please contact me if you have any feedback or get involved. GarryRasmussen1 02:45, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

--GarryRasmussen1 02:45, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

Useful information[edit]

This page has a lot of information which may be useful for expanding this topic. Please don't copy chunks directly though. -- SimonEast

please don't put any biased agenda backed crap in the opening paragraph, put it here in the talk page and get a response from the wiki community before deciding to put anything possibly offensive in. 03:08, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

"Swinburne University of Technology was rated the best performer for overall educational experience, scoring five stars. At the other end of the scale, Deakin graduates had the lowest Victorian ranking - one star - in the "getting a job" category. La Trobe scored similarly poorly for graduate starting salary, while RMIT was rated at the lowest level for educational experience." - The Age

should some of the information from the quoted research be included in the article?

here's some useful information
   * Established in 1908
   * University and TAFE
   * 22,000 students, including 3,500 international
   * No. 4 in Australia for learning and teaching quality
   * No. 4 in Australia for research growth
   * Member of European Consortium of Innovative Universities
   * Practical, career-orientated courses
   * Six campuses in Melbourne, one in Sarawak, Malaysia
   * Main campus, ten minutes to the city centre
Shrewd.user 00:46, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Swinburne ranks 402 in QS World Uni Ranking 2010: —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:26, 18 September 2010 (UTC)

Merger with Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus[edit]

Could DWZ, the one who suggested the merger provide his rationale for it here?– Matthew A. Lockhart (talk) 16:06, 6 January 2007 (UTC)

Sorry, my bad, I was meaning to, but then got caught up with something else and forgot. Basically, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus is simply just one of nine campuses at Swinburne, but is the only one with its own article, and it's not the main campus for the University. The article Swinburne University of Technology currently isn't overcrowded, and I think it would be a better fit there. Larger universities in Australia that have much more information on their main page don't seem to have individual campus pages (eg. Melbourne University), although, admittedly, Monash University does - but again its main page is much longer. So, all in all, I think it's probably not worth having two separate articles until there is either a significant amount of information on the University in general on Swinburne University of Technology, or more information specifically on the Sarawak Campus. --DWZ (talkemailcontribs) 17:05, 6 January 2007 (UTC)
Agree 00:19, 12 January 2007 (UTC)
Disagree. The structure of Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus is very different from Swinburne. It is a private university (vs. Swinburne's public status); operated in partnership with the Sarawak Foundation and Sarawak Higher Education Foundation [1]. While I am not too sure about the status of Chancellor, I believe that the different campuses of Swinburne Australia do not have one for each and every campus. However, the Sarawak Campus has its own chancellor and even its own logo - yellow and black instead of Swinburne Australia's red and black. To simply dismiss Swinburne Sarawak as just another campus of Swinburne Australia can be considered a mistake.
I will be expanding the Sarawak campus article in the near future, but not now as I have my hands full at the moment. Please reconsider this merger.– Matthew A. Lockhart (talk) 10:55, 13 January 2007 (UTC)
Alright, I think I'll remove the merge tag now to give Matthew A. Lockhart a chance to play with the article. --DWZ (talkemailcontribs) 11:27, 2 February 2007 (UTC)


In my opinion this should reflect the founding of the institution (1908), rather than the granting of public university status (1992).

See RMIT's article where they list 1887, rather than 1992.

Auroria (talk) 23:23, 16 February 2011 (UTC)


This article is a disgusting example of the university abusing the wiki for advertising. Contains a completely biased tone, and contains absolutely no criticism. Some of the sections provide no relevance to the article, and are nothing more than blatant ad's for the Uni. I will review, modify and delete biased and unreferenced information Mr.weedle (talk) 14:28, 2 May 2012 (UTC)

And two months later these serious issues have still not been addressed. A lot of work has gone into the article, but probably the best solution would be to stub it down to a one-liner - there is no reason why we should be expected to clean up such blatant promotion. --Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 05:00, 1 July 2012 (UTC)
Also the persistent addition of non notable alumnae must stop. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 09:36, 25 August 2012 (UTC)


Many sections contain blatant CPYVIO and close paraphrasing from the college website. there may be more. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 07:00, 20 September 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 15 November 2012[edit]

Please change "Swinburne has five campuses in Melbourne at Hawthorn, Prahran, Lilydale, Wantirna, Croydon – and one in Sarawak, Malaysia." to "Swinburne has four campuses in Melbourne at Hawthorn, Prahran, Wantirna, Croydon – and one in Sarawak, Malaysia." because the campus is closing in July next year and is no longer accepting any new students <ref></ref> Jordancapp (talk) 00:29, 15 November 2012 (UTC)

Not done: As long as the campus is open (which it will be until July 2013 per the source you provided), it should be listed here. —KuyaBriBri[[User_Talk:Kuya--GarryRasmussen1 (talk) 13:13, 1 November 2013 (UTC)--GarryRasmussen1 (talk) 13:13, 1 November 2013 (UTC)bribri|Talk]] 17:08, 15 November 2012 (UTC)

Note: Reference to Lilydale campus deleted on 31 October 2013. Contemporaneous news report cited as reference for the change. Lilydale campus closure referenced, with context provided, in the 'History' section.--GarryRasmussen1 (talk) 13:13, 1 November 2013 (UTC)

New ranking and details to add for information about Swinburne[edit]

Swinburne ranks 65th in the 2014 Nature Publishing Index Asia-Pacific. <ref></ref> Swinburne is ranked 329th in Arts and Humanities and ranked 325th in Engineering and Technology. <ref></ref> — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:17, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 4 August 2014[edit]

Please update Mark Hartley profile link in References. Point 52. "Student Achievements - Persuading, changing and influencing: Mark Hartley". Swinburne. Retrieved 20 April 2010. Link for profiles: Thanks (talk) 03:15, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done (The profile link is, accessible by disabling JavaScript or opening in a new browser tab/window.) I've actually added an archive link for the original page, which I think will last longer. Anon126 (notify me of responses! / talk / contribs) 22:27, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

ASAIHL and ECIU[edit]

Swinburne is a member of the prestigious Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning[2], but its membership of European Consortium of Innovative Universities was inactive since 2012.[3][4]

Semi-protection due to vandalism and promotion[edit]

Shortly after the last protection expired the issues began again. The page has now been protected again for a longer period. Regular registered users are invited to check for any remaining vandalism and remove promotional content. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 06:34, 20 September 2012 (UTC)

For an organisation that makes imoprtant claims to quality, this article is a blantant misuse of Wikipedia for purely promotional purposes. Major contributors are obviously closely connected with the organisation and judging from the brochure-style jargon, may even be the college PR staff. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 07:03, 20 September 2012 (UTC)

Dear Kudpung กุดผึ้ง: Thank you for editing and semi-protecting the article. But after your six-month semi-protection expired, the article attracted further vandalistic[5] and COI[6] edits. I wonder if you could please protect the article for another three to five years? You could semi-protect it. Or you could use pending changes level 1 protection. (Pending changes protection is a seldom-used feature. It came out in an RfC that it's a confusing feature. But perhaps it's more likely to encourage new editors to join Wikipedia than semi-protection.) Cheers, —Unforgettableid (talk) 21:22, 12 August 2013 (UTC)
Dear @Kudpung: I see you've now semi-protected the article for another two years. Would semi-protection for three or four years instead, or even indefinite semi-protection, be better? If not, why not? I've been less active lately, and I don't know whether or not I'll be available again 2.5 years from now to do another WP:VSCA cleanup. Thanks again, —Unforgettableid (talk) 03:37, 1 December 2015 (UTC)
If I do it for longer I'll be accused of abusing my admin tools - you know what people are like. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 10:34, 1 December 2015 (UTC)


Dear @Kudpung: By the time of the fifth protection, maybe indef is acceptable. Alternatively, we could establish consensus for indef here. A third option would be for us to do the following:

  1. Wait for the semi-protection to expire.
  2. Wait for the COI editors to start editing again.
  3. Roll back to just before semi-protection expired.
  4. Semi-protect the article again.

Cheers, —Unforgettableid (talk) 14:46, 4 December 2015 (UTC)

I see you have semi-protected it for another year. Thank you. —Unforgettableid (talk) 02:43, 21 August 2013 (UTC)
Aw, I think 2 years is enough for the moment. Let's not create unnecessary bureaucracy. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 14:57, 4 December 2015 (UTC)

I think "bureaucracy" is just over-estimating on just one University. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:22, 6 December 2015 (UTC)

Original edit - for referencing[edit]

Swinburne University of Technology (often simply referred to as Swinburne) is an Australian public university of technology based in Melbourne, Victoria. Swinburne was founded in 1908 by the Honourable George Swinburne as the Eastern Suburbs Technical College. Its foundation campus is located in Hawthorn, a suburb of Melbourne which is located 7.5 km from the Melbourne central business district.[12]

In its first year, it enrolled 80 students in subjects including carpentry, plumbing and gas fitting.[13] Today, Swinburne operates five campuses in two countries and has an enrolment of 60,000 students across vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.[14]

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 which it has operated in partnership with the Sarawak State Government since 2000.[15] Swinburne also has an online campus, Swinburne Online, which has been in operation since 2011.[16]

Internationally, Swinburne is particularly strong in the field of Computer Science and Information Systems, Engineering - Mechanical, Physics & Astronomy, and Art & Design.[17] Swinburne is ranked 13th in Australia and 80th in the world [18] from Nature Publishing Index ranking.[19] Swinburne is a member of Design Factory Global Network and Swinburne's School of Design is a full member of Cumulus.[20] Swinburne is ranked among the top 400 universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities[21] and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings[22] and in the top 500 universities in the world by the 2013 QS World University Rankings.[23] Swinburne University of Technology is ranked 65th in 2015 in the THE 100 under 50 (top 100 universities under 50 years old) ranking in the world [24] and ranked in the 81st-90th category in the Top 50 under 50 and Next 50 under 50 ranking by QS World University Rankings in 2015.[25] Both NICTA and Swinburne fund the NICTA Swinburne Software Innovation lab [26] along with industry participants and other Victorian universities are invited to participate on a project-by-project basis. Swinburne's International outlook (staff, students, research) is ranked in Top 20% in the world in 2016.[27] Swinburne is affiliated with Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy.[7] Swinburne's Faculty of Business and Enterprise was given 3 palmes by Eduniversal in 2015[28] and is a member of Centre for Social Impact [9][10][11] and the Centre for Transformative Innovation participates in Asia-Pacific Innovation Conference.[29] Swinburne has been specialising in IBL (Industry-Based Learning) since 1963 starting in the Engineering Department; it is the longest running IBL program in Australia. All six faculties at Swinburne offer either IBL or Industry Placement (IP) programs.[30] Swinburne's business, engineering and ICT degrees are professionally accredited by Australian Computer Society, Australian Human Resources Institute, CPA Australia and Engineers Australia.[31] Swinburne is ranked 151-200 in the world by 2016 QS Graduate Employability ranking.[32]


Governance Swinburne is governed by a 10-member Council, whose members include the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor.[49] Graham Goldsmith has been Chancellor of the University since 2014.[50] Professor Linda Kristjanson has been Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne University since 2011 and was previously the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) at Curtin University.[51] She was the Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year in 2002.[52]

Rankings Rankings ARWU[53] (2015, world) 301-400 QS[54] (2015/16, world) 481-490 THE[55] (2015/16, world) 351-400 Internationally, Swinburne is ranked among the top 400 universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities[21] and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings[22] and in the top 500 universities in the world by the 2013 QS World University Rankings.[23]

Swinburne also is ranked 76-100 in the world in the field of physics by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.[56]

The university's computer science and information technology, sociology, psychology, and communications and media subjects were ranked 151-200 in the world by the 2013 QS World University Rankings.[57]

Swinburne's MBA is ranked in the top ten in Australia by the London-based CEO magazine.[58]

Faculties Swinburne comprises three "super faculties", each of which conducts both teaching and research.[59]

Science, Engineering and Technology The Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences comprises the School of Science, the School of Engineering and the School of Software and Electrical Engineering and associated research centres.[60]

Health, Arts and Design The Faculty of Health, Arts and Design comprises the School of Health Sciences, the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and the School of Design, and associated research centres.[61]

Business and Law The Faculty of Business and Law comprises the Swinburne Business School, the newly established Swinburne Law School, and associated research centres.[62]

Research Based on its research activity as assessed by the Australian Research Council, Swinburne is one of the most specialised of Australian universities.[63] It is research active in 11 of the ARC’s 22 broad fields of research interest,[64] with 12 Specialist facilities [65] for Strategic research initiatives of a multidisciplinary approach to research, innovation and product development on delivering innovative, commercially viable solutions to real world problems.[66]

Swinburne has 14 Research Centres with a concentration in the physical and health sciences, engineering and ICT fields:[67]

Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing Centre for Quantum and Optical Science Centre for Transformative Innovation Centre for Human Psychopharmacology Centre for Micro-Photonics Centre for Ocean Engineering Science and Technology Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure Industrial Research Institute Swinburne Swinburne Institute for Social Research Swinburne Sarawak Research Centre for Sustainable Technologies Centre for Computing and Engineering Software Systems Brain and Psychological Science Research Centre Swinburne Centre for Social Impact Vocational education Swinburne offers vocational education (TAFE) courses in a range of areas including arts and social sciences, business and management, design, digital media, engineering, English language and study skills, environment and land management, film and television, health sciences and community care, information and communication technologies, media and communications, performing and creative arts, science, apprenticeships and traineeships.[68]

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.[69]


Swinburne University of Technology is a principal partner to the Victorian Division of Engineers Australia.[4] Swinburne Psychology Clinic is the largest university psychology clinic in Australia, and it has achieved an enviable reputation, not only for the services it provides, but also for its teaching and research. Each year the Swinburne Psychology Clinic provides over 500 individuals with access to low-cost counselling, psychological assessment and group therapy treatment.[81] — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:18, 6 December 2015 (UTC)

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