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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)

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[2] and COI[3] 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)
I see you have semi-protected it for another year. Thank you. —Unforgettableid (talk) 02:43, 21 August 2013 (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)

Swinburne is a member of the prestigious Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning, but its membership of European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) was inactive since 2012[edit]

Swinburne is a member of the prestigious Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning[1], but its membership of European Consortium of Innovative Universities was inactive since 2012. [2][3]

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