Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology (often simply called Swinburne) is an Australian public university based in Melbourne, Victoria. It was founded in 1908 as the Eastern Suburbs Technical College by George Swinburne in order to serve those without access to further education in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.[49] Its main campus is located in Hawthorn, a suburb of Melbourne which is located 7.5 km from the Melbourne central business district.[50]

Swinburne University of Technology
Former names
Eastern Suburbs Technical College (1908–1913)
Swinburne Technical College (1913–1992)
MottoFactum per Litteras (Latin)
Motto in English
"Achievement through learning"[1]
1992 (university status)
ChancellorJohn Pollaers
Vice-ChancellorLinda Kristjanson
Other students
Location, ,
MascotRazor the Razorback
Barry the Latelab Pigeon

In addition to its main Hawthorn campus, Swinburne has campuses in the Melbourne metropolitan area at Wantirna and Croydon as well as a campus in Sarawak, Malaysia.[51]

In the 2016 QS World University Rankings, Swinburne was ranked 32nd for art and design, making it one of the top art and design schools in Australia and the world.[52]


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 George Swinburne. In 1913, the institution changed its name to Swinburne Technical College. It attained university status on 1 July 1992 with the passage of the Swinburne University of Technology Act.[53]

As a consequence of the Dawkins reforms to Australian higher education in the early 1990s, the university began teaching in the suburb of Prahran through a merger in 1992 with Victoria College (previously the Prahran Institute of TAFE),[54] which stood on the site of Victoria's first training institute, 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 began operating from campuses at Croydon and Wantirna.[55]

In 1999, Swinburne established the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA).[56]

In 2000, the university opened a campus in Sarawak, Malaysia, as a partnership between the university and the Sarawak State Government.[57]

In February 2011, the university opened the Advanced Technologies Centre,[58] a 22,000 square metre building of modern architectural design at its Hawthorn campus,[59] known locally as "the cheese grater building".[60]

Following a series of funding cuts announced by the Victorian Government to vocational education in May 2012,[61] Swinburne announced that it would close its Lilydale and Prahran campuses.[62] Lilydale campus officially closed on 1 July 2013.[63] The university sold its Prahran campus to the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE in 2014.[64]

In 2015, Swinburne launched its law school and became the first university in Victoria to enable students to complete their practical legal training during the final year of their law degree.[65][66]


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

Wantirna is a TAFE-specific campus.[67] The campus also offers courses in areas including health and community services, visual arts, business and accounting.[68]

The university's Croydon campus is a TAFE-specific campus, with a focus on training in trades such as building, carpentry, electrical and plumbing.[69]


While Swinburne no longer operates at the Prahran campus, the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) continues to be based there.[70]

Sarawak, Malaysia

The Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus is located in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.[71]

Swinburne Online

The university's joint venture with SEEK Limited led to the creation of Swinburne Online in 2011.[72]

Academic profile


University rankings
Swinburne University of Technology
QS World[73]383
THE-WUR World[74]389
ARWU World[75]367
USNWR World[76]358
CWTS Leiden World[77]283[78]
Australian rankings
QS National[73]19
THE-WUR National[79]20
ARWU National[80]18
CWTS Leiden National[77]6
ERA National[81]15

Swinburne is internationally recognized for the output from international partnership researches.[82]

Swinburne is also renowned for producing favorable academic-industry partnership.[83]

Swinburne was ranked top 75 in the field of physics by the Academic Ranking of World Universities in the 2014.[84]

Swinburne was also ranked 32nd in the world for art and design in the 2016 QS World University Rankings, making it one of the top art and design schools.[85]

Swinburne has been placed in the top 75 for civil engineering and physics in the top 100 in Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects by the 2016.[86]

The university was listed in the top 40 for the art and design subject area by the 2018 QS World Rankings of Universities by Subject.[87]

Swinburne also performed well in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, with Swinburne ranked in the top 200 for Education, the top 300 for Psychology and the top 500 for Business and Economics.[88] Social Sciences ranked 401-500th, Engineering and Technology ranked 176th-200th and Computer Science positioned at 251st-300th in 2020.[89]

Swinburne 's Faculty of Business and Law [90] (Swinburne Business School) ranked in the top 25% Economists and Institutions in Australia and 272nd Business School in the world as of October 2019.[91][92] Australia's only Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE) is located in Swinburne.[93]Swinburne Business School issues the quarterly Australian Leadership Index. [94] Swinburne ranked 351-400th in the Business & Management Studies in 2019 by QS World University Rankings ,[95] 301-400th in Business and Economics in the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings[96] and Business Administration ranked 201-300th by Shanghai Ranking in 2019.[97] There were four Swinburne Master programs that ranked in top 200 worldwide by Eduniversal in 2019.[98] Swinburne's online MBA ranked in the top 35(Tier One)internationally by the CEO Magazine 2019 ranking.[99] Swinburne is affiliated with Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative[100] and accredited by AACSB[101] and Principles for Responsible Management Education(PRME).[102]

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.[103] Swinburne College had collaborated with Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies.[104]


Student life

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.[105]


MemberFaculty positionPeriod
Ian YoungVice-Chancellor2003 - 2011
Alan Kin-Tak LauPro Vice-Chancellor of Research Performance and Development
Margaret ReidProfessor at the Centre for Quantum and Optical Sciences
Lisa GivenAssociate Dean, Research and Development, for the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design
Ken FriedmanDean of the Faculty of Design
Matthew BailesProfessor at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
Katharine BettsAdjunct Associate Professor of Sociology
Con StoughProfessor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology
Arran GareAssociate Professor in the Faculty of Life and Social Sciences
Lawrence PendleburyInstructor and then Head of the Art School1946 - 1963, 1963 - 1974
Per MollerupProfessor of Communication Design
Jeremy MouldCentre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
Michael Kyrios
David WilliamsonLecturer in mechanical engineering and thermodynamics, Lecturer in social psychology1966 - 1970
Karl GlazebrookProfessor of Astronomy1966 -
James Clancy PhelanInstructor first year fiction2016 -
Alan DuffyResearch Fellow and Associate Professor at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
Peter HannafordDirector of the Centre for Atom Optics and Ultrafast Spectroscopy

Notable alumni[106]

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