October 30, 2009

Swinburne University of Technology – SUT

  1. Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology


Factum per Litteras(“Achievement through learning”) [1]






Bill Scales AO


Professor Ian Young


1,422 (2008) [2]


13,229 (2008) [2]


5,653 (2008) [2]

Doctoral students

626 (2008) [2]

Other students

33,626 (2008) [2]






George Swinburne





Swinburne University of Technology (known less formally as Swinburne) is an Australian public universitybased in MelbourneVictoria. The University has six campuses in the state of Victoria, and one in Malaysia. Its foundation campus is located in the inner-eastern suburb of Hawthorn.

Founded in 1908 by engineer and politician, The Hon. George Swinburne, as the Eastern Suburbs Technical College, it changed its name to Swinburne Technical College in 1913, to honour its founder. In 1992, the College was granted official public university status and became known as Swinburne University of Technology.[3]

The 2009 Good Universities Guide of Australia ranked Swinburne the best in Melbourne for teaching quality, equal best for graduate satisfaction, along with a five-star rating for cultural diversity.[4] Swinburne is also ranked in the 401-500 range from THE – QS World University Rankings in 2008 and 2009 Swinburne’s ranking in THE – QS World University Rankings .

Swinburne is the host university for Australia’s national circus school, the National Institute of Circus Arts.[5]

  1. History

Swinburne was established as the Eastern Suburbs Technical College by George Swinburne in 1908. By 1913, the institution had changed its name to Swinburne Technical College to commemorate its founder [6]. Both a boys’ and girls’ technical school and were soon established. In 1965 Swinburne became affiliated with the Victoria Institute of Colleges. The technical schools were taken over by the Victorian Education Department in 1969, however the college remained a separate institution.

n 1976-78 extensive reorganisation of the Victorian education system took place. Under the changes of the Victorian Post-Secondary Education Act, Swinburne was conferred the power to grant bachelor degrees. The first of these were granted in 1981. Swinburne was proclaimed a University on July 1, 1992 and businessman Richard Pratt became the university’s first Chancellor. Eastern TAFE was amalgamated with the university in July 1998, increasing the size of the university to six campuses. [7]

  1. Structure

The University has six faculties and four TAFE vocational schools. [8]

  1. 5 Faculties
  • Faculty of Business and Enterprise
  • Faculty of Design
  • Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences
  • Faculty of Higher Education, Lilydale
  • Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies
  • Faculty of Life and Social Sciences
  1. 6 TAFE schools
  • School of Arts, Hospitality and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Social Sciences
  1. 7 Other
  1. Campuses

Swinburne’s presence extends to campuses in numerous parts of Victoria including HawthornCroydonPrahranLilydaleWantirna, and Healesville. Outside of Australia, Swinburne also has a campus in KuchingSarawakMalaysia.

  1. 9 Hawthorn campus

Swinburne’s foundation campus in Hawthorn is home to the University’s central administration, many of its undergraduate and postgraduate programs, TAFE courses and short courses. It is also the site of Swinburne’s research and training centres. Hawthorn is a dual sector campus and offers courses from pre-apprenticeship through to PhD level.

The campus is located seven kilometres east of the city of Melbourne, and is accessible by train and tram. Glenferrie train station is located on-campus, with the train line separating the north and south sides of the university. It is situated in the heart of Hawthorn and is close to restaurants, cafes and shops on Glenferrie Road. Facilities include a library, bookshop, cafeterias, sports centre and 24-hour access to computers and learning spaces.

The Hawthorn campus also has facilities for student accommodation, including single bedroom dormitories along with two-bedroom, three-bedroom or four-bedroom apartments. [9]

Hawthorn campus is home to Australia’s first Graduate School of Entrepreneurship.

In early 2008, the university completed a series of renovations and landscaping projects at Hawthorn campus which saw one and a quarter acres of public space being created at the campus [10]. In 2009, the university opened the ‘Project Hub’ which provides a space for students to work collaboratively on final year projects. A new Advanced Technology Building is currently under construction and due to be completed in 2010 [11].

Academically, the campus primarily offers courses in Business, Engineering and Industry, IT and Science. The Hawthorn campus is home to Australia’s first Graduate School of Entrepreneurship [12] and also houses some impressive research tools including one of the fastest supercomputers in Australia, [13] a 3D Virtual Reality Theatre [14], and a sensory neuroscience laboratory.

  1. 10 Prahran campus

Prahran Mechanics Institute – Established in 1854. The above building opened in 1915.

The Prahran campus is located in the heart of Prahran, adjoining the iconic Chapel Street. It is close to several bars, restaurants and shops. The campus is close to trams and is in walking distance of both Windsor and Prahran train stations. Prahran is known as Swinburne’s ‘arts campus,’ since it houses a number of arts areas including the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) and the Faculty of Design. The campus is a dual sector campus with both higher education and TAFE courses being offered. The Faculty of Design offers a range of film and television, graphic, interior, industrial and multimedia design courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. There are also graphic design, multimedia design, costume, performing arts and makeup courses offered at TAFE level.

In addition to the arts offerings, Prahran also has a range of programs in business, social sciences, and hospitality.

  1. 11 Sarawak campus

Main article: Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus

The Sarawak campus is in KuchingSarawakMalaysia. The degrees offered at Swinburne’s Malaysian campuses are similar in content to that of its Australian degrees.

  1. International Partnerships

Students are given the opportunity to study overseas. In additi
on to its Sarawak Campus, Swinburne has over 50 partner institutions worldwide in 10 different countries. [15]. There are also a number of scholarships available. [16]

  1. Research

Swinburne University operates research programs in several areas. As a medium-sized university, Swinburne has adopted a strategy to seek excellence in a limited number of areas. The University is strong in specialised areas of science and technology, such as radio astronomyastrophysicsreliable software systemsservice oriented computingphotonicsoptics, social research, biotechnologybiomedical engineeringpsychology and molecular simulation.

The university is a member of four Australian Research Council (ARC) Centres of Excellence. [17]

Swinburne also hosts a Defence Materials Centre and is a core member of the Australian Centre for Radiofrequency Bioeffects Research (ACRBR). Swinburne is the only Australian member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU)[17]

  1. 14 Research Centres and Institutes
  • Australian Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AusAMRC) [18]
  • Brain Sciences Institute (BSI)
  • Business, Work and Ageing Centre for Research
  • Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures (CAIA)
  • Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (CAS)
  • Centre for Atom Optics and Ultrafast Spectroscopy
  • Centre for Complex Software Systems and Services
  • Centre for Micro-Photonics
  • Centre for Molecular Simulation
  • Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Environment and Biotechnology Centre
  • Industrial Research Institute Swinburne (IRIS)
  • Institute for Social Research
  • Swinburne Psychological, Clinical, Health and Evaluation Centre (SwinPsyCHE)
  1. 15 Research Groups
  • Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship
  • Asia-Pacific Centre for Philanthropy and Social Investment
  • Bio-S
  • Centre for Electronic Financial Services
  • Centre for Mathematical Modelling
  • Centre for New Manufacturing
  • Centre for Regional Development
  • Information Security Research (iSECURES) Laboratory
  • National Centre for Sustainability
  • Sensory Neuroscience Laboratory
  1. Notable alumni
  1. See also


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