Swinburne University of Technology

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Swinburne University of Technology
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Motto Achievement through learning[1]
Established 1908[2] (University status 1992)
Type Public
Chancellor Graham Goldsmith
Vice-Chancellor Linda Kristjanson
Students 20,864[3]
Undergraduates 17,805
Postgraduates 2,320
739
Other students
9,673
Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Campus Urban
Affiliations Universities Australia, OUA, ASAIHL, Engineers Australia,[4] NICTA,[5] Apple University Consortium,[6] Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy[7]
Website www.swinburne.edu.au

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.[8]

Swinburne runs five campuses; in total, Swinburne has 60,000 students.[9]

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.[10]

History

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.[11]

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),[12] 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.[13]

In 1999, Swinburne established the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA).[14]

In 2000, the university opened a campus in Sarawak, Malaysia, as a partnership between the university and the Sarawak State Government.[15]

In February 2011, the university opened the Advanced Technologies Centre,[16] a 22,000 square metre building of modern architectural design at its Hawthorn campus,[17] known locally as "the cheese grater building".[18]

Following a series of funding cuts announced by the Victorian Government to vocational education in May 2012,[19] Swinburne announced that it would close its Lilydale and Prahran campuses.[20] Lilydale campus officially closed on 1 July 2013.[21] 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.[22]

Academic

Rankings

Rankings
ARWU[23]
(2015, world)
301-400
QS[24]
(2015/16, world)
481-490
THE[25]
(2015/16, world)
351-400

Internationally, Swinburne is ranked 301-400 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities[26] and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings[27] and 351-500 by the 2013 QS World University Rankings.[28]

Swinburne also is ranked 76-100 in the field of physics by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.[29]

The university's computer science and information technology, sociology, psychology, and communications and media subjects were ranked 151-200 by the 2013 QS World University Rankings.[30]

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.[31]

Campuses

Hawthorn

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

Wantirna

Wantirna is a TAFE-specific campus.[32] The campus also offers courses in areas including health and community services, visual arts, business and accounting.[33]

Croydon

The university's Croydon campus is a TAFE-specific campus, with a focus on training in trades such as building, carpentry, electrical and plumbing.[34]

Prahran

While Swinburne no longer operates at the Prahran campus, the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) continues to be based there.[35]

Sarawak, Malaysia

The Sarawak campus is located in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.[36]

Swinburne Online

The university's joint venture with SEEK Limited led to the creation of Swinburne Online in 2011.[37]

Architecture

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.[38]

Notable alumni

See also

References

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