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 Honorable 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. Today, Swinburne operates five campuses in two countries and has an enrolment of 60,000 students across vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
In addition to its main Hawthorn campus, Swinburne has campuses in the Melbourne metropolitan area at Prahran, Wantirna and Croydon. Swinburne also has a branch campus in Sarawak, Malaysia which it has operated in partnership with the Sarawak State Government since 2000.
The university is currently completing construction of a major new building, the Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre, at its Hawthorn campus. Originally named the Advanced Manufacturing Centre and part-funded by a $40 million Federal Government grant, its name was changed to the Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre following the decision to relocate Swinburne's Faculty of Design to Hawthorn.
Swinburne comprises three "super faculties", each of which conducts both teaching and research.
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 centers.
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 centers.
Business and Enterprise
The Faculty of Business and Enterprise comprises the Swinburne Business School and associated research centers.
Swinburne University has more than 15,110 undergraduate students and 3293 postgraduate students. The academic and admin staff is above 2000.
Internationally, Swinburne is ranked among the top 400 universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and in the top 500 universities in the world by the 2013 QS World University Rankings.
Swinburne also is ranked 76-100 in the world in the field of physics by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.
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.
Swinburne was a pioneer of Industry-Based Learning in Australia, with the first program offered to undergraduate engineering students in 1963.
Over the years these strong links with industry have spread to all the disciplines taught by Swinburne, and are reflected through our highly-relevant courses. That means postgraduate students graduate with both advanced theoretical knowledge and the skills that employers are seeking.
In fact, many Swinburne postgraduate students will have an opportunity to undertake supervised project work, addressing key issues in a real world environment, or to work on projects with their own employers. Industry representatives sit on our course advisory boards, ensuring curriculum anticipates the future needs of industry so we can help develop work-ready graduates.