Swinburne University of Technology (often simply called Swinburne) is a publicresearch university based in Melbourne, Australia. 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. Its main campus is located in Hawthorn, a suburb of Melbourne which is located 7.5 km from the Melbourne central business district.
In the 2022 QS World University Rankings, Swinburne placed 19th in Australia and moved up 50 places to 321st globally.
In the 2020 Student Experience Survey, Swinburne was ranked equal 1st place in Victoria for the ’entire education experience’ for undergraduate students, with an overall satisfaction rate of 80 per cent.
The Old Administration Building (1908)
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 from Hawthorn College to Swinburne Technical College. It later became known as the Swinburne Institute of Technology.
In the late 1980s, the Outer Eastern University Planning Council advocated for a new university to be established in outer eastern Melbourne. The area had the second lowest university participation rate in Melbourne, after the Mornington Peninsula. Partially in response to this advocacy, in 1990 Swinburne established it's "Eastern Campus" in Mooroolbark (sometimes described as Lilydale), on the site of the recently closed MDA Grammar School. However, students could not attend until 1992 due to council planning negotiation, and the campus was officially opened on 6 April 1992. By 1993, it was known as the "Mooroolbark Campus".
The Dawkins reforms to Australian higher education in the early 1990s lead to many tertiary colleges being merged or split-up, and many given university status.
Swinburne attained university status on 1 July 1992 with the passage of the Swinburne University of Technology Act.
Swinburne Technical College (1940s)
In 1997, Swinburne opened a campus at Lilydale, replacing it's nearby one at Mooroolbark. In 1998, it merged with the Outer East Institute of TAFE and began operating from campuses at Croydon and Wantirna.
In 2000, the university opened a campus in Sarawak, Malaysia, as a partnership between the university and the Sarawak State Government.
In 2008, it collaborated with two other universities in forming The Centre for Social Impact. In February 2011, the university opened the Advanced Technologies Centre, a 22,000 square metre building of modern architectural design at its Hawthorn campus, known locally as "the cheese grater building".
Following a series of funding cuts announced by the Victorian Government to vocational education in May 2012, Swinburne announced that it would close its Lilydale and Prahran campuses. Lilydale campus officially closed on 1 July 2013. The university sold its Prahran campus to the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE in 2014. The Lilydale campus was taken over by Box Hill Institute in 2016.
In 2015, Swinburne launched its law school. Through a partnership with Leo Cussen Centre for Law, Swinburne Law School is the only law school in Victoria accredited by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB) to enable students to accelerate their admission to legal practice by completing their practical legal training during the final year of their studies.
Daryl Jackson's Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (2001), Hawthorn
The George Swinburne Building, also known as "The George" (2011), Hawthorn
The Hawthorn campus is Swinburne's main campus. It hosts a range of vocational, undergraduate, and postgraduate programs.
Wantirna is a TAFE-specific campus. The campus also offers courses in areas including health and community services, visual arts, business and accounting.
The university's Croydon campus is a TAFE-specific campus, with a focus on training in trades such as building, carpentry, electrical and plumbing.
The Parramatta campus is quite small and located in a public library building as a tenant. It has connections to Sydney's bus, tram, metro and train networks as well as having a large taxi rink attached to the building.
Swinburne Online is the online arm of the university. Swinburne Online was founded in 2011 after a 50-50 joint venture between Swinburne University of Technology and SEEK Learning seeking to capitalise on increasing demand for off-campus education.
Swinburne Online was originally created under the name Swinburne Direct, with an initial $10 million investment. It was formed to maximise the Australian Government's decision to lift caps on Commonwealth-supported university places from 2012, a policy which intended to increase the number of 25- to 34-year-olds with bachelor's degrees to 40 per cent by 2025.
Swinburne Online originally provided higher education degrees at both bachelor and masters level. As of April 2015, it offered over twenty courses in business, communication, design, education, and social science. However, as of September 2015, Swinburne Online has begun offering vocational education.
In April 2015, CEO Denice Pitt expressed a public desire to expand internationally to offer degrees to international students.
In 2014 Swinburne Online was ranked fourth in Australia's 100 fastest growing companies. Its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation grew by 48% to $29.8 million in 2014–15.
The Centre for Social Impact Swinburne (CSI Swin), established in 2014, is (was?) in the Faculty of Business and Law. It is part of the national network that also includes the University of New South Wales and the University of Western Australia. There are many other research centres, including the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, the Centre for Mental Health, and the Centre for Human Psychoppharmacology.
Swinburne is internationally recognized
for the output from international partnership research. Swinburne performed fairly well in the 2020 Global Nature Index ranking, especially when compared with universities in the Asia-Pacific region. According to the CWTS Leiden rankings in 2020, Swinburne ranked 2nd in the world for Mathematics and Computer Science. Swinburne ranked 10th in Australia in the 2020-2021 European Commission-sponsored global U-Multirank ranking, behind Australian National University.
Swinburne's consistent research and innovation outputs
are presented in the updated Swinburne Research Impact Magazine and Swinburne is also renowned for producing favorable academic-industry partnership.
Swinburne also performed well in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 with Swinburne ranked in the top 200 for Engineering & technology, top 250 for Computer Science and Physical Sciences. Social Sciences ranked 301-400th, Business & Economics ranked 401-500th and Clinical, pre-clinical & health positioned at 501-600th in 2021. In 2021, Swinburne has improved in the subject areas of physical sciences, business and economics, computer sciences and engineering and technology in the Times Ranking.
Swinburne Business School is a Member of The Centre for Social Impact. Swinburne has won the 2019 Australian Business Award on Business Innovation  of the World Business Awards. Swinburne 's Faculty of Business and Law (Swinburne Business School) ranked in the top 25% Economists and Institutions in Australia and 272nd Business School in the world as of October 2019. Australia's only Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE) is located in Swinburne. Swinburne Business School issues the quarterly Australian Leadership Index. Swinburne ranked 351-400th in the Business & Management Studies in 2019 by QS World University Rankings, 301-400th
in Business and Economics in the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and Business Administration ranked 201-300th by Shanghai Ranking in 2019. There were four Swinburne Master programs that ranked in top 200 worldwide by Eduniversal in 2019. Swinburne's online MBA ranked in the top 35（Tier One）internationally by the CEO Magazine 2019 ranking. Swinburne is affiliated with Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative and accredited by AACSB and Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).
Students on campus
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.
^"Education Malaysia website". Government of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 27 January 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
^"Swinburne University | Sydney, Australia". www.swinburne.edu.au.
^The operation of the Hawthorn College, a private institution founded by George Swinburne, MLA in 1908 – also known as the Eastern Suburbs Technical College, Glenferrie — was taken over by the State government in 1913, and the institution was renamed the Swinburne Technical College: Technical Education: The Hawthorn College: State Control, The Herald, (Tuesday, 29 October 1912), p.1.