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Total enrollment
20,864 (2013)



+61 3 9214 8000

George Swinburne

Linda Kristjanson

Factum per Litteras (Latin)

Motto in English
"Achievement through learning"

1908 (University status 1992)

John St, Hawthorn VIC 3122, Australia

Undergraduate tuition and fees
Local tuition: 8,768 AUD (2015), International tuition: 25,282 AUD (2015)

Notable alumni
Richard Lowenstein, Houman Younessi, Andrew Dominik, Mark Beretta, Gillian Armstrong

RMIT University, La Trobe University, Deakin University, Monash University, University of Melbourne


Swinburne university of technology melbourne australia introducing hawthorn campus

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. Its main campus is located in Hawthorn, a suburb of Melbourne which is located 7.5 km from the Melbourne central business district.


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.

In 2016, Swinburne was ranked as the 74th top university in the world under 50 years old by Times Higher Education in their top 150 universities under 50 years old ranking. It is 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 in Australia and the world.


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.

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), 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.

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

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

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 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.


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

Sarawak, Malaysia

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

Swinburne Online

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


Swinburne is ranked 159th (sixth in Australia) in the CWTS Leiden ranking.

Internationally, Swinburne is ranked 401-500 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015 and the 351-400 by the 2015-16 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 501-550 by the 2015 QS World University Rankings.

Swinburne also is ranked 76-100 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 by the 2013 QS World University Rankings.

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.

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.

Notable alumni

  • Andrew Dominik: film director. Chopper (2000), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), Killing Them Softly (2012), and the documentary One More Time with Feeling (2016).
  • Mark Hartley: film director, Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)
  • Richard Lowenstein: film director, "Autoluminescent" (documentary film on the life of Rowland S. Howard; 2011), He Died With A Felafel In His Hand (2001), Dogs In Space (1986), "Strikebound" (1984)
  • L. Scott Pendlebury (1914–1986): landscape and portrait artist; instructor (1946–1963), head of art school (1963–1974) at Swinburne Technical College
  • References

    Swinburne University of Technology Wikipedia

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