Established as a university in 1992, Swinburne is a world-class, multidisciplinary institution leading the way in science, technology, business, design and innovation. The university’s strengths build on its history as a technical training institute established over 100 years ago.
Swinburne has an agile and forward-thinking understanding of global business and government priorities which means it responds effectively to the changing needs of industry and the external environment. The university provides students with access to high-quality teaching, exposure to high-impact global research, and active engagement with both industry and the community. Swinburne is also a pioneer in making education opportunities accessible to a wider audience through providing a broad range of degree programs in a fully online format.
Much of Swinburne's research is concentrated in its specialist centres which are noted for their industry and institutional links, community service and multi-disciplinary approach. Graduates are widely recognised for the contribution they are making to Australian and international industry, business and society through the solving of important practical problems by applied, interdisciplinary research. These people bear testament to Swinburne’s standards of excellence and ensure the continuation of its proud tradition.
Just 10 minutes from the centre of Melbourne, the Hawthorn campus is Swinburne’s main campus and the hub of its teaching, research and development activities. Located in one of the city’s most attractive inner suburbs, the campus offers a desirable student lifestyle and students can choose from an on-campus residential college or independent apartment options. Swinburne maintains two additional campuses in other Melbourne suburbs, and established Swinburne University of Technology (Sarawak campus) Malaysia in 2000 as its Asian hub.
Swinburne invests heavily in providing students and researchers with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Significant recent developments include the $100 million Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (AMDC) and the $140 million Advanced Technologies Centre (ATC) at the Hawthorn campus. The ATC houses leading-edge research facilities including the Smart Structures Laboratory, the first of its kind in Australia.
To further support advanced research projects, Swinburne has become the first non-American university with guaranteed access to the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. This advanced facility is home to the world’s most powerful optical and infrared telescopes: the twin Keck instruments.
A truly international university, Swinburne has developed successful relationships with universities around the world and Swinburne’s exchange arrangements with more than 100 international partner institutions provide opportunity for students to broaden their horizons and immerse themselves in another culture. Alternatively, students have the option to internationalise their course through a short-term study abroad program or dual-master program with Northeastern University, USA.
In a world where most students believe they will work in jobs which don’t yet exist, Swinburne is preparing students to confidently face their future in the world as it will become by ensuring they have the skills to constantly adapt in a fast changing and uncertain world.