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Our History

  • 1908

    George Swinburne Establishes Technical College

    Former Mayor of Hawthorn and Parliament member George Swinburne establishes the Eastern Technical College, to serve those in Melbourne without access to further education.

  • 1909

    First Classes Commence

    First classes begin in carpentry, plumbing and blacksmithing.

  • 1913

    Swinburne Technical College

    Renamed Swinburne Technical College to commemorate founder George Swinburne, and his principles of students-focused learning, equal opportunity and industry engagement.

  • 1960

    International Classes

    Swinburne enters the international education market with the first courses catering to overseas students.

  • 1963

    Industry Based Learning

    The Industry-Based Learning program commences. The program, which still runs today, is one of the first of it's kind in Australia and is aimed at helping students transition into the workplace.

  • 1981

    First Bachelor Degree Granted

    In the wake of new Victorian tertiary laws, Swinburne Council is given the power to grant Bachelor degrees. The first is awarded at a conferring ceremony in May.

  • 1992

    Swinburne University of Technology

    Swinburne gains university status and is proclaimed Swinburne University of Technology in July, marking a new period of growth and innovation.

  • 2000

    International Campus

    The first international campus opens in Sarawak, Malaysia.

  • 2011

    Swinburne Online

    Swinburne Online is launched - a partnership between Swinburne University of Technology and SEEK.

  • 2012

    Top 3% World University

    Named as one of the world's top 400 Universities by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.