Why Choose Swinburne?

Swinburne University of Technology has a long and proud heritage as an Australian university with over 150,000 graduates globally since it’s first class in 1909. For over a century, Swinburne has committed to innovative education, strong industry engagement and social inclusion.

Our standing in prestigious world academic ranking lists reflects our commitment to high-quality teaching and learning and graduate outcomes. 

  • In 2018, Swinburne has once again ranked in the Young University Rankings, being placed at number 65 out of 250 institutions. The Young University Rankings recognise the world’s top universities under 50 years old.
  • Swinburne was also ranked among the world’s top 400 universities by the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
  • The 2019 QS World University Rankings ranked Swinburne in the world’s top 400 universities, placing us in the top three per cent of universities worldwide.
  • Swinburne was ranked one of the world’s top 400 universites by the prestigious 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). 
  • Swinburne achieved a ranking of 133 from the ARWU in the field of civil engineering. 

With campuses in Melbourne (Australia) and Kuching (Malaysia), Swinburne is a young and bold university with an international reputation for quality research that connects science and technology with business and the community.

The Malaysian campus in Kuching was launched in 2000 and is a leading Australian university in Malaysia which offers students a superior option for return on investment. The attractive fees are the result of the university’s partnership with the Sarawak State Government and a focus on financial sustainability versus high profits.

As a branch campus, students at the Malaysian campus receive the same high-quality education through undifferentiated courses and equal academic standards as the Melbourne campus. The graduation testamurs are identical to graduates at the Melbourne campus, offering a truly international education in Malaysia for students who with global career aspirations.

Students at the Malaysian campus may opt to spend a semester at the Melbourne campus through the International Student Exchange Program or complete their degree at the Melbourne campus via flexible transfer options after completing their Foundation or Degree years 1, 2 or 3 depending on the length of their degree course. Double degrees are available. 

Producing career-ready graduates determines what we teach and how we teach it. Our commitment to graduate employability is what makes Swinburne the educational leader in business, engineering, computing, design and science.

Based on the latest graduate survey, Business and Engineering graduates reported up to a 100% employment rate within 6 months of graduation and the overall employment rate within 6 months came in at a high 94%.

We can help you to reach your study and career goals through a wide range of courses and pathways. You’ll receive individual attention and attend small, manageable classes while enjoying an exciting and dynamic study experience.

Outstanding rankings

Swinburne’s Malaysian campus is rated Tier 5: Excellent in the Malaysian Qualifications Agency’s Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institution 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2017. The Malaysian campus is part of the select few, premier universities accorded self-accreditation status by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency since 2010.

Swinburne’s position as a world-class university was recognised in the 2016 Times Higher Education’s Top 100 Most international universities rankings. Alongside Swinburne’s second consecutive appearance in the 2015 QS Top 100 Under 50, these rankings reinforce Swinburne as a university with a depth of expertise in teaching and research, both in Australia and internationally.

Swinburne was also ranked one of the world’s top 500 universities by the prestigious 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Swinburne achieved a top 75 ranking in the ARWU in the field of civil engineering and has ranked in the top 200 institutions in the world in science. 

Swinburne has been named one of the world’s top 400 universities by the Times Higher Education University World Rankings 2016-2017. In 2016, Swinburne was again ranked in the Times Higher Education Top 100 Under 50 Rankings, an index of the world’s top universities under the age of 50.

Swinburne has also been recognised as having one of the best design schools in the world by the 2016 QS World Rankings of Universities by Subject. The university was one of only three institutions in Melbourne to be listed in the top 50 for the Art and Design subject area.

City campus with cutting-edge facilities 

The Malaysian campus is located in the heart of Kuching, Sarawak and is a mere 10 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes to the city-centre. Kuching is the capital of Sarawak, the largest state in Malaysia and is well connected through daily direct flights from the nation’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, including major cities such as Penang, Johor Bharu, and Kota Kinabalu.

Situated on 16.5 acres of land and surrounded by a hospital, three modern shopping malls, commercial and housing areas and public amenities, student life at Swinburne’s Malaysian campus is conducive to studies, convenient and safe. The low cost of living in Kuching compared to other cities in Malaysia, friendly English speaking locals and wide variety of food makes it attractive to students from over 50 countries. 

The modern campus provides facilities which enhance the overall student experience. We do this by offering our students access to a library that seats 700 and a large selection of leading, online resources and learning materials, a 350-seat lecture theatre, 44 computer and science laboratories including two 24-hour computer labs, 46 research and engineering workshops and 93 lecture halls and tutorial rooms.

With on-campus accommodation options, high-speed WiFi and a wide selection of food and beverages coupled with over 50 student clubs and sports facilities which include a gym, basketball, badminton, soccer, table-tennis and more, there is something for every student to get involved in besides the pursuit of academic excellence.

Industry-engaged teaching

Swinburne’s aim is to get you career ready.

You will learn from experienced academics who remain connected to their industries. Make contacts, receive valuable career advice and become immediately competitive in the global job market through our partnerships with top employers, government agencies and recruitment specialists like Jobstreet.com.

Our courses are well recognised by professional organisations. We have close ties with industry and provide invaluable work experience. Industry representatives shape our curriculum, providing guest presenters, team projects and six- to 12-month paid placements in our Industry-Based Learning programs.

All of these experiences empower you with a greater chance of employment – even before you graduate.

International study options

Undergraduates at the Malaysian campus have the opportunity to spend a semester at our Melbourne campus through the International Student Exchange Program.

Students can also choose to apply for a transfer to our Melbourne campus after a minimum of one year of study, subject to meeting the appropriate criteria.

Students may also choose to complete part of their studies as an exchange student with our partner universities in Germany, South Korea and the US.

Accessible and flexible study options

At Swinburne, there’s a course and a pathway for everyone. Choose from a range of study options to get to where you want to go.

Tailor an undergraduate degree to suit your interests. Or take that next step in your career with a postgraduate coursework program.

To make studying accessible, Swinburne offers scholarships to commencing and current students.