Swinburne celebrates 30 years as a university
30 years ago, we officially started building a better today
On 1 July 1992, Swinburne officially gained university status when we were proclaimed Swinburne University of Technology. But we’ve been providing the transformative power of education since way before that. In 1908, George and Ethel Swinburne founded us. Swinburne was built on equality, fairness and the bold vision for a better tomorrow.
In 2022, Swinburne celebrates 30 years as a university. We’re 30 years young. And proud of it. So, blow out the candles, turn up the music, and take a deep dive of discovery into our vibrant past, present and future.
30 years of people and technology working together to build a better world
30 years young
Stories for a brighter tomorrow
Discover stories of tech innovators, creators, entrepreneurs and activists.
Creator | 30 years young
Swinburne Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) (Honours) graduate and emerging artist Nathan Nankervis is making art to make people think and smile.
Entrepreneur | 30 years young
Swinburne alum Jacqueline Savage is the founder of Medcorp Technologies, a revolutionary medical technology company.
Activist | 30 years young
Dr Andrew Peters
Swinburne staff member Dr Andrew Peters is a driving force in Indigenous and reconciliation areas.
Interactive timeline of innovation at Swinburne
To celebrate 30 Years Young, Nature Research Custom Media, the commercial partnership wing of the renowned international scientific journal Nature, has created a timeline to celebrate 30 years of innovation at Swinburne.
From the archives
Immerse yourself in the images that tell the story of our history and vision for the future. Plus, Swinburne staff get unlimited access to the archives.
30 years of engaging with Indigenous and reconciliation matters
Swinburne has built significant relationships for more than thirty years with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. We have a demonstrated long-standing commitment to genuinely engaging with communities and organisations to increase higher education and vocational education access, participation and achievement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
In the past six years, we have also developed a strong history of national academic and industry leadership in reconciliation. We were the first university to attain an Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and are currently on our second Elevate RAP. We co-organised the inaugural National RAP Conference and recently launched Australia’s first National Centre for Reconciliation Practice.
Discover more about the Moondani Toombadool Centre and the National Centre for Reconciliation Practice, which engage with Indigenous matters and reconciliation respectively at Swinburne.