Community engagement and achievements

We are working on a number of projects to improve the integration of cultural diversity across our university community. Our recent awards and achievements are also examples of Swinburne's commitment to cultural diversity.


Korean War Memorial

Swinburne's Centre for Design Innovation designed the first Korean War Memorial in Australia, with the Korean Consulate. The memorial opened in May 2019.

Achievements and awards

  • The first university in Victoria to appoint a Director of Multicultural Engagement, Mr Chin Tan.
  • Creation of the Cultural Diversity Strategic Framework.
  • Offering a suite of Welcome Scholarships that support refugee and asylum seeker students who are ineligible for government funding for higher education programs.
  • Five short films by Swinburne students and graduates were screened at the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) Film Festival as part of Cultural Diversity Week 2017. The films celebrated the theme ‘Same, same but different: Is there more that unites us than divides us?’.
  • Swinburne presented at the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) 2017 conference on 'Promoting cultural diversity in the tertiary education sector: are we achieving anything?'.
  • The 'Welcome Tree' was planted in 2017 as a symbol of our ongoing commitment and support to our migrant community.
  • Development of the Bridging with Books program, bringing together VCAL students and Migrant Education students at the university’s Croydon campus.
  • Participated in Richmond FC's 'Many Cultures Festival' event, in July 2019. Three Swinburne International students were selected to participate - learn more about their experience.
  • Celebrate Cultral Diversity Week 2019 with a number of events, such as Swinburne World Kitchen.