Swinburne College of Shandong University of Science and Technology (SDUST) has officially launched, offering high quality, tech-focussed programs in engineering and industrial design to students in China.
Swinburne University of Technology is one of only three Australian institutes to have been granted a joint institute partnership by China’s Ministry of Education in 2020, and one of two operating in the Shandong region of northern China.
Equipping students to thrive
Almost 300 students have already enrolled with Swinburne College of SDUST. They can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) (Honours), Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree with a specialisation in Robotics Mechatronics, Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a Master of Engineering.
Students will have the opportunity to graduate with two degrees – one from Swinburne and one from SDUST. The degrees will capitalise on Swinburne and SDUST’s strong relationships with industry, government and the community.
‘We are delighted to be partnering with SDUST on this exciting initiative. Our universities share a commitment to building strong partnerships with industry, government and the community. We will ensure our students can make the most of these partnerships, equipping them with the skills, experience and connections they need to thrive in a tech-rich future,’ said Swinburne’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pascale Quester.
A new chapter
SDUST recently celebrated its 70th anniversary and is considered one of the top universities in China. Earlier this year, Swinburne and SDUST established an Overseas Learning Centre at SDUST’s Jinan campus. This enabled our students who remained in China to continue their studies with Swinburne, in a supportive learning environment at the SDUST campus. This campus is also where Swinburne College is located.
Swinburne will work with SDUST to consider expanding the Swinburne College program. It is expected that the College will create benefits for staff and students at both institutions, including through joint research and guest lecturing opportunities.