Swinburne University of Technology



Swinburne University was founded in 1909 as a technical college, and has since evolved into a world renowned academic and research institution with a focus on emerging technologies, industry engagement, and flexible learning options. In 2018, Swinburne ranked 65th in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, and in 2019 QS World University Rankings ranked them in the world’s top 400 universities, solidifying their position as one of the top universities worldwide.

Swinburne is dedicated to producing outstanding research that is relevant and internationally recognized. They offer their research students, staff and collaborators the opportunity to participate in world-changing projects. They invest in these projects and in excellent facilities to support these research activities. Swinburne’s research and development activities focus on five key areas: future manufacturing, sustainable futures, digital frontiers, personal and societal wellbeing, and inspirational science and technology.

Through strategic investment in infrastructure and research excellence, Swinburne is now internationally recognised as a research-intensive university of world standard, committed to encouraging, supporting and investing in research and development that aspires for the highest quality.

Swinburne has a reputation for creativity and excellence in applied research, and their research innovation and collaboration with industry has resulted in the commercialization of countless new ideas, products and services. Their past success is demonstrated by an impressive record of scholarship, publication and research funding, while their ongoing commercial, government and community partnerships ensure a bright future for research at Swinburne.


Professor John Pollaers OAM became Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology in February 2019.

Professor Pollaers has had a distinguished international career in the consumer products and advanced manufacturing industries. He has been chief executive and director of major companies, including Pacific Brands and Foster’s Group Limited.

Professor Pollaers is Chairman of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council, Chairman of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee and Chair of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce for the Federal Government. He was also a member of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce.

Professor Pollaers holds an MBA from INSEAD and Macquarie University, as well as degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2018, for service to the manufacturing sector, to education, and to business

Professor John Pollaers OAM,