Swinburne University of Technology recently hosted the third meeting of the Australian Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE) at its Hawthorn campus in Melbourne, Australia.
Membership of the MCTEE comprises Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers with responsibility for tertiary education and employment. It is chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard MP, and considered the key decision-making body for Australia's tertiary education and employment system.
Swinburne Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Young said the university was delighted to host such an important meeting. "We will be briefing Julia Gillard on the $250 million investment we have made in a number of exciting building and development projects currently under construction - in particular the $100 million Advanced Technologies Centre which will be completed next year and provide state-of-the-art research and teaching spaces," he said.
Swinburne was founded by the Honorable George Swinburne in 1908. Since, it has grown to around 30,000 students and 2,200 staff and has five campuses in Melbourne and one in Sarawak, East Malaysia. Overseas students began studying at Swinburne in the 1950s. Today, the university is home to nearly 7,000 international students from more than 80 different countries. As such, Swinburne has consistently been ranked as the best university in Melbourne for cultural diversity by the Good Universities Guide. The Guide has also named Swinburne as one of the top universities in Australia for teaching quality and graduate satisfaction.
As a dual-sector institution, Swinburne offers both TAFE courses and university degrees in areas including engineering, information technology, design, business and hospitality. Its programmes are designed to expose students to real world learning situations and prepare them for life after graduation. Swinburne recently entered the prestigious Shanghai Jiaotong university rankings for the first time, making it the first dual-sector university in Australia to be named amongst the top universities in the world. On top of this accolade, Swinburne was listed in the world's top universities according to the Times Higher Education QS World University Rankings.
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