Swinburne University of Technology is an Australian dual sector university based in Melbourne.
Swinburne University of Technology is an Australian dual sector university based in Melbourne. Previously the Swinburne Institute of Technology, it achieved university status in June 1992. Swinburne offers both technical (TAFE) and higher education qualifications. Richard Pratt was Swinburne's Foundation Chancellor from December 1992 to April 2000 and worked closely with the Foundation Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Wallace.
For most of his period as Chancellor, Richard Pratt donated $1 million annually, through Visy and The Pratt Foundation, to research and development projects at the university. He also led the university’s construction and development program, which helped to raise funds for special projects such as the National Institute of Circus Arts, and funded two international trips for the members of Swinburne University Council and the university’s research leaders to visit leading universities of technology in North America, Asia and Europe.
- 1993: Richard Pratt is inaugurated as the Foundation Chancellor.
- 2000: On stepping down as Chancellor, Richard Pratt received an honorary doctorate of the university.
- 2001: Jeanne Pratt awarded an honorary PhD for her philanthropy and services to the arts.
- 2001: The Pratt Foundation provides a two-year grant of $100,000 to Swinburne’s Foresight Institute.
- 2001: The Pratt Foundation commits $210,000 as seed funding for the Asia-Pacific Centre for Philanthropy and Social Investment.
Pratt Philanthropies aims to be more strategic and pro-active in our areas of interest and which aims to achieve our mission -- "To enrich the lives of our communities".