Humanitarian Engineering Summit

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New Major in 2017

In 2017, we are launching a new major in Humanitarian Engineering – the first of its kind in Australia. It will help you develop the crucial skills to plan, implement and maintain infrastructure in rural Australian areas and developing countries. Stay tuned for more information coming October 2016.

December 2016

This summer, in collaboration with Engineers Without Borders (EWB), join us for a two week fieldwork experience in India. You will develop your understanding of the power of humanitarian engineering first-hand while examining circumstances of the local community and designing adequate engineering responses.

The fieldwork is the main component of the Unit of Study – CIVL5330: Global Engineering Fieldwork. The credit obtained from this unit will count towards your degree and our new Humanitarian Engineering major (launching in 2017), as well as the practical experience component of your degree (*subject to approval for other Schools besides Civil Engineering).

About the program

During the Design Summit, you will work closely with EWB staff, gain exposure to a variety of community development models and learn about the role of local engineers and organisations, as well as ethical decision-making.

The Summit also includes visits to historic cultural sites and a series of educational workshops that will prepare you for your design project in collaboration with local communities, covering:

  • Introduction to development & community engagement
  • Indian culture and language
  • Appropriate technology for community development

Dates: 5 - 18 December 2016
Location: Dang District, Gujurat, India
Cost: $3,500 (plus HECS/tuition enrolling into CIVL5330)
Scholarships: Twenty (20) New Colombo Plan (NCP) mobility grants will be available to eligible undergraduate students who satisfy the NCP criteria (value $3,000).
OS - Help loans: These are available for the unit to a value of either $2500 or $5000 for eligible students (loan value depends on other grants awarded) - details here

Application deadline: 24 August 2016

To apply, please email Rei Yamagishi by 24 August 2016, and include:

  • Your name
  • Student ID
  • Statement of no more than 300 words outlining your interest in the fieldwork, as well as a summary of your extracurricular activities related to the fieldwork and the expected outcomes of the placement.
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