Humanitarian Engineering Summit

Engineering in India 2017

New Major in 2017 - Humanitarian Engineering

‘Humanitarian Engineering is the application of engineering to meet the needs of communities globally; while maintaining a focus on sustainability and appropriateness’

Humanitarian engineers are skilled engineers from all disciplines, that apply their skills and knowledge to challenges present in:

  • Developing countries
  • During all stages of disasters
  • Indigenous communities
  • Improving sustainability globally.

The Humanitarian Engineering major is open to all undergraduate engineering streams. The major is delivered in the 3rd and 4th year of the degree, where students are taught how to apply their core engineering skills to complex humanitarian engineering problems.  The major is taught through case studies, guest seminars and fieldwork experiences.

This major forms the foundation for a career in Humanitarian Engineering in public, private or not for profit sectors. This course develops core skills in multi-disciplinary team work and cross-cultural competence. All highly valuable graduate attributes to any employer.

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Unit of Study - CIVL5330: Global Engineering Fieldwork – Design Summit

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). During the Global Engineering Fieldwork, you will work closely partner organisations, 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 fieldwork 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, culture and language and appropriate technology for community development.

Dates: 4 – 17 December 2017

Location: Gujarat, India

Cost: International flights to India, plus HECS/tuition enrolling into CIVL5330

Scholarships: Thirty (30) New Colombo Plan (NCP) mobility grants are 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

Applications now open: CIVL5330 Fieldwork Application India December 2017

Applications close Friday, September 8.


Want to learn more about our Design Summits?

In December 2016 in collaboration with EWB we held out first Design Summit in India. 19 University of Sydney students travelled to the Dang District, Gujarat, India.

If you are interested in the CIVL5330 Fieldwork in India, click here to view student experiences in India.

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