For students interested in humanitarian engineering, the Research School of Engineering's partner organisation Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is running a number of overseas Humanitarian Design Summits during 2015/16. These are two week immersive ‘in country’ summits aimed at engineering and design students, providing a development education experience to learn about engineering, design and humanitarian projects. Students undertake village stays and conduct appropriate technology designs in collaborations with partner groups. Upcoming summits are Cambodia (July 2015 and January 2016), Nepal (July 2015) and India (December 2015).
Under the Australian Government AsiaBound and New Colombo Plan grant schemes, ANU has secured a number of grants of between AUD $2,000 and $2,700 for Australian citizen and permanent resident students (AsiaBound) and Australian citizen (New Colombo Plan) students to support their costs of the Cambodian summits. Students are also able to apply for OS-HELP funding to support the summits in Cambodia, Nepal and India.
The Humanitarian Design Summits allow students to experience the application of systems engineering and their studies to work and organisations in developing communities. These experiences build on ENGN2225/6 and relate to final year engineering projects such as ENGN4200 and ENGN4221.
Further details of the summits are available at www.ewb.org.au/designsummit.