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Grants help students benefit developing communities

By Leanne Miles

Engineers Without Borders Jenny Turner and Engineering lecturer Mike Miloshis are encouraging students to apply for an intensive study tour to India Engineers Without Borders Jenny Turner and Engineering lecturer Mike Miloshis are encouraging students to apply for an intensive study tour to India

Students will have the opportunity to travel to India to attend the Humanitarian Design Summit after the announcement of the 2015 Federal Government Colombo Plan Mobility Program funding offers.

Charles Darwin University Design and Innovation students can apply to attend the summit, which is run by non-profit organisation Engineers Without Borders (EWB), later this year.

Engineering lecturer Mike Miloshis said the $33,000 grant would assist 10 students to travel to India for the intensive study tour.

“This will give students the opportunity to gain valuable experience and also contribute to real design projects that will have direct benefits to the community,” Mr Miloshis said.

Over the course of the design summit students will undertake a team design project in conjunction with Indian community partners.

“Students will undergo a series of workshops with EWB mentors and meet with communities to learn about community development, appropriate technology and humanitarian engineering,” he said.

“This experience will give students the opportunity to work directly with local industry professionals and communities to assess their needs and various cultural aspects before formulating an appropriate design. These designs could range from aiding transportation, to improving energy efficiency, water sanitation, infrastructure or aquaculture.”

Mr Miloshis said it would also give students the opportunity to meet and work with other students from around Australia and gain credit towards their degree.

“CDU students will work in teams of students from around Australia on their design project, before presenting a report for assessment gaining them credit towards their undergraduate degree,” he said. “This is the first time in Australia that students will be able to gain credit towards the unit as part of an EWB design summit.”

The Humanitarian Design Summit provides an opportunity for students to develop a deeper understanding of the role engineering and technology play in creating positive change within communities.

The project aims to challenge students to call on the skills and knowledge they have learned while studying at university and apply them within an Indian community context, developing their humanitarian engineering skills.

Gaining the New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant was a joint effort between EWB, the School of Engineering and Information Technology and the Office of International Services. The grants are available to CDU students undertaking CUC 106 Design and Innovation as part of Summer Semester. For more information contact E: mike.miloshis@cdu.edu.au or go to W: www.cdu.edu.au/global-mobility/outbound