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Humanitarian Engineering


This major is 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. You will explore international aid and development, and learn from experienced practitioners and industry partners about how to work in disadvantaged communities, fragile states, and communities in disaster recovery. You'll also have the opportunity to conduct local or overseas fieldwork and apply your knowledge to analyse the challenges faced by Australia's close neighbours, such as rapid urbanisation and entrenched poverty.

About this major

Graduate opportunities

Billions of dollars funnelled through engineering firms to scope, manage and execute projects such as water and sanitation, roads and bridges, housing, schools and hospitals in areas with underdeveloped infrastructure both in Australia and overseas. Large and small international organizations are involved in technological projects in remote Australian communities and developing nations which aim to improve the welfare of the local citizens. There is an increasing demand for professionals who have both technical engineering skills as well as good understanding of work across cultures in contexts with limited resources in organizations such the Department of Foreign Affairs or the Asian Development Bank as well as their partner engineering organizations such as Cardno or SMEC.

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Units of study in this major

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