The EWB Challenge Series is delivered by Engineers Without Borders Australia in collaborations with our partner organisations across the world. Community-identified project briefs, supporting resources, and live stakeholder engagement opportunities present a clear pathway for students to develop future-fit professional skills and personal engineering vision. These flexible programs support the tertiary sector in the delivery of curriculum-integrated and career-relevant applications to theoretical study.
The comprehensive resources provided by EWB support students’ understanding of clients’ needs and their design of human-centred solutions, while allowing me the time to scaffold student learning in the design process and associated professional practice. Introductory talks from visiting EWB staff and the Discussion Forum managed by people who have been on the ground with the communities inspire my students and make the Challenge real.”
EWB Challenge Academic, University of Adelaide
The most powerful effect on students is that it allows them to connect engineering theory to how engineering can be used to help people and communities. Instead of focusing on abstract theories and concepts, they see how their knowledge can have an impact on people.”
Academic and Research Engineer, Australian National University
The EWB Challenge as whole has opened our eyes to humanitarian engineering and the positive impacts it can have on communities. We have been challenged to step outside of our own culture and create a design solution that would be viable in a different community to our own.
Charles Sturt University team
EWB Challenge 2016 Showcase award winner
Over 15 Years of Engineering Education
The EWB Challenge Series is embedded into the curriculum of universities across Australia and New Zealand. The EWB Australia team closely collaborates with university academics as well as course tutors, faculty, and students, to ensure education offerings are valuable, exciting, and readily adapted to suit a variety of course structures. EWB Australia engages with universities through strategic university partnerships, university partnerships, and program delivery partnerships based on the depth and breadth of activities.
At EWB Australia we know long-term community partnerships are vital for the development of equitable, sustainable, and scalable solutions to complex sustainable development challenges. The EWB Challenge Series strongly integrates and aligns with EWB’s community and technology development work across Australia, Southeast Asia, and other regions.
Since the EWB Challenge was piloted with universities in 2007, EWB Australia’s engineering education programs have engaged with more that 100,000 students at all levels of a degree. Students have been presented unique opportunities to explore and develop broad professional engineering skills through engaging with authentic, real-world project briefs with the potential to lead to positive community impact.
EWB Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them, their cultures and their land; to Elders both past and present; and to emerging leaders. We recognise that the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people never ceded sovereignty of what we call Australia.