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Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a global movement made up of many independent EWB organisations around the globe. The movement’s key objective is to remove barriers to engineering to alleviate poverty in countries across the world. Each organisation is independent but collaboration is key to the impact of the EWB movement and that is why EWB Australia and EWB New Zealand have partnered to deliver the EWB Challenge. You can find out more about the work of EWB Australia  and EWB New Zealand by visiting their respective websites and about EWBs across the world by visiting the EWB International website.



The EWB Challenge

The EWB Challenge is a design program for primary year university students coordinated by the EWB Challenge team and delivered in partnership with universities across Australia and New Zealand. It provides students with the opportunity to learn about design, teamwork and communication through real, inspiring, sustainable cross-cultural development projects. By participating in the EWB Challenge students are presented with a fantastic opportunity to design creative solutions to real world problems.

Each year, the EWB Challenge design brief is based on a set of sustainable development projects identified by EWB with its community-based partner organisations. In previous years, the EWB Challenge has included developing innovative sustainable project ideas and solutions to support communities in India, Nepal, Cambodia, rural Australia, Vietnam, Timor Leste and more.

The EWB Challenge is open to students undertaking a university course registered with the EWB Challenge. The course may run in Semester One or Semester Two. Students studying in the disciplines of engineering, architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, science, business social science are all encouraged to participate.

Aims and Objectives

Engineers Without Borders is working toward the goal of a transformed engineering sector where every engineer has the skills, knowledge, experience, and attitude to contribute to sustainable community development and poverty alleviation.

The EWB Challenge program aims to contribute to this broader goal by working at the university level to enable change within the engineering curriculum. The program is helping to shape future engineers by working to the following objectives:

  • introduce primary year university students to concepts of humanitarian engineering through working on real-world projects
  • empower university students to gain an increased awareness of the role of engineers in poverty alleviationand their individual responsibility as global citizens
  • support EWB community-based partner organisations through providing access to student design ideas, and by supporting them to share knowledge and resources with universities internationally

Where 'humanitarian engineering' refers to a people-centred, strengths-based approach to improve community health, well-being, and opportunity.