Engineering should be at the heart of addressing the global challenges of the 21st century.
Our award-winning Engineering for People Design Challenge prepares students, the engineers of the future, to become globally responsible engineers.
Embedded in undergraduate engineering courses, the Engineering for People Design Challenge gives undergraduates the opportunity to learn and practice the ethical, environmental, social and cultural aspects of engineering design.
How it works
Each year, Engineers Without Borders UK works with one of our partner organisations to produce a series of engineering challenges based on the real-world problems the partner’s community faces.
These challenges span engineering disciplines including water and sanitation, energy, the built environment, transport, waste management, information communications technology and local industry.
Students at participating universities are asked to design a potential solution to one of the challenges appropriate to the economic, social and environmental context in which it will be used.
A mandatory part of the curriculum
Participating institutions run the Engineering for People Design Challenge as part of the engineering curriculum for first and second year undergraduates, making it a mandatory part of the degree course.
The initiative contributes to the Engineering Council requirements for students on accredited degrees to demonstrate understanding of the design process and have a broad awareness of the economic, legal, social, ethical and environmental context of engineering activity.
31 Universities, 6,500 students
The Engineering for People Design Challenge will run at 31 universities across the UK and Ireland this year involving over 6,500.
Since 2011, when it was first launched in the UK in partnership with Engineers Without Borders Australia, the Engineering for People Design Challenge has improved the skills and competencies of over 28,000 undergraduates.
To date, student design ideas have focused on communities in India, Nepal, Cambodia, Australia, Vietnam, Timor Leste, Cameroon and more.
Students who have taken part in the Challenge have said that it helped them discover the human element of engineering; read about Tsanko’s story here.
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