Take your Engineering degree to the next level and explore the distinctive landscape of Timor Leste as part of a community-based field project full of hands-on experience.
- Locations: Timor Leste
- Eligible students: Undergraduate
- Cost: A$3,500 approx.
- Unit code: ENG31005
University graduates are faced with complex global challenges such as climate change, increasing population and sustainability. Engineering and Business Enterprise in a Complex Environment is a six-week academic unit including a two-week field intensive in Timor Leste that will prepare you to tackle these global challenges.
Known for its impressive beauty, unspoiled reefs, warm-hearted people and unique culture, Timor Leste is one of the most distinctive and least explored countries in Asia. While in-country you will work in teams alongside Engineers Without Borders Australia on a project to support their work with development organisations while also exploring what role engineering, innovation and entrepreneurship plays in a development context.
Explore the role of engineering, innovation and enterprise in a development context while working on real-world projects in collaboration with our in-country partner Engineers Without Borders
Gain experience working cross-culturally by meeting with engineering firms, local and international development agencies and social enterprises
Challenge and improve your cross-cultural communication skills and problem solving abilities
Build an understanding of effective development principles including two-way knowledge sharing, strength-based approaches and capacity building
Experience the dynamic nature of Timorese culture through homestays and cultural activities
Build strong friendships with your fellow students and Timorese people
High level unit schedule:
- Week 1 – Classes on campus in Hawthorn to prepare for the field intensive
Weeks 2 and 3 – Field intensive in Timor Leste (exact dates of travel to be confirmed)
Weeks 4, 5 and 6 – Classes on campus in Hawthorn to wrap up project work, assessment and present the project outcomes to Engineers Without Borders.
Highlights of the intensive field trip to Timor Leste include:
Hands-on workshops to build your skills and confidence for working in a development context
Seminars and workshops with engineering firms, local and international development agencies and social enterprises
Time to work on your group projects in collaboration with Engineers Without Borders
Networking events with Timorese engineers and entrepreneurs
Language lessons to learn basic Tetum
Visiting local industries such as coffee plantations and fisheries
Visits to cultural sights like the Resistance Museum, Santa Cruz Cemetery and local markets
Free time to explore the region and recharge
Accommodation will be a mix of hotels in Dili and homestays in rural areas.
The unit assessment will include group project work and individual portfolio work. There is no exam associated with this unit.