Design for Social Change - Vietnam



Applications now open for Unbound 2020 study tours! 



Unbound deliver innovative overseas educational programs in partnership with universities. Unbound aims to educate and connect students to important global issues and to provide tangible connections between technical knowledge and its application to create positive social change.

This program can be incorporated into the Engineering for a Humanitarian Context course (ENGN3013), which also contributes to the Minor in Humanitarian Engineering.

ANU has New Colombo Plan (NCP) funding scholarships for the two-week Vietnam Innovation, Leadership and the UN Sustainable Development Goals trip is available for eligible students.  This program introduces students to design (and hence engineering) approaches such as human centred-design (HCD) and its role in community development and working on global issues.  The Design for Social Change program is suitable for any student from a design or engineering program or with an interest in community development or global challenges.

This program runs during the June-July and Dec-Feb teaching breaks each year.  Domestic students may be eligible for OS-HELP. 

More information is available in Unbound

How to apply:

Students apply directly to Unbound for a place on the program.  Deadlines are typically 3 months before travel. More information on dates and details will be available on the Unbound website.

All students will then automatically be considered for an NCP scholarship, subject to the eligibility requirements above.


Students must first apply to Unbound to be accepted onto the program.  All students are then automatically considered for an NCP scholarship.  To be eligible for a scholarship students must be:

  • Domestic Student (for NCP purposes)
  • Enrolled in an ANU undergraduate program in at least their 2nd year of study.
  • Able to incorporate the Design for Social Change program for course credit (such as a research or group project, course project to topic or special topic course).
  • Be in good academic standing with ANU and CECS.
  • Have not had a short-term NCP scholarship before.

More information

An information session will be held to cover this and other opportunities available - watch this space. 

Opportunities available at ANU for humanitarian engineering, as well as more information and FAQs are available here

More information on the new Minor in Humanitarian Engineering commenced in 2019.

For any questions or queries contact Jeremy Smith.

Updated:  10 August 2021/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing