04 Dec 2020
UNSW and RedR Australia collaborate to offer a new humanitarian course

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and RedR Australia have joined together to deliver the highly regarded International Humanitarian Response course that equips engineers with the knowledge to work in the humanitarian sector, immersing them in real-world emergency and relief scenarios.

RedR Australia is a global humanitarian response agency and a UN Standby Partner to 14 agencies and entities. RedR Australia provides support to UN agencies as well as the Australian and UK Governments.

The International Humanitarian Response course is part of the Humanitarian Engineering Program at UNSW and provides in-depth knowledge and problem-solving skills for humanitarian disaster response and recovery, with both theory and practical components. The course includes RedR Australia’s highly rated Essentials of Humanitarian Practice (EHP) course.

Kirsten Sayers, RedR Australia CEO says that engineers play an important role in supporting humanity and this course provides all the essential skills to do this.

"We are pleased to partner with UNSW to deliver this International Humanitarian Response course, giving participants a new perspective to engineering and how they can contribute to building a better world."

"With climate change increasing the likelihood of humanitarian disasters and conflict, it is likely there will be a greater need for humanitarian engineers in the future."

"UNSW has acknowledged the continuing demand for qualified personnel in the International Humanitarian response sector, and we are excited that UNSW has chosen to include our popular, interactive and scenario-based EHP course into the degree curriculum."

Professor Stephen Foster, Acting Dean UNSW Engineering, says that engineers play a vital role in the immediate response to natural- and human-caused disasters, and in the following recovery.

"We are proud to partner with RedR Australia to train the next generation of humanitarian engineers and provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to tackle, often traumatic, humanitarian crises, where individuals and communities can be most vulnerable."

Lectures and workshops are delivered at UNSW Kensington and participants will spend a week undertaking field exercises in Mount Macedon Victoria. To find out more visit the Study Humanitarian Engineering page on the UNSW website.