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UCL Engineering for International Development (EfID)

In order to tackle global challenges, today’s engineers are required to think beyond borders

EfID students

UCL Engineering now offers students the opportunity to take part in a number of international-based projects, providing exposure to working in multi-disciplinary teams, gaining knowledge and skills required for solving real world problems and encouraging a raised awareness of the socio-technological problems faced by communities across the globe. Each opportunity also helps facilitate a range of professional and personal development along the way.

Who we are

The EfID hub was founded in 2016 by Dr Priti Parikh, Programme Director for the Engineering for International Development MSc, based within Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. The hub now sits centrally within the Faculty office and sees projects funded by both Engineering and our partners, facilitating student opportunities both here and overseas and allowing students to take part in exciting international development focused projects with our partners across the globe.

The hub is coordinated by Mala Mohindru who has a background in community/industry engagement and project management. She is the main point of contact for the UCL EfID hub and can be reached at: ucl.efid@ucl.ac.uk.

Our projects

We’ve worked with some amazing organisations on some incredible projects to date. We've collaborated with the likes of:

UNICEF

Providing a group of students with an insight into the UNICEF Wash Programme in Ethiopia. This one week opportunity saw students spending time with UNICEF officials, learning about the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programme, as well as conducting a field work exercise. 

Bridges2Prosperity

A team of our students are currently helping to build an 83 meter footbridge in Bolivia alongside participants from Duke University. With mobility and transportation access impacting the quality of life for those in more rural areas of the world, this type of project will see a direct impact on those most affected. 

The Royal Academy of Engineering

Working alongside entrepreneurs from the prestigious ‘Africa Prize’ a group of our students will be supporting various technical aspects of the local businesses. This collaboration gives students a great opportunity for knowledge sharing and enabling them to implement their technical skills to date. 

Project Everest

This collaboration provided the opportunity to help set up an independent recyclable collection service to be sustained by the locals of East Timor. This project aimed to support the UN Sustainable Goals and enable a community to overcome their significant issues with waste management.

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders (EWB)-UK is an international development organisation that creates massive small change by empowering engineering students to remove the barriers to development.

Working with EfID, our UCL branch provides opportunities to learn about the contribution of engineering to global development and poverty reduction, share our vision with other young people, participate in exciting events and to work on engineering related projects around the globe. 

Outreach

Our outreach program, carried out with the help of our EWB UCL students, aims to inspire young people to love science through developing fun activities that give a practical, hands on approach to the science that students are taught in the classroom. These activities hope to demonstrate to students that science and engineering is for everyone, helping to break down any preconceptions otherwise!  

The outreach team has delivered these activities in mosques, at science fairs and in schools, to students aged 11-13. Volunteers are all UCL students themselves who receive training to enable them to confidently carry out these workshops. Due to this outreach program, Engineers Without Borders UCL has received ‘Volunteering Society of the Year’ from UCL's Student Union for two consecutive years!

EfID students

Get involved

Interested in participating? To keep on top of news, events and opportunities, join our EfID Platform Moodle page and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest information!