CSU students heading to Nepal for extraordinary study program

Tuesday 12 Jun 2018

* Six CSU students will travel to Nepal this month.

* The Global Challenges Study Tour (Nepal) is delivered by Unbound.

* The focus of this program explores the built environment, the architecture, design and reengineering required to build a strong community.

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is excited to have six Bachelor of Technology/Masters in Engineering (Civil Systems) students travelling in the mid-year break to take part in an extraordinary study program in Nepal.

The Global Challenges Study Tour (Nepal), delivered by Unbound is a unique multidisciplinary opportunity for engineering students to explore Nepal and dive deep into building strong and resilient communities.

This program explores the built environment, the architecture, design and engineering required to build a strong community, as well as understanding the effects of the recent earthquake.

CSU academic liaison for learning outcomes for students, Ms Andrea Goncher said ‘The program looks to the bigger community and social aspects to forge strong societies, including education, livelihoods and equality’.

CSU Global Manager, Ms Shevahn Telfser added “Students become part of the journey of transition in Nepal. They make real connections as the students explore the local innovations and programs that are building a brighter future in Nepal”.

Students will be involved in redesigning buildings using natural and locally sourced materials, notably bamboo and rammed earth.

Students have been able to participate at a minimal cost thanks to significant Government Funding, the New Colombo Plan, which subsidised the cost of the program for each student.

This hands on learning showcases the unique learning opportunities available to students through CSU’s Engineering and CSU Global.

CSU Engineering has been named one of the top emerging engineering schools in the world, in a report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

‘While on this project students will have the opportunity to explore what lasting community development is like, while building their skills as they bring their own passions and ideas in partnership with local community leaders’ concluded Ms Goncher.

The students will be in Nepal from the Saturday 23 June returning home on Friday 6 July.


Media contact: Kate Fotheringham, 63386251

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms Andrea Goncher and Shevahn Telfser at CSU Bathurst.