Philippine Ambassador Visit Reinforces Strong Bi-Lateral Links

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC) welcomed the Philippine Ambassador to Australia, Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega, onto campus today to discuss how our research and education partnerships are creating new opportunities for Filipinos – including our lab’s work in disaster risk reduction and management. Dr Aaron Opdyke, the SSEAC’s new Philippines Country Coordinator,…
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Opdyke and Team Awarded Strategic Education Grant to Develop Immersive Content

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney has awarded an Strategic Education Grant to a team comprising Dr Ali Hadigheh, Dr Jacqueline Thomas, Dr Tom Goldfinch, Dr Aaron Opdyke, and Associate Professor Ali Nezhad. The grant aims to support the development of new virtual reality content in engineering units of…
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Opdyke and Team Awarded Sydney Southeast Asia Centre Partnership Grant on Urban Informality in the Philippines

Dr Aaron Opdyke, along with a cross-disciplinary team from the University of Sydney, Ateneo de Manila University, and Mindanao State University Marawi, was recently awarded a Partnership Grant from the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre to investigate the how informality is increasingly shaping post-disaster and post-conflict responses. The research team includes Associate Professor Paul Jones (Urban…
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Developing Local Engineering Solutions in India

In partnership with mobility partner Authentica, 14 students from various engineering disciplines traveled to Maharashtra in India as a part of the Humanitarian Engineering major this past December. This global engineering fieldwork trip is a core component of the major requiring students to undertake work in either a developing country or indigenous community. The unit of…
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Bangladesh Engineering Delegation Visits Sydney

We were excited to host 11 senior engineers this week from the government of Bangladesh Local Government Engineering Department. The visit is part the Multipurpose Disaster Shelter Project which aims to construct 556 new evacuation centres in coastal areas through World Bank funding. During the meeting, we shared our current research and learned more about current disaster…
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Students Complete Fieldwork Class in Samoa

This week 23 engineering students wrapped up a two week field intensive in Samoa, supported through Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) New Colombo Plan (NCP) mobility program. The unit of study, led by Dr. Jacqueline Thomas and Dr. Aaron Opdyke, gave students first hand exposure working in cross-cultural contexts. Students worked in…
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Humanitarian Frontiers Lab Open Doors

We are proud to announce that the Humanitarian Frontiers Lab has opened its doors this month. As a leading academic lab based at the University of Sydney, the research group will conduct research in three core areas that include: (1) humanitarian shelter and settlements; (2) disaster risk reduction and resilience and; (3) poverty reduction and…
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