Environment students have the opportunity to visit Vietnam as part of their undergraduate studies through an innovative experiential study program.
Designed to replicate a professional consultancy practice, the program enables final-year students to apply their knowledge to an environmental issue from a range of disciplinary perspectives.
Working in a multi-disciplinary team, students spend an intensive two weeks collecting and analysing data before presenting a draft report to the project’s sponsors and key local authorities.
Students practise professional skills such as project planning and management, research and data collection, presentation and public speaking, group facilitation and report writing.
They also see first-hand how environmental issues impact cities and communities, and have the chance to make a contribution to research on a real environmental issue in Vietnam.
A range of environmental topics have been investigated, ranging from the municipal solid waste system in Ho Chi Minh City to water resources management in the Hanoi region.
Australian and Vietnamese environmental researchers and consultants have applauded the project with some using the student reports as resource documents. The reports have provided valuable data for a number of resource management projects in the Mekong region.