Vertically Integrated Projects

Vertically Integrated Projects - A Transformative Approach in Education!

The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program is an innovative approach to enhancing higher education by engaging undergraduate and postgraduate students in ambitious, long-term, multidisciplinary project teams that are led by faculty researchers.

Students working on research

How does VIP work?

By joining VIP, students from second-year onwards from multidisciplinary teams to work on long term world-changing research projects. Undergraduate students earn academic credit for their work, while academics and postgraduate students benefit from the extended efforts of their teams.

Undergraduate students can join their team for a minimum one year to a maximum of three years. Each project lasts for three years and can continue on for decades with new students replacing those who have graduated.  

Experiential learning for our students

VIP extends project-based learning beyond a single semester. It allows time for students to gain a deeper insight into their field of study and is a wonderful opportunity in a safe environment to develop sought-after professional skills. Through VIPs, students interact with the academic’s industry partners (potential employers) and receive course credit.

VIP courses help students develop professional skills such as written and oral communication, teamwork, presentation and creative problem-solving. 

As students progress through the courses (ENGG2600, 3600, 4600) their seniority on the project provides them with leadership, management, and mentorship roles that prepare them for the workforce. Many of these skills are passed down from academic to graduate student to undergraduate student, creating a sustainable and safe environment for projects to flourish. These advantages are why so many universities internationally have adopted the VIP Consortium model, and why UNSW Sydney has joined the exciting international Vertically Integrated Projects program.