Global Leaders – Lisbon 2022

Global Leaders engages students in experiential and intercultural learning with a focus on a specific community, theme or industry. The programme structure combines expert talks, skills workshops and a team challenge directly related to the theme, community or industry addressed by the programme.


The Global Learning Expedition…aiming to raise awareness, facilitate mutual aid and find solutions to socio-economic barriers different at-risk populations are facing.

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What happened at the Global Leaders Lisbon in September 2022

Global Leaders is an impactful immersive and experiential learning experience. It begins online then takes students to a new environment to work in teams with peers and local stakeholders to solve real-world challenges while learning about the business and social environment.

The September 2022 Expedition brought International Business and Modern Languages students from the University of Exeter to Lisbon, to address business challenges for corporates, start-ups, scale-ups and the local community.

Over the course of five days onsite in Lisbon and remote, the students worked together with other engaged peers in multidisciplinary, international and intercultural teams to address real business challenges.

First Global Leaders Expedition for International Business & Modern Languages was a massive success! The result was 4 professional, confident, and innovative pitches and 4 very happy clients! A big thank you goes to Kirsten Williamson of Petrus Communication and her team who provided an amazing programme of activities and an unparalleled level of support throughout. We look forward to doing it all again next year!

Dr Alison Ashby, Programme Director BA International Business and Modern Languages,
University of Exeter Business School

We are so grateful to the challenge owners, our host, speakers, coaches, jury and student buddies from BEST & ESN without whom the experience could not happen.

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New opportunity to work with new people and explore new ways of thinking
Participant student from University of Exeter
It was wonderful to be able to meet different people and learn first-hand about the challenges involved in establishing and maintaining a business
Participant student from University of Exeter

About the organisers

Petrus is a multi-award-winning international design company that specialises in connecting employers with students and the global education community, transforming the way companies, students and universities interact. Created in 2005, Petrus now comprises an international team of research, communication, education and digital experts creating and implementing projects world-wide. We design and delivers impactful learning experiences and creative campaigns, bringing together companies, students and universities worldwide for skills development, innovation, brand communications, recruitment, and community engagement.

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