Global Leaders – porto 2023

Global Leaders engages students in experiential and intercultural learning, focusing 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.

Global Leaders Porto photos of all participants

What happened during the Expedition?

The September 2023 expedition brought students from the UK’s University of Exeter to Porto, Portugal, to address challenges set by Ecocubo, Vintage for a Cause, Capgemini and COFCO International.

Over six days onsite in Porto, students worked together with other engaged students in multidisciplinary, international and intercultural teams to address a real business challenge and make a difference with their ideas.

With inspirational talks, skills workshops, career insights, networking sessions and creative teamwork supported by world-class coaches, participants gained essential workplace skills. They also discovered a range of industries and career paths to hit the ground running on their career search.


We are so grateful to the challenge owners, speakers, coaches, jury and student buddies from ‘BEST Porto’ without whom the experience could not happen.

Vintage for a Cause logo
Ecocube logo
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COFCO International logo
BEST Porto logo
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Porto Innovation Hub
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of participants were satisfied or very satisfied with the challenge


of participants would recommend the experience to others

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Very encouraging programme, still amazed by the fact we pulled all of this together in 3 days.
Participant from the University of Exeter
What I enjoyed the most was the feeling that I've really made an impact to someone's business while gaining experience in several different fields.
Participant from the University of Exeter
I really enjoyed the level of responsibility we were given for our challenges and that coaches were there if we needed rather than directing us.
Participant from the University of Exeter
It was an amazing trip and I learned so much from the experience.
Participant from the 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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