ProGlobe Hybrid Student-Led Conference: Co-creation Through International Collaboration

Discover the interdisciplinary approach of ProGlobe, a joint virtual exchange project between Fanshawe College (Canada), Shenzhen Technology University (China), Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Polytechnic Institute of Viseu (Portugal) and Middle Tennessee State University (USA), at our upcoming presentation. In this presentation, we will showcase how 120 undergraduate students from Canada, China, Germany, Portugal, and the USA collaborated to explore sustainability in a global context. Our focus will be on the organizational approaches of managing this real-life collaboration project, linking three continents and multiple learning systems. In addition, we will share insights on a student-driven international conference.

Regina Brautlacht

Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg


  • Presidential Commissioner for Global Digital Learning since 2018 and Senior Lecturer in Business Communication & Entrepreneurship, Project Lead, and English Program Coordinator at Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences since 2009.
  • Initiator of virtual exchange projects and founding member of the Consortium of Virtual Exchange (CoVE) since May 2020.
  • Holds a Master of Arts in Educational Media and a Bachelor of Arts in Languages & Linguistics and International Studies.

Born in Australia, raised in the USA and has made Germany her new home

Prof. Dr. Paula Fonseca

Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, Portugal


  • Professor at the Management Department of the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu (Portugal).
  • Has been teaching English and Spanish as a foreign language in higher education for over 25 years, integrated member of the Centre for Studies in Education and Innovation from the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu.
  • Holds a PhD degree in Advanced English Studies from the University of Salamanca (Spain), a Master’s Degree in Teaching Languages from the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and a Master’s Degree in Education, Teaching English as a Second Language from Rhode Island College (USA).

Prof. Wendi Hulme

Fanshawe College London, Großbritannien


  • Professor in the School of Design at Fanshawe College, teaching in the Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) program.
  • 20+ years of practical experience in Canada and the USA on residential and commercial projects including retail, hospitality, and corporate design as a registered Interior Designer with ARIDO.
  • Site Review Chair for CIDA and LEED Accredited Professional with research interests focused on sustainability and virtual exchange.

Prof. Dr. Kristi Julian

Middle Tennessee State University, USA


  • Professor and Program Coordinator at Middle Tennessee State University.
  • NCIDQ registered interior designer with over 30 years of practical experience in interior design, specializing in facilities design, healthcare, hospitality, and construction.
  • Accreditation site visitor chair with experience in conducting hybrid and virtual site visits.

Prof. Dr. Lurdes Martins

Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, Portugal


  • Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, where she teaches English in the Bachelor of Tourism and the Technical Course of Wine Tourism
  • Has been part of virtual exchange projects since 2014 with Germany, the USA, Canada, Ghana, Kenya, Italy, and France
  • Postgraduate Education in Multimedia Education and has developed a PhD thesis in the area of Web 2.0 technologies in foreign language learning

Did you know that I have a strong affinity for Germany? It's the country I've travelled to the most, driven by work and scientific pursuits. Amidst the busy schedules, I've seized opportunities to immerse myself in the rich German culture, creating a unique blend of professional and cultural experiences.