About BBAC Project
Building Bridges Across Continents (BBAC) is an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural student project between Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University (H-BRS) in Germany, the University of Nairobi (UON) in Kenya, the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana, and the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu (IPV) in Portugal. BBAC provides students the opportunity to gain global competencies by collaborating virtually with other university students across continents. Students not only gain hands-on practice in international project management but learn to use digital communication tools in real-life as well as being exposed to different cultures and values across continents.
The students conduct interviews with students from each partner county to discuss issues and share cultural knowledge in the categories “country”, “education”, “family”, “religion”, “sports” and “values and happiness”. Students also acquire time management skills. Furthermore, the students can improve their digital competencies by producing a cultural video as well as focusing on gaining intercultural competencies while communicating with an international audience.
Promoting the Global Exchange of Ideas on Sustainable Goals, Practices and Cultural Diversity (ProGlobe) is an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural student project between Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University (H-BRS) in Germany, the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu (IPV) in Portugal, Conestoga College – Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (CC) in Canada and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in the USA.
This virtual exchange provides students the opportunity to gain 21st-century skills by collaborating virtually with other university students in Europe and North America to raise awareness on the impact of environmental and social issues in the world. Its aim is to understand global issues from different cultural perspectives while working against misconceptions and generalizations.
Students explore their own sustainable footprints and reflect on the use of resources in a global context. Each student conducts interviews with students from each partner country to discuss environmental issues in four categories “food”, “water”, “transportation” and “energy”. At the end of the virtual project, students attend and present their findings at a virtual conference.