Gateway Voices

Welcome to Gateway Voices, a blog designed to feature dynamic, innovative and on trend voices in international higher education. Gateway invites contributions that showcase new directions and ideas that help shape next generation international education.
*The views, thoughts and opinions expressed here belong solely to the author(s), and do not necessarily represent those of Gateway International Group.
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The strategic integration of skilled temporary staff into an international student office elevates the quality of support and services provided to international students.
The priorities and values of Gen Z are different than preceding generations, and they’re driving a lot of the change. Colleges and universities need Gen Z to fill entry-level positions. Entry-level positions require conformity and adaptation to rigid systems and processes.
International higher education institutions confront an environment marked by volatility, uncertainty, and shifting employment trends. Swift changes in market conditions, economic fluctuations, and unforeseen events demand agile workforce management strategies.
With increasing opportunities for overseas students to study at institutions outside the global north, it is now paramount to ensure that the realities of campus life and the support mechanisms for international students live up to the rhetoric and promises made during the recruitment process.
Universities that make the strongest link with employment will strengthen their reputations beyond a single or small number of countries, grow demand and build long term resilience.
This blog discusses the mobility impact of international students in Spain and highlights the perceived changes pre and post pandemic.
International recruitment is dynamic and fast-paced but with careful planning and focus you will connect will talented international students. They will contribute to the richness and diversity of your institution and you will nurture graduates with the skills and perspectives required of tomorrow’s leaders.
Equity has been central in international education discourse over the years, yet our impact on global justice is limited, at best. The approach to international education that is oblivious of the inequitable global power relations constitutes an obvious blind spot international education professionals need to address.
Expanding access to higher education learning and innovation for refugees is a critical initiative – both at U.S.institutions and at refugee locations abroad. Featured series by Heidi Soneson and Marty Tillman.
School of Record partnerships offer an antidote to precarity for education abroad organizations and foster growth on both sides of the partnership.
Japan higher education provides leadership to blend the rapid growth of online international education with its “traditional” mobility-based international activities. Featured series by Heidi Soneson and Marty Tillman.
Assessing current mobility trends in higher education brings new insights. This is a second entry in the series that examines emerging trends.
Expanding the scope of education abroad brings new innovative access to students. Featured series by Heidi Soneson and Marty Tillman.
Recent Harris Poll reveals important implications for higher education. Featured series by Heidi Soneson and Marty Tillman.
How international educators can help shape our future historical narrative. Featured series by Heidi Soneson and Marty Tillman.
Assessing current mobility trends in higher education brings new insights.
Effective response strategies are key to risk management abroad.
As Seen in Campus Technology: Global Education Needs More Institutions Participating in Open Doors Research
Why do we do what we do? Is it worth the time, energy and effort to work in international education?
Understanding the implications of the U.S. mid-term elections on international higher education. We can’t afford complacency. Featured series by Heidi Soneson and Marty Tillman.
Drivers of Global Learning Experiences .Oklahoma State University is using cutting-edge, interactive technology to increase accessibility to study abroad.
How does a high impact university strategy evolve into an international student population that in 10 years grew from 63 to 4000 students and maintained an 80% retention rate?
Pitzer College, one of the Claremont Colleges, is a small liberal arts institution taking big steps toward promoting intercultural understanding.
Welcome to the first installment of a new Gateway series seeking to recognize institutions whose innovative strategies are advancing new directions in international learning and engagement. This first installment features Baylor University and how they have leveraged international education toward achieving R1 status.

Gen Z’s Not Gonna Put Up with This!

The priorities and values of Gen Z are different than preceding generations, and they’re driving a lot of the change. Colleges and universities need Gen Z to fill entry-level positions. Entry-level positions require conformity and adaptation to rigid systems and processes.

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Episode 29: Cultural Lens on U.S. Higher Education: Analyzing International Perceptions of 'Anti-Woke’ Discourse

Dive into a nuanced exploration of the global discourse surrounding higher education in the United States. Join us for a panel discussion with esteemed international educators as we embark on a journey through the lenses of culture and international perspective, examining how global audiences interpret and engage with the ‘anti-woke’ discourse within the context of U.S. higher education. This engaging panel discussion will delve into the intersections of culture, ideology, and education, and the complex landscape of how international audiences perceive the ‘anti-woke’ narrative that has emerged within U.S. academia.

Whether you’re a senior international officer, or simply curious about the diverse viewpoints shaping U.S. higher education, this podcast episode will provide an invaluable space for critical analysis and insightful conversations.

Speaker Biography:

Fanta Aw is a distinguished leader in international education, renowned for her extensive contributions to global learning, cross-cultural understanding, and educational equity. With a deep commitment to fostering connections between diverse cultures and promoting educational excellence, she has significantly impacted the international education community.

Fanta Aw’s career has been characterized by her dedication to advancing global education initiatives, promoting diversity and inclusion, and nurturing partnerships that transcend borders. She has held influential roles in various organizations, advocating for the importance of international collaboration and learning experiences that empower individuals to navigate an increasingly interconnected world.

As a thought leader and visionary, Fanta Aw’s insights and expertise have shaped discussions on the future of international education, emphasizing the significance of equitable access, cultural exchange, and lifelong learning. Her work has not only elevated institutions but has also inspired countless individuals to embrace the transformative power of global education.

Date: September 14th, 2023
Time: 12 noon ET

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Mark Beirn


An experienced global researcher and administrator, Mark Beirn brings a critical approach to risk management, factoring structural racism and identity-based violence into his rubric for supporting equitable global mobility.

Specialization Areas:

– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development


Stephen Appiah-Padi​


Stephen Appiah-Padi is an international educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year HEIs. An experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with a demonstrated history of success in the field.

Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in Educational Policy & Administration with a specialization in International/Intercultural Education.

At Northwestern College, he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad and international student services. In Lansing, Michigan, he first oversaw diversity and intercultural education at Lansing Community College, and later created the Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) which merged intercultural engagement and international education programs of the institution, and he became its first director. Additionally, Dr. Appiah-Padi taught a course, “Diversity in the American Workplace”, to undergraduate management students of the College. In his current position, he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and study abroad programs at Bucknell University.

Dr Appiah-Padi has created and facilitated several workshops for faculty and staff development in higher education and in business organizations. He has presented at several national and international conferences. In NAFSA, among several volunteer leadership positions, he has served as Dean of the Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication Workshop, the Leadership Development Committee member, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group, and a Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program for mentoring emerging leaders of internationalization in African HEIs. He currently serves as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors.

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Rosa Almoguera


Dr. Rosa Almoguera has worked as an international educator for over twenty years. She was trained as a Hispanic Philologist at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, and did her M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D., from Universidad Complutense included a field study and edition of written balladry “Romancero”. During many years Rosa combined teaching and her role as a senior administrator at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain. At the Foundation, Rosa directed and, in many cases created, programs for the University of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, Arcadia, and the University of Chicago. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Portland, and Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Beginning in 2016, Rosa works as an international education consultant for both public and private European and US higher education institutions. Rosa has been successful in developing new partnerships and programs, as well as helping improve already existing ones.

Rosa is a member of Forum and NAFSA and has presented with higher education professionals on innovative academic and research programming, STEM in study abroad and Nationalism in Europe. Rosa is currently completing the final Professional Certification from the Forum on Education Abroad.