Gateway at EAIE

33rd Annual Conference

Rotterdam, Netherlands

September 26th - 29th, 2023

Meet us at EAIE

Amir Reza

Scott Blair

Noah Goldblatt

Rachid Bendriss

Hiroshi Ota

Ann Hubbard

Gateway Affiliates Presenting at EAIE

Scott Blair

Session Number: 5.08 

Intercultural competence and eco-literacy: Converging currents of good pedagogical practice.

Intercultural competence – the gold-standard learning outcome of international education since the war ended in 1945 – increases in both conceptual elegance and societal impact when it integrates the focus, purpose and mood of the eco-literate mindset. In the harsh light of our Earth crisis, this session reappraises the intercultural competence construct, critically assesses its wins and losses and explores how it can be empowered by eco-literacy and deep-green ethics.

September 28th, 2023, 10.30 am
Keiko Ikeda

The hero’s journey, or how to implement a successful Internationalisation Home strategy

Implementing an Internationalisation at Home strategy is a great challenge for the whole university community. Based on Campbell’s theory of the ‘hero’s journey’, this session will discover the parallels between traditional stories and change management, connecting the different stages, scenarios, and characters. We will present geographically diverse perspectives, connecting cultures with a common purpose: to make the internationalization of our institutions a true success story.

September 27th, 2023, 9.00 am

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Recent Gateway Gatherings at NAFSA

Anthony C. Ogden

Founder & Managing Director

Dr. Anthony C. Ogden is a distinguished leader in the field of international higher education and the Founder and Managing Director of Gateway International Group. With over 25 years of experience, he has established himself as an influential figure in the industry, specializing in education abroad, comprehensive internationalization, and global engagement.

Prior to founding Gateway International Group, Dr. Ogden made significant contributions to renowned institutions such as Pennsylvania State University, the University of Kentucky, Michigan State University, and the University of Wyoming. Across thee role, he has led offices related to international students and scholars, education abroad, global studies, and English language programs.

Dr. Ogden is a prolific author and scholar, having published numerous scholarly articles and co-edited several books on international higher education. His works cover topics such as scholar-practitioners, integrating education abroad into curricula, and comprehensive research on international education. He serves as an external reviewer for esteemed journals in the field.

An active member of professional organizations like NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Association of International Education Administrators, Dr. Ogden has also served on international boards focused on advancing higher education. He has taught at institutions including Pennsylvania State University, the University of Kentucky, and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Drawing from his extensive international experience, Dr. Ogden has conducted program evaluations in over 25 countries, collaborating with organizations and agencies worldwide. He is highly sought after as a speaker, delivering seminars and workshops on international higher education globally.

As the Founder and Managing Director of Gateway International Group, Dr. Ogden continues to shape the field. His consultancy firm offers comprehensive services to institutions aiming to enhance their global engagement strategies, education abroad programs, and international partnerships. Driven by his passion for promoting intercultural understanding and global citizenship, Dr. Ogden remains dedicated to advancing international higher education and empowering institutions in navigating the complexities of an interconnected world.

Education Abroad (Internationalization in Higher Education Series): Ogden, Anthony C.
Education Abroad and the Undergraduate Experience: Critical Perspectives and Approaches to Integration with Student Learning and Development: Brewer, Elizabeth, Ogden, Anthony C., Whalen, Brian
International Higher Education’s Scholar-Practitioners: bridging research and practice: Bernhard Streitwieser, Anthony C. Ogden, Bernhard Streitwieser, Anthony C. Ogden

Gabriele Bosley​


Academic leader with extensive experience in best practices for comprehensive internationalization of higher education, including student and scholar mobility, partnerships, linkages, curriculum integration, assessment, and faculty engagement. Founding Chair of Bellarmine University’s Foreign Languages and International Studies Department, developed, implemented, and chaired Bellarmine’s Foreign Languages & International Studies Baccalaureate Degree and Minor in International Studies from 1995-2008. Founding Director of Bellarmine’s International Programs Office 1995-2020. As tenured Full Professor and SIO responsible for funding, international strategy and operations across all BU colleges, creating and managing 40+ active bilateral exchange partnerships for long term student and faculty exchanges, and 15+ annual faculty led short-term programs in Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia, and Latin America for study, internships, clinicals, student teaching, and service learning. Secured external funding for and guided the 5-year Internationalization QEP from 2008-2013 for the University’s SACS reaccreditation. Co-developer of an asynchronous on-line Intervention Pedagogy for students on long-term study abroad, with pre, during, and post programming with outcomes assessment. Recipient of numerous regional and national grants and awards. Research, publications and presentations focus on intercultural education, intervention theory, assessment, curriculum development and foreign language acquisition. Regular presenter at AAC&U, AIEA, NAFSA, EAIE, FORUM, ISEP, CIEE, IIE et al. Served or serving on the boards of AATG, AIEA, ISEP, CCSA, KIIS, CC-CS, Via Lingua, the KY Department of Education Standards Board, Asia Institute, Louisville Mayor’s International Advisory Council for three administrations, and numerous internal BU committees.

Gateway Service Areas:

Amir Reza


Amir Reza is Dean of Babson Academy for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurial Learning & Dean of Global Education at Babson College. He has served on leadership boards for AIEA, IFSA, NAFSA, and several institutions abroad. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences on international education.

Reza is an influential, dedicated, engaging and result-oriented professional with 20+ years of progressive, practical, and transferable experience providing guidance and leadership in actions that advance internationalization with a commitment to principles of collaboration, diversity, inclusion, and equality. He holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Maine, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education.

Rachid Bendriss


Dr. Rachid Bendriss is an ESL faculty and Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment, Outreach, and Foundation programs at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q). He graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) with an MA in TESOL and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. Dr. Bendriss provides a dynamic and forward-looking leadership to attract underrepresented student talent through innovative pathway programs and engaged relationship-building. To strengthen long-term partnerships with education stakeholders, Dr. Bendriss established creative initiatives focused on effective college readiness for prospective students, yielding a significant number of highly motivated applicants from Qatar, the GCC, and the entire MENA region.

Prior to joining WCM-Q, Dr. Bendriss was a faculty member at Valencia College and UCF, where he also assumed several administrative leadership roles, such as Assistant Director for the Center for Multilingual Multicultural Studies and the International Services Center, leading institutional global initiatives to internationalize curricula.

At WCM-Q, Dr. Bendriss serves as chair and member of numerous committees, task forces, and advisory boards focused on curriculum reform, admissions, student research experience, educational technology, academic readiness, and student advising. Dr. Bendriss has lectured and written extensively on the internationalization of higher education, recruitment and enrollment management, academic English development, information fluency, and college readiness.

A scholar-practitioner, Dr. Bendriss received the prestigious U.S. Department of State Fulbright Award of International Education, the distinguished Florida Association of International Education Annual Award, and multiple Teaching Excellence Awards.

Gateway Service Areas:

– Student recruitment and outreach
– Program and curriculum development
– Higher education administration and leadership
– ESL and foundation programs

Dr. Hiroshi Ota


Dr. Hiroshi Ota is a Professor at the Center for General Education at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, where he serves as the Director of the Hitotsubashi University Global Education Program. His research primarily focuses on higher education policies and practices related to internationalization and international student mobility from a comparative perspective. He has more than 130 publications in Japanese and English, including 6 book chapters published by Springer, Routledge, SAGE, and Multilingual Matters.

Dr. Ota serves as a vice president of the Japan Association of International Student Education (JAISE) and a board member of the Research Consortium for the Sustainable Promotion of International Education (RECSIE). In addition, he has been a visiting scholar for the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), a government agency that supports and promotes international education. He has also served as a member on many selection and evaluation committees of international education and internationalization projects implemented by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan. Dr. Ota received his Ed.M. in 2001 and Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education (Comparative and Global Studies in Education) in 2008 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study international education administration in the U.S. in 1996.

Gateway Service Areas:

– International student mobility
– International student policy
– Education Abroad
– Internationalization of higher education

Ann Hubbard


Dr. Ann Hubbard is a leading international educator with over 25 years of experience in education abroad program management. She is well published in the area of education abroad, with particular expertise on student reflection, career readiness and employability.

From Ann’s high school trip to France to her recent completion of a Ph.D. in Higher Education Internationalization in Milan, she has focused on the benefits of intercultural learning. Ann worked on a K-12 global education project in California where she completed her M.A. at Calfornia State University, Northridge. She served a progression of roles in the International Education Center at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) where a highlight was developing a reflection session with career services colleagues for students to examine their transferable skills as the result of learning abroad. This session continues after 20+ years, has been shared across the U.S. and Europe, and served as the basis for her doctoral research.

Ann served as vice president with AIFS Study Abroad, responsible for university relations for customized faculty-led programs, and academic assessment. She authored a longitudinal study examining student outcomes in the areas of personal, intercultural, and career development, published by AIFS in 2018. Dr. Hubbard completed a Ph.D. in Higher Education Internationalization at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy in 2019. She has served as a NASFA Academy coach and a member of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps. She is a QUIP Reviewer as well as a workshop facilitator for The Forum on Education Abroad, and a reviewer for Frontiers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Education Abroad.

Gateway Service Areas:

– Education abroad best practices
– Outcomes assessment
– Employability/career development
– Intercultural learning

Keiko Ikeda


Keiko Ikeda is a Professor in the Division of International Affairs, and KU-COIL Coordinator at Kansai University. Recently, she has taken the role as the principal project manager for the Inter-University Exchange Project funded by MEXT, 2018-2022 (“COIL Plus Program to Develop Global Career Mindset”). Keiko is Vice-Director for the newly established organization at Kansai University, Institute for Innovative Global Education (IIGE). She has a Ph.D. from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, specializing in Japanese linguistics, foreign language education, and conversation analysis. Her interests in the international education field are internationalization at home, constructing active learning programs collaborating with universities overseas. Keiko also plays a vital role in another line of the on-going government-funded project, SUCCESS-Osaka Project (2017-2021). It promotes the employability of international students who have studied in Japan.

Scott G. Blair


Scott G. Blair, PhD, is a seasoned scholar-practitioner in the design, delivery, and assessment of experiential learning programs in education abroad. Based in Paris, his professional life spans some 30+ years as instructor, Academic Director, Director of Assessment, and consultant for US study abroad providers. He recently served as Resident Director at Boston College Paris; Director of Assessment & Sustainability at TEAN; Research & Scholarship Network Leader for the Teaching, Learning & Scholarship Knowledge Community of NAFSA; and member of the Board of Directors at NSEE (National Society for Experiential Education).

With a special focus on designing and delivering programs that foster sustainability literacy in today’s anxious students, he advocates for assessing student learning outcomes in terms of climate sustainability, biodiversity, global health, and human equity. His research on assessing experiential learning, intercultural competence, global learning, and sustainability literacy has appeared in Frontiers, Routledge, Stylus, EAIE Forum, and CAPA publications and he is a frequent speaker at NAFSA, Forum, and EAIE conferences on learning outcomes assessment and study abroad program design aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

He served on the faculties of the University of New Haven, the Institut National des Sciences Politiques, the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, and the American University of Paris. Scott Blair holds a doctorate in history from the Sorbonne, an MA in European history from Georgetown University, and a BA in English from Miami of Ohio.

Gateway Service Areas:

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

Sponsored by:

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.