Leadership Institute

Charting the Future of International Education

Reimagining international higher education careers
Gateway Leadership Institute – Fall 2022

Through its Gateway Leadership Institute, Gateway International Group is committed to preparing the next generation of international higher education leaders. Led by a team of experienced and knowledgeable facilitators, the Gateway Leadership Institute offers a unique professional development opportunity for faculty, scholars, administrators, and other international educators seeking to advance and enhance global learning initiatives at their respective institutions and organizations.

The Gateway Leadership Institute (“Institute”) provides a timely and much-needed venue for international education professionals to develop new knowledge and perspectives with which to shape the next generation of international higher education. Through a combination of webinars, workshops, real-world projects, and coaching, the Institute is offered twice a year, with each iteration focused on a distinct area of international higher education. In recent years, the Institute has focused on issues related to EdTech, international duty of care, international enrollment management and more.

Why Participate?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on international higher education, leading many to ponder what the future of industry may look like. It is now clear that we are not returning to the way things were. Not only are we now reconsidering program offerings, as seen by the rapid mainstreaming of online learning and engagement, we have also begun to question what were once well-established career trajectories among international educators. Emerging international education professionals are entering a profession with new challenges and expanded opportunities.

The Fall 2022 Gateway Leadership Institute will engage participants in a thoughtful and forward-looking discussion of how the profession of international higher education has changed and where we are heading. The Institute will identify new and emerging career paths and assess what new knowledge, experience and training is necessary to successfully navigate the years ahead. The Institute’s objectives coalesce around the idea that while international higher education is certainly changing, it still presents a viable, essential and exciting career for all those deeply committed to exploring its possibilities.

Open to all, the Fall 2022 Institute will provide a collaborative venue through which to explore new knowledge, skills and awareness that transcend any specific professional focus or knowledge community. Participants will be challenged to critique “next generation” strategic thinking – thinking that must be analytical, design oriented, and technological. In addition, through team coaching and peer engagement, participants will receive ongoing support and mentorship for the duration of the Institute. Successful completion of the institute will result in a digital badge for each participant that acknowledges the caliber of the professional development and the skills obtained.

Previous Institutes​

Careers in international higher education – resource portal

Careers in international higher education are professionally and personally rewarding. While many individuals pursue this career path after completing rigorous graduate studies, others enter the profession from lateral careers related to higher education or international education. Whatever the trajectory, careers in international education require significant knowledge, experience and training.

Over the course of the Fall 2022 Gateway Leadership Institute, participants will work in teams to further develop a free resource portal that provides a brief overview of the international education profession for individuals at all career stages. Each team will be assigned to identify and frame resource information in one of the following section of the portal:

Throughout the institute, participants work in small teams under the guidance of the Institute facilitators. Through the personal reflection and career planning afforded by the Institute, participants identify areas of improvement, missing resources, and necessary FAQs to develop and build upon an existing framework. It is expected that this project will require 1-3 hours per month outside of the planned Institute curriculum.

Additionally, each team will develop up to five (5) FAQs or tips for entry-level professionals, mid-career professionals, and senior & retiring professionals. This public facing resource will be accessible to the broader professional community and participants will be noted as contributors. An editing team, consisting of the Institute facilitators, a copy-editor and designer, and a graduate intern, supports the overall production of this resource.

Target Participation

The Fall 2022 Gateway Leadership Institute will appeal to those international education professionals and related higher education experts who are interested in developing new knowledge and skills needed to shape the next generation of international higher education. The Fall 2022 Institute is limited to 25 participants and is designed for early to mid-career professionals. Participants should be committed to examining existing practices, challenging widely held assumptions, and interrogating the scope and direction of international higher education. Although previous international higher education knowledge or experience is not required, participants should be comfortable working in teams and be prepared to engage in a lively, interactive, and fast-paced setting.

Institute Facilitators

Coordinating the Fall 2022 Institute are Drs. Rosa Almoguera and George F. Kacenga, each highly regarded, international education scholar-professionals. Also joining the Institute will be an array of well-known and highly-respected international educators who will provide guest lectures, targeted workshops and participant mentorship. In totality, the Institute presents participants with opportunities to engage directly with some of our profession’s most respected, influential, and transformative leaders.

Dr. Rosa Almoguera

Dr. Rosa Almoguera is an affiliate of Gateway International Group with thirty years of experience in international education. Based in Spain, she has considerable experience developing international partnerships and programs for public and private institutions throughout Europe and the United States.

Dr. George F. Kacenga

Dr. George F. Kacenga is an affiliate of Gateway International Group. He is an award-winning scholar-practitioner with a successful career in international higher education and enrollment management that spans two decades.

Ximing Li

Ximing Li is a graduate intern of Gateway International Group. She is a third-year Ph.D. student at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests focus on international student mobility.

Participating Organizations

Gateway is partnering with an array of leading international educators, professional associations, and influential organizations that are collectively shaping the future of international higher education. Our partner organizations are on the cutting edge of international higher education and will provide critical guidance and insight to participants.
For over 20 years, Terra Dotta has delivered robust international education solutions to help institutions of all sizes prioritize the student experience, and create the next generation of global leaders. Its innovative platform supports all aspects of global learning and engagement.
For all Professionals in International Education, the PIE offers daily news and business analysis of the global international education sector.
Enabling every learner to study abroad by simplifying the process and handholding throughout their journey. Supporting 50,000 learners by 2025 in their study abroad dreams.

Career Coaching

All Institute participants are invited to an individual coaching session with Sarah E. Spencer of OnPoint Global Strategies & Coaching. In this coaching session, participants will explore one career objective and challenge themselves to identify blocks and resources to successfully take action. Sessions are free and will be scheduled from late October to early December.

Sarah E. Spencer is the founder of OnPoint Global Strategies & Coaching through which she provides positive leadership and solutions with strategy, implementation, training and professional coaching. She is also a founding member of the Global Leadership League. Sarah has held a variety of international education positions and is active in organizations such as NAFSA and The Forum on Education Abroad.

Sarah E. Spencer

OnPoint Global Strategies & Coaching

Institute Format

The Fall 2022 Gateway Leadership Institute invites participants for a personalized career-path course of study designed especially for the ambitious international educator that involves guided reflection, journaling, and the practical application. The Institute is structured around three distinct modules, each including, 1.) a public webinar featuring major players in the international higher education, 2.) a private workshop facilitated by Drs. Rosa Almoguera and George F. Kacenga, and 3.) facilitated team sessions to develop the career development assets for an online resource. The Institute begins with an opening orientation and introductory meeting and concludes with each team presenting a summary of their work.

During the workshops, participants have the opportunity to meet with panelists for a deeper contemplation of presentation themes and application of the ideas discussed. Each workshop includes an opportunity for small group reflection, the sharing of valuable lessons learned by experienced international educators, and Q&A. Participants are encouraged to engage in a private LinkedIn group to network, discuss articles on educational leadership, share resources, and present ideas.

Orientation & Introduction: Monday, October 3, 2022, 12-1pm ET

The opening session includes an introduction to the structure and goals of the Fall 2022 Institute and begins the teambuilding process. Details regarding the career resources portal will be presented and teams will be formed. This session also includes a review of expectations and deliverables, including a strengths assessment and individual career-planning groundwork that will be the foundation for exercises throughout the Institute.

Module 1: The Transformation Of International Higher Education
In this first module, participants receive a general overview of the international higher education profession. Over the past fifty years, international higher education has evolved into a recognized profession with its own associations, competencies, standards, ethics and educational training. During the webinar, industry leaders will examine how the profession of international higher education is structured, the major organizations involved in advancing international education, and what can be expected in the near future. During the workshop, participants will explore current and emerging career paths, existing professional development resources, and begin developing a strategy to achieve personal career goals.
Upon completion of this module, participants will have reviewed essential aspects of the international higher education profession. Participants will have insight into their own strengths and weaknesses, and the beginnings of a personalized career plan.
Module 2: Navigating New Spaces In International Education
In this module, participants explore what it means to be established as an international higher education professional. Entry to the professional is possible at any level, but much easier with career coaching. In this module’s webinar, participants are exposed to the leading professional organizations, their missions and resources, news outlets for thorough environmental scanning, prominent graduate programs, advanced certifications, professional development, and training opportunities. The workshop guides participants through leading datasets, when to expect them and where to find them. Examples of analysis demonstrate data-informed strategic thinking and the exploration of compelling questions astute international educators ask.
Upon completion of this module, participants will understand established and emerging professional resources for international educators and will be well equipped to guide strategic thinking with institution leaders, as well as successful career planning.
Module 3: Reimagining The International Higher Education Career Trajectory
Understanding the profession is a necessary prerequisite to successfully navigate the profession. International offices often function like a microcosm of an entire college or university, and staff need general knowledge spanning academics, student life, risk, and systems. As international education has grown in prominence, at least in the U.S., the profession has shifted away from a generalist model to one that requires area-specific specialization. The webinar examines how professional staff positions have begun to emerge in international health, safety and security, global business and finance, and marketing. The role of the Senior International Officer (SIO) is explored, and the career path examined, along with a discussion of the merits accompanying centralized and decentralized models. The workshop goes a step further to explore the pitfalls and barriers to professional growth, and to demonstrate practical aspects of campus realities for the international educator, compensation, and the future of the profession.
Upon completion of this module, participants will understand the broad layout of a career in international higher education. Participants will be able to make strong, informed decisions about their career trajectory, in addition to being well positioned to contribute to a healthy office culture with capacity to mentor others.
Presentations & Discussion: Monday, December 5, 2022, 1-2pm Et

At the conclusion of the Institute, teams present and discuss their contributions to the career resources portal. Additionally, each participant is invited to offer their individual insights and reflections about their own career planning and development. This is an opportunity for participants to articulate the challenges and opportunities for next generation career planning.

LinkedIn Optimization Workshop

All Institute participants are invited to join a live LinkedIn optimization workshop with Kwan Segal, Founder of ICAway. In this workshop, participants will learn why LinkedIn must be an integral part of their professional presence online, the steps for creating a perfect LinkedIn profile that will get them noticed, and how to grow their professional network through the platform. Cost is included in the Institute fee but registration is required.

Kwan Segal

Kwan Segal is an experienced human-capital consultant and a career coach for International Students and immigrants in the US. With over 15 years of professional experience at Global companies like Deloitte, Accenture, and BMW, Kwan helped Fortune 500 companies develop their Talent Strategies worldwide. As the Founder of ICAway /i-see-a-way/, Kwan's mission is to empower International Students for employability & serve International Educators as a trusted advisor.

Fall 2022 - Certificate Of Completion

On completion of the Gateway Leadership Institute, participants receive an electronic certificate of completion through VerifyEd, which can be stored, shared and verified instantly anywhere in the world.

VerifyEd works with educational and awarding institutions to replace paper certificates with digital versions that are 80% cheaper to issue and cannot be forged or changed, thanks to blockchain.

VerifyEd works with educational and awarding institutions to replace paper certificates with digital versions that are 80% cheaper to issue and cannot be forged or changed, thanks to blockchain. The certificates can be shared and verified instantly, anywhere in the world.


To enable diverse representation of early and mid-career international educators to participate in this professional development opportunity, Gateway is leveraging industry sponsorships to offer the Institute at minimal cost to participants. As such, participants are asked to pay a one-time, non-refundable participation fee of $250USD, which includes access to all webinars, workshops, coaching, etc. With anticipated high demand, participants must submit an application for participation. Participants will only be billed if admitted into the Institute. Select participants may be invited to serve as mentors to future Institute cohorts.

Graduate Student Cost: $100


Those interested may submit an online application. Applications are due no later than 5:00pm ET, Friday, September 23, 2022. Decisions are made within one week of the application deadline. Applications must include:


Please direct inquiries to Dr. Rosa Almoguera at ralmoguera@gatewayinternational.org or to Dr. George Kacenga at gkacenga@gatewayinternational.org.

Our Fall 2022 Sponsors

With sincere gratitude to the generous sponsorship of the following organizations and our strategic partners, Gateway is able to offer the Gateway Leadership Institute at a reduced cost. These inspiring and generous organizations are truly committed to preparing the next generation of international education leaders.
Grow your international student recruitment efforts easily and efficiently with Shorelight’s exclusive technology and service platform. Combining robust student data with proven international education expertise and award-winning student services, Shorelight offers one practical solution that meets all of your international student enrollment goals.
OnPoint Global Strategies & Coaching provides positive leadership and solutions – including strategy, implementation, training and coaching – to the global education sector. Coaching services focus on non-profit leaders, professionals and teams who find themselves at crossroads or want to improve their leadership acumen. l There is extra line spacing between Webinar and Workshop in each of the three drop down Modules.

Founded in 1996, Stylus’ publishing focuses on higher education, offering books on professional development in domains such teaching and learning, student affairs, service learning and community engagement, assessment, online learning, diversity and inclusion, and leadership and administration. Stylus also has a significant presence in international education. Recent books include The Handbook of International Higher Education and The Guide to COIL Virtual Exchange. Visit the full publications list at www.Styluspub.com.

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.

George F. Kacenga


George F. Kacenga, PhD, has been a champion for the value of higher education for over twenty-years. He is currently the Vice President of Enrollment Management at William Paterson University of New Jersey. He recently worked as the AVP of University Partnerships with M Square Media. Kacenga has served as an Executive Director for Undergraduate Admissions and Senior International Officer (SIO) in the Purdue University System, in addition to working at the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Pittsburgh. His experience includes domestic and international recruitment, education abroad, intensive English, and global partnerships throughout a career that includes positions with public, private, and highly ranked academic institutions. A Fulbright Administrator Award recipient, Kacenga holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education. His expertise has been further honed through engagement as a community member, including professional roles and participation in AIRC (Past-President), NAFSA, TAICEP, NACAC, AACRAO, AIEA, and FEA.

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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