Leadership Institute

Charting the Future of International Education

Educational technology for a new generation.
Spring 2021

Through its Gateway Leadership Institute, Gateway International Group is committed to preparing the next generation of international education leaders. With a team of experienced and knowledgeable facilitators, the Gateway Leadership Institute offers in-person and virtual training 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 provides a timely and much-needed venue for international education professionals to begin cultivating the next generation of international higher education. Through a combination of webinars, workshops, real-world projects, and coaching, the Institute engages participants in an exploration of key topics such as new directions in international strategy, revenue generation, integrated program design, and educational technology.

Why Participate?

The Institute will begin preparing professional international educators as architects of a new future of international education. Although participants may have professional expertise in specific areas (e.g., education abroad, international student and scholar services, international enrollment management, etc.), or different objectives (e.g., professional development, academic enrichment, career advancement, etc.), the Institute is focused on promoting the development of essential knowledge and skills that transcend any specific professional focus. Participants will develop new knowledge and leadership skills in “next generation” strategic thinking, thinking that is analytical, design oriented, and technological. In addition, through team coaching, each participant will receive ongoing support and mentorship over the duration of the Institute. Coaches will be selected among Gateway Affiliates and other international educators, each with significant leadership experience in international higher education.

The Spring 2021 Institute is focused on educational technology with the goal of understanding and leveraging new technologies to support and enhance international educational programming for a new generation of learners. The Spring 2021 Institute’s objectives coalesce around the need to support new and innovative thinking to share next generation programming:

Previous Institutes​

EdTech Challenge

The Spring 2021 Gateway Leadership Institute invites participants into the fast-paced and innovative world of educational technology. Working in small teams, participants will be assigned to a specific, EdTech company and will work on a realistic EdTech challenge over the course of the Institute. Teams will receive an initial briefing from their respective companies during which they will be presented with a specific challenge to explore. Over the course of the Institute, teams will build upon assigned readings, webinars, workshops and, with the guidance and support of a professional coach, will begin to breakdown the challenge, ideate, make strategic decisions, and ultimately develop a potential solution to the challenge. At the end of the Institute, each team will present their proposals (and written response) to their respective companies within the framework of a business solution pitch.

Target Participation

The Spring 2021 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 Spring 2021 Institute will be limited to 25 participants and is designed for early to mid-career professionals with 3-10 years of experience. Participants should be committed to examining existing practices, challenging widely held assumptions, and interrogating the scope and direction of international education. Although no advanced EdTech knowledge is required, participants should be comfortable working in teams and be prepared to engage in a lively, interactive, and fast-paced challenge.

Institute Facilitators

Coordinating the Institute are Drs. Rosa Almoguera and George F. Kacenga, each highly regarded scholar-professionals. Also joining the Institute will be representatives of major EdTech companies supporting the work of international education, professional coaches representing key knowledge sectors of international education, and a range of guest speakers and workshop facilitators. 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 and current Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions and SIO at Purdue University Northwest. He is an award-winning scholar-practitioner with a successful career in international higher education and enrollment management that spans two decades.

Participating Companies

Gateway is partnering with leading EdTech companies that are shaping the future of international education, representing education abroad, teaching & learning, and international enrollment management & recruitment. Participants will be assigned to a leaded EdTech company based on primary or secondary knowledge community affiliation. Our strategic partner companies are on the cutting edge of technology needed to advance the next generation of international education.

OffWeGo is an innovative student-centric, mobile-first solution that leverages social and monetary incentives to keep students mindful of their health, safety and security while studying abroad.
Through its innovative platform, Conversifi connects language learners with native speakers for on-demand language practice and cultural exchange over video chat. What a terrific way for students to master a foreign language and learn about other cultures.
For almost 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 international student mobility and risk management.
QS is dedicated to developing technology solutions to increase the efficiency of international mobility, relations and recruitment functions. QS’s innovative MoveON software automates mobility and partnership management processes for international offices of higher education institutions.
IntelePeer, an award-winning technology company, delivers an omnichannel communication and engagement platform with real time analytics. Universities can build and integrate communications-enabled workflows utilizing traditional and digital communication channels to create world-class students’ experiences, while improving enrollment processes and yield, through automation.

Fall 2021 Leadership Institute Participant

“Participation in the Gateway Leadership Institute was one of the best investments I've made towards advancing my career in international education. The webinars provided key insights into top-of-mind issues while the workshops cultivated an environment in which to explore these topics and test new ideas with colleagues. To top it off, I received one-on-one coaching sessions with one of the top thought leaders in international education. Thanks to the GLI, I've expanded my network and grown into a more confident international education professional.”

Erin M. Niday

The Catholic University of America

Institute Format

The Spring 2021 Gateway Leadership Institute will be structured around three distinct modules, each including, 1.) a public webinar featuring major EdTech companies supporting the work of international education, 2.) a private workshop facilitated by Drs. Rosa Almoguera and George F. Kacenga, and 3.) team planning session with a professional coach. The Institute will begin with an opening orientation and introductory meeting and will conclude with each team presenting their proposals to their assigned companies. Participants will be encouraged to engage in a private LinkedIn group to discuss assigned readings on educational leadership, share resources, and present ideas.

ORIENTATION & INTRODUCTION – Monday, March 8, 2021, 1-2pm ET
The opening session will include an introduction to the structure and goals of the Spring 2021 Institute and begin the teambuilding process. Details regarding the EdTech challenge will be presented and teams will be formed. This session will also include a review of expectations and deliverables.

Module 1: EdTech for Next Generation Education Abroad​
In this first module, participants will be introduced to concepts of educational technology in the education abroad profession. During the webinar, industry leaders will address the evolving role of EdTech during and after the pandemic and the demand for EdTech solutions as organizations and individuals found ways to adapt. In the workshop, participants will examine the impact and ongoing development of EdTech solutions in education abroad as applied to student application management, risk management, communication, and the development of high-quality and intentional programming.

Upon completion of this module, participants will have reviewed essential concepts of technology related to education abroad, its most recent application towards online and virtual experiences, and the future of global education.

Module 2: EdTech for Next Generation Teaching and Language Learning​
In this module, participants will learn about the advancement of tools and strategies for effective online learning, including those that have evolved in response to the pandemic. Interest and demand for virtual platforms that serve academic instruction and personal enrichment has increased exponentially, leaving many leaders uncertain of the available opportunities. In this module’s webinar, participants will be exposed to cutting-edge EdTech modalities and challenged to reconsider preconceptions of what in-person and virtual instruction can be. The workshop will guide participants through multiple emerging EdTech modalities for instruction with application across all academic disciplines and facilitate the development of a proposal for innovation.
Upon completion of this module, participants will understand new and emerging instructional modalities for academic and language learning instruction and will be well equipped to guide strategic thinking on virtual learning.
Module 3: EdTech for Next Generation International Enrollment Management & Recruitment​
Recent years have been challenging for international student enrollment managers. Changes in international student mobility trends, compounded by concerning student visa and H1B policy discussions, and a global pandemic ushered in the first decline in international student enrollment in nearly 15 years. Limited travel opportunities to recruit or meet with strategic partners, combined with exhaustion from online meetings, set the stage for innovation. This module explores the emerging EdTech solutions designed for international student recruitment. The webinar will explore technologies that foster meaningful ties with prospective international students. The workshop goes a step further to apply these EdTech solutions past relationship management towards enrollment, ROI, and yield forecasting.

Upon completion of this module, participants will understand how to engage with international prospective students in the online space and develop the necessary analytics to improve yield and performance year over year.

PRESENTATIONS & DISCUSSION – Monday, May 10, 2021, 1-3:00pm ET

Teams will present their business challenge solutions to their respective companies. Presentations will be divided into knowledge communities with representatives of the companies, coaches, and facilitators being present. A discussion between participants and stakeholders will follow. This will be a unique opportunity for participants to provide solutions to real-word EdTech challenges in international higher education.

Certification of Completion

On completion of the Gateway Leadership Institute, participants will 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. 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 $125USD, 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.


Those interested may submit an online application at, www.gatewayinternational.org/application. Applications are due no later than 5:00pm ET, Saturday, February 20, 2021. Decisions will be made within one week of the application deadline. Applications must include:

Our Spring 2021 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 organizations are truly committed to preparing the next generation of international education leaders.

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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