Educational technology for a new generation.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
– Student services
– Education abroad programming
– Institutional partnerships
– Education and training
George F. Kacenga, PhD, has been a champion for the value of international education approaching 20 years, investing much of his professional career in international admissions and enrollment management. Following successful tenures with Saint Vincent College, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Colorado Denver, George joined Purdue University Northwest (PNW) as the inaugural Executive Director of Global Engagement to lead strategic efforts to extend global programs and initiatives. Organizational changes resulting from the pandemic incorporated the international portfolio into the division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, where Kacenga is now the SIO and Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions. He is the serving past-president of the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC). He also serves on The Association for International Credential Evaluation Professionals (TAICEP) committee for Organizational Advancement and on the campaign steering committee for the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA). Kacenga is an active member of NACAC, AACRAO, NAFSA, AIEA, and the American Council on Education (ACE) – through which he is currently leading the university’s two-year ‘Internationalization Laboratory’ exercise.
Kacenga’s career has garnered national and international recognition. He serves as an international education consultant, has been an invited speaker and presenter nationally and internationally on themes related to the analysis of foreign academic credentials, international enrollment management, best practice engaging international recruitment agents, and global partnerships and engagement. His articles can be found in various publications, including NAFSA’s International Educator and IIE’s Networker magazine. He is a co-creator of the international education focused return on investment (ROI) resource, ROIie.com. Kacenga continues to work on projects that elevate the professionalism of the field-at-large.
Dr. Kacenga is an award winning scholar and administrator, having received the Sepmeyer Research Grant, Marjorie Peace Lenn Research Award, and Fulbright Korea Administrator Award. Kacenga received his PhD in social and comparative analysis in education from the University of Pittsburgh.
– Enrollment management
– International recruitment and foreign credential evaluation.
– Revenue generating international partnerships
– Budget management
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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.
– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development
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.
– Education Abroad
– International education leadership development
– Intercultural education and engagement
– International partnerships and linkages