New directions with strategic international partnerships
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 international higher education ecosystem is increasingly complex and turbulent, leading many to consider what the future may look like. It is now clear that neither our institutions nor our partners around the world are returning to any vestige of what may have once been considered status quo. Together we must now explore new possibilities, create new opportunities, and pursue new ways of facilitating and sharing knowledge. Indeed, international higher education is entering a new era that is calling for innovative and expanded forms of collaboration among institutions around the world.
The Spring 2023 Gateway Leadership Institute will engage participants in a strategic and forward-looking discussion on international partnerships as a means to advance international learning and engagement. The Institute will consider new and emerging partnership models and a diversifying landscape of stakeholders. We will look beyond a single purpose arrangements that target one aspect of international higher education, such as recruitment, exchange, research, etc. to better understand new models for multi-faceted collaboration among a variety of entities. The Institute’s objectives coalesce around the idea that higher education institutions must be globally engaged and that strategic international partnerships and collaborations are central to that effort. Effective partnerships can:
Open to all, the Spring 2023 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.
Over the course of the Institute, participants will work in small teams to develop an International Partnerships Toolkit. The Toolkit will become a free and comprehensive resource designed to help college- or university-based international education professionals with navigating the complexities of building and maintaining successful international partnerships and collaborations. To be located electronically on the Gateway website, the Toolkit will include a range of materials and activities designed to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively establish, manage, and evaluate international partnerships.
Each team will be assigned to develop resource information in one or more of the following 4 sections of the International Partnerships Toolkit:
Understanding current and emerging models.
This section will present an illustration and description of the major types of partnerships commonly leveraged by institutions.
This section will present strategies for negotiating and developing new international partnerships, to include discussion of stakeholder engagement, legal considerations, contract management, etc.
This section will present strategies for maintaining and stewarding partnerships, to include discussion of troubleshooting, discontinuation, etc.
Evaluating and assessing partnerships.
This section will present 2-3 institutional case studies as exemplars of international partnership management. The section will provide rubric for evaluating and assessing partnerships.
The Spring 2023 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 2023 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.
Coordinating the Spring 2023 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.
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.
The Spring 2023 Gateway Leadership Institute invites participants to explore new directions in international partnerships, specifically partnerships that are tied to a college or university. The Institute is structured around three distinct modules, each including, 1.) a public webinar featuring key leaders 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 a new international education partnerships resource for the field-at-large. 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.
The opening session includes an introduction to the structure and goals of the Spring 2023 Institute and begins the team building process. Details regarding the International Partnerships Toolkit project will be presented and teams will be formed. This session also includes a review of expectations and deliverables, including a strengths assessment and evaluation of international partnership levels at participant institutions’ that will be the foundation for exercises throughout the Institute.
At the conclusion of the Institute, teams present and discuss their contributions to the International Partnerships Toolkit. Each participant is also invited to share their personal insights and reflections on their institution's strategy for international partnerships, including any challenges and opportunities they foresee. This is a valuable opportunity to explore the impact of the Institute on participants' approaches to international partnership agreements.
spoOn 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.
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.
Please direct inquiries to Dr. Rosa Almoguera at email@example.com or to Dr. George F. Kacenga at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those interested may submit an online application. Applications are due no later than 5:00pm ET, Friday, February 17, 2023. Decisions are made within one week of the application deadline. Applications must include:
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, 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.
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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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