Leadership Institute

Charting the Future of International Education

New directions with strategic international partnerships
Spring 2023

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 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.

Previous Institutes​

International Partnerships Toolkit

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:

Section 1​

Understanding current and emerging models.

This section will present an illustration and description of the major types of partnerships commonly leveraged by institutions.

Section 2

Developing partnerships. 

This section will present strategies for negotiating and developing new international partnerships, to include discussion of stakeholder engagement, legal considerations, contract management, etc.

Section 3

Stewarding partnerships. 

This section will present strategies for maintaining and stewarding partnerships, to include discussion of troubleshooting, discontinuation, etc.

Section 4

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.

Target Participation

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.

Institute Facilitators

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.

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.

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.

Institute Format

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.

Orientation & Introduction: Monday, March 6, 2023, 1-2pm ET

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.

Module 1: Charting the Landscape of International Partnerships
In this first module, participants will explore the evolving nature of collaborations between higher education institutions in different countries. With the increasing globalization of higher education, innovative collaborations are becoming more prevalent and diverse, including new types of linkages and multi-faceted partnerships. This module will examine the various forms that these partnerships can take, beyond student exchange programs, joint research initiatives, and cross-border degree programs. It will also discuss what has been and what is emerging, and the challenges and opportunities that come with such collaborations, as well as strategies for building and maintaining successful international partnerships. During the workshop, participants will explore current and emerging international partnership models, review any existing or potential partnerships, and begin developing an institutional strategy.
Upon completion of this module, participants will have reviewed essential aspects of international partnerships, traditional and emerging. Participants will have insight into their own institution’s alignment with best practice with a vision for moving forward.
Module 2: Best Practices on Partnership Development and Management
This module is designed to help higher education institutions maximize the value of their collaborations with partners across borders. The session will cover a range of topics related to optimizing international partnerships, including how to identify and prioritize potential partners, how to negotiate and structure agreements, and how to measure and assess the impact and success of partnerships. The session will also explore best practices and tips for maintaining and strengthening partnerships over time, as well as strategies for overcoming common challenges that may arise. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field and participate in interactive discussions and exercises to help them apply these concepts to their own institution’s partnerships.
Upon completion of this module, participants will understand the strategy behind successful international partnership development and maintenance, in addition to be being well positioned to contribute to the broader discussion on this topic in the field.
Module 3: Assessing the Quality of International Academic Partnerships
The final module of the Institute is focused on the ongoing process of assessing and supporting collaborations between higher education institutions in different countries. The session will explore different approaches to evaluating the effectiveness of international partnerships, including the use of metrics and data analysis, stakeholder feedback, and case studies. It will also discuss strategies for addressing any issues or challenges that may arise in partnerships, and for identifying opportunities for growth and expansion. During the workshop, participants will have the chance to learn from experts and peers about best practices for maintaining and enhancing international partnerships over the long term.
Upon completion of this module, participants will understand how to establish and measure metrics related to international partnership performance, and they will be well equipped to guide strategic thinking with institution leaders.
Presentations & Discussion: Monday, May 8, 2023, 1-2:00pm ET

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.

Spring 2023 - Certificate of Completion

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.

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.


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 ralmoguera@gatewayinternational.org or to Dr. George F. Kacenga at gkacenga@gatewayinternational.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:

Our Spring 2023 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.

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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