Charting the Future of International Education

Fall 2020

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.


Launching Fall 2020, the inaugural Gateway Leadership Institute will provide 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, and coaching, the Institute will engage 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, the Institute is focused on promoting the development of essential knowledge and skills that transcend any specific professional focus.

The Fall 2020 Institute has three objectives, all of which coalesce around the need to support forward-looking thinking and action in shaping a new generation of international higher education:

In addition, each participant will be introduced to a coach, who will provide 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. 

Target Participation

The Fall 2020 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 2020 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. Participants will be expected to fully participate in all aspects of the Institute. The Institute is scheduled to commence in Fall 2020.

Institute Format

The Fall 2020 Gateway Leadership Institute will consist of three similarly structured modules each including, 1.) a public webinar facilitated by an international panel of subject area experts, 2.) an interactive workshop facilitated by Drs. Rosa Almoguera and George Kacenga, and 3.) an individual coaching session with an assigned Gateway coach.

Institute Facilitators

The Fall 2020 Gateway Leadership Institute will consist of three similarly structured modules each including, 1.) a public webinar facilitated by an international panel of subject area experts (60 minutes), 2.) an interactive workshop facilitated by Drs. Rosa Almoguera and George Kacenga (90 minutes) and 3.) an individual coaching session with an assigned Gateway coach (60 minutes).

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.


In this module, participants will be introduced to methods of strategic planning and design thinking for international education that address outcomes and the need for revenue generation. In the webinar, leaders from the profession will discuss best practices and case studies in systems and design thinking and strategy, and the critical role of data and evidence. In the workshop, participants will develop a strategy for improving their office/organization/institution and a “theory of change” for creating a new architecture for the future of international education. The focus of the workshop will be on the application of these frameworks to concepts in international education, the expected impact, and how the impact is measured. In an individual coaching session, participants will discuss the kinds of partnerships and leadership skills needed to enact their strategic plan or vision.

Upon completion of this module, participants will understand essential concepts of strategic modeling, design thinking, and have the ability to put those concepts into action. Participations will have begun developing a leadership portfolio with potential alliances or partnerships.


In this module, participants will learn about emerging modalities in integrated education, including new directions in curriculum internationalization, integrated program design, and student success outcomes. Integrated education focuses on providing equitable access to international learning and engagement for all learners by intentionally integrating international expectations into the curricula and life of the institution. This module is designed to engage participants in a discussion of the shifting demands of this new era of higher education and in a way that broadens the focus beyond mobility education to consider other modalities along the continuum of international learning and engagement.

Upon completion of this module, participants will understand new and emerging modalities along the continuum of international learning and engagement and how to leverage integrated program design as a means to develop new and responsive programming for next generation learners.


At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual international learning quickly moved from the periphery to mainstream consideration. As new and robust education technologies emerge, international educators will be challenged to consider how best to leverage these platforms and services to enhance all forms of international learning and engagement. In this module, innovative platforms such as Online Program Management (OPM), new technologies to support virtual intercultural and language learning and international student recruitment, and new approaches to course exchange and alliances will be presented and discussed.

Upon completion of this module, participants will understand new directions in educational technology and new approaches for leveraging these developments to enhance international learning and engagement.


To enable the diverse representation of mid-career international educators to participate in this professional development o1pportunity, 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 USD $150, which includes access to all webinars, workshops, and one-on-one coaching. With anticipated high demand, participants must apply for participation. Participants will only be billed if admitted into the program. Select participants may be invited to serve as mentors to future Institute cohorts. (Those international educators in career transition due to the COVID-19 pandemic may register for a discounted rate of $100.)

Applications Now Closed for Fall 2020

Applications are due no later than 8:00am ET, Monday, October 4, 2020. Decisions will be made within one week of the application deadline.

Applications must include:


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

Our Fall 2020 Sponsors

With sincere gratitude to the generous sponsorship of the following organization, Gateway is able to offer the Gateway Leadership Institute this fall at minimal 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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