Gateway Solutions provides a broad range of consulting services to support institutions and organizations around the world with effectively navigating the next generation of international education.

Elevating Leaders

Gateway Solutions is elevating the next generation of international education leaders through Gateway Executive Search services and professional development and training provided by Gateway Leadership Institute.
Gateway Executive Search provides boutique executive search services to institutions and organizations seeking highly professional and skilled practitioners engaged at all levels of the international education profession. Gateway retains a team of executive search consultants, themselves professional international educators, with extensive networks through which to identify and recruit diverse talent.  Next generation international education leadership starts here.
Gateway Leadership Institute prepares the next generation of international education leaders.  With a team of experienced and knowledgeable facilitators, the Gateway Leadership Institute offers customized in-person and online training for faculty, scholars, administrators, and other international educators seeking to develop and enhance global learning initiatives at their institutions. Gateway provides a complimentary mentorship program aimed at connecting emerging professionals with experienced international education leaders.

Elevating Performance

Gateway Solutions provides strategic assistance to institutions and organizations with elevating key performance metrics and leveraging best practices in international programming, bringing specific expertise in areas related to education abroad programming, international student and scholar services, and international partnerships and linkages.

Education Abroad Programming​
At Gateway, we understand that education abroad has grown in importance to contemporary students and recognize that providing high-quality, affordable, and accessible programming is of paramount importance to higher education institutions. Gateway has considerable experience providing leadership and support to institutions and can address a broad range of education abroad performance areas. Specific areas of expertise include the following:
International Student and Scholar Services​
Each year, over 5.3 million higher education students from around the world study abroad. In 2019, over 1 million international students studied in the U.S., contributing over $41 billion to the U.S. economy. Gateway recognizes the importance of recruiting the world’s best and brightest students and the diversity they bring to our campuses and communities. Gateway provides expertise in a wide range of performance areas in international student recruitment and retention, including the following:
International Partnerships and Linkages​
Gateway provides assistance to higher education institutions by establishing and stewarding international partnerships and linkages that are truly sustainable, synergistic and based on shared and reciprocal interests. Specific areas of expertise include the following.

Elevating Institutions

Gateway Solutions provides strategic assistance to institutions and organizations navigating complex international issues, bringing specific expertise in areas related to operational management, international market research and analysis, and institutional rankings and global standing.
To award academic credit for work completed off campus, most institutions require that students produce an official transcript from an accredited institution. To bridge this gap, non-accredited host organizations generally must enter into a School of Record relationship. Gateway assists with establishing and managing School of Record relationships. We support both educational organizations seeking to establish an SOR relationship and accredited institutions seeking to provide SOR services.
The international education space is complex, made only more challenging by the pandemic, the panoply of country-specific regulations, and the array of health, safety, and risk concerns abroad. Gateway International Group is distinguished by its expertise in international higher education, including its understanding of best practices in international health, safety, security and risk management issues. We understand what is needed, how to audit existing systems, troubleshoot areas of potential duty of care liability, how to frame new risk management structures, and how to secure buy-in for those systems and structures across the institutional enterprise.

Market Research & Analysis

In an era of increasing standardization and accountability, it is strategically important that institutions be able to produce data that reinforce the importance of higher education generally and demonstrate how international education efforts specifically enhance and extend institutional missions, values, and priorities. Gateway assists institutions around the world with accurately gathering and effectively utilizing institutional and external data for long-term strategic planning and advocacy. This often includes benchmarking research, market analysis, preparing policy briefs, etc.

International Rankings

Global university rankings have an increasing impact on higher education institutions, influencing, for example, the decisions of future international students in their choice of institutions, international degree recognition, the development of institutional partnerships and linkages, alumni loyalty, global brand recognition, faculty recruitment, etc. In short, rankings are perceived as a global measure of institutional quality and prestige and an institution’s absence can seriously hamper international aspirations. Gateway assists institutions with leveraging global university rankings and subject-area rankings to their advantage.

Let’s Connect
If you would like to discuss Gateway Solutions with our team, we’ll be happy to schedule a conversation to go over your specific needs.

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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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.