International Partnerships and Collaborations
International Partnerships and Collaborations
Institutions around the world are rapidly expanding their international partnerships and collaborations in order to extend academic offerings, boost their international profile, enhance faculty engagement in international research, increase international student and scholar mobility flows, generate revenue, and much more.
At Gateway, we understand the complexity of sourcing and securing international partnerships and collaborations. We understand the cost and time involved in this process as well as the commitment required to effectively sustain partnerships over time. Gateway’s services have been designed to assist institutions with selecting, establishing, and sustaining strategic international partnerships and collaborations. Let Gateway help you enhance your global presence.
The many changes to higher education in recent years have led to new thinking around the value and potential of international partnerships and linkages. While most institutions have traditionally focused their efforts on establishing student exchange agreements and collaborative-research partnerships, many institutions are actively exploring new ways of engaging. This includes, for example, establishing academic continuity programs, forming collaborative degree programs, and setting up discipline-specific micro-campuses. With the mainstreaming of online learning, institutions are also increasingly engaged in COIL programming, course-level virtual exchange alliances, micro-credentialed programs, and blended learning off shore hubs.
Modern smart technology introduced by Industry 4.0 is transforming all facets of higher education, including international partnerships and collaborations. An array of educational organizations now provide savvy tools to assist institutions with the development and implementation of partnerships that include data and content management systems, interactive digital learning environments, and related platforms to facilitate international engagement.
In all respects, establishing and sustaining international partnerships and collaborations can be complex and requires considerable expertise and perseverance. Gateway is well-positioned to support institutions and organizations around the world with establishing and maintaining effective partnerships and collaborations.
Gateway recognizes that institutions and organizations often need assistance with locating specific international partners to advance particular strategies or initiatives. Through our extensive international network, Gateway is well-positioned to assist with locating and facilitating introductions to potential partners, whether they be peer institutions, organizations, providers, etc. Our six-step strategy has been designed to support all aspects of selecting, forming and stewarding new partnerships.
Gateway will facilitate credible introductions to potential partners based on established criteria. Gateway’s goal will be to facilitate agreements between our client and potential partners.
Gateway is comprised of highly professional and seasoned international educators who bring years of experience in higher education and have extensive knowledge of international partnerships and collaborations. Gateway will assign a team of experienced partnership consultants and other operational staff as needed to fit your goals.
Mr. Jesús Rosario is a Strategic Partnerships Executive at Coursera. Previously with QS, he supported universities globally with understanding the methodology of international rankings and devising data-driven institutional development strategies. He is based in the U.S.
We will conduct an initial intake call to discuss how best Gateway can support your needs.
Together, we will identify and assign primary liaisons to ensure effective and streamlined communication between Gateway and your institution or organization.
We will negotiate a detailed services agreement in accordance with an agreed upon scope of services.
Gateway will seek an introduction and orientation to your current systems, structures, and protocols vis-à-vis the scope of requested services.
For all contracted services, as appropriate, Gateway will prepare written reports on services rendered and recommendations proposed.
Depending on the nature of the assignment, Gateway will conduct periodic review and assessment meetings to discuss provided services and make modifications as needed.
Gateway prioritizes efficiency and affordability in our pricing. Our prices are flexible and tailored, generally determined on institution type, geographic location, ability to pay for services, etc. Gateway is prepared to be as flexible as possible in the best interests of our partnerships. Contracts are typically fixed term and may also be incentivized with performance-based metrics.
Gateway International Group has made the commitment to allocate 5% of revenue to support traditionally underrepresented student participation in international learning and engagement. We have designated the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) as a recipient of funds gathered through Gateway’s Virtual Education Abroad Office. FEA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented in U.S. education abroad.
NAFSA’s Guide to International Partnerships: Developing Sustainable Academic Collaborations. Edited by Jane Gatewood
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Verto Education offers the first year education abroad programming. Participants can gain admission to Verto’s 70+ partner institutions, where the credits earned while abroad count towards graduation. Participants have many options available after their time with Verto, allowing them to stay on track to graduate.
InUni serves as a comprehensive educational platform connecting students, universities, and recruitment partners around the world. With a focus on personalized solutions catering to the distinct needs of each institution, InUni specializes in promoting student diversity, driving international enrollment growth, and establishing campuses in key locations.
Dr. Rachid Bendriss is an ESL faculty and Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment, Outreach, and Foundation programs at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q). He graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) with an MA in TESOL and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. Dr. Bendriss provides a dynamic and forward-looking leadership to attract underrepresented student talent through innovative pathway programs and engaged relationship-building. To strengthen long-term partnerships with education stakeholders, Dr. Bendriss established creative initiatives focused on effective college readiness for prospective students, yielding a significant number of highly motivated applicants from Qatar, the GCC, and the entire MENA region.
Prior to joining WCM-Q, Dr. Bendriss was a faculty member at Valencia College and UCF, where he also assumed several administrative leadership roles, such as Assistant Director for the Center for Multilingual Multicultural Studies and the International Services Center, leading institutional global initiatives to internationalize curricula.
At WCM-Q, Dr. Bendriss serves as chair and member of numerous committees, task forces, and advisory boards focused on curriculum reform, admissions, student research experience, educational technology, academic readiness, and student advising. Dr. Bendriss has lectured and written extensively on the internationalization of higher education, recruitment and enrollment management, academic English development, information fluency, and college readiness.
A scholar-practitioner, Dr. Bendriss received the prestigious U.S. Department of State Fulbright Award of International Education, the distinguished Florida Association of International Education Annual Award, and multiple Teaching Excellence Awards.
Gateway Service Areas:
– Student recruitment and outreach
– Program and curriculum development
– Higher education administration and leadership
– ESL and foundation programs
Nico Evers is an international education consultant, trainer, and researcher with three decades of experience in the field of internationalization of education, working in Europe, the US, Africa, and Latin America. Most recently he worked as Director of Higher Education Services at the Council of International Schools, where he led all aspects of Higher Education membership globally and its interface with member schools. Prior to joining CIS he worked for nine years as Director of International Academic Relations and Professor of Global Internships at EARTH University, Costa Rica. He enjoys contributing to the international education field as a researcher, member of NAFSA’s trainer corps, and peer reviewer of The Journal of Studies in International Education (JSIE), Frontiers journal, and QUIP.
Dr. Sabine C. Klahr has over twenty years of leadership experience in international higher education. She is currently the Associate Vice Provost for Penn State Global at The Pennsylvania State University after serving in international education leadership roles at several higher education institutions in the United States. Her doctorate focused on international education leadership and included a dissertation on the integration of education abroad in engineering education. Dr. Klahr was President of the Association for International Education Administrators (AIEA) and has served in volunteer leadership roles for other major international education associations. She regularly contributes her expertise and knowledge of trends and issues in the field of international education via publications, consulting, and presentations.
Gateway Service Areas:
– Internationalization strategy
– International partnerships
– Integrating global learning in the curriculum,
– Trends and current issues in international higher education leadership
Dr. Yuichi Kondo received his degree from the University of Minnesota majoring in intercultural communication and international education. While in his tenure at Nanzan University, he was responsible for managing the international office and developing a large intercultural immersion program and a system of international student recruitment. After he moved to Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in 2006, he also designed several intercultural programs and campus internationalization scheme for the university. While working on the outbound programs, he also served as the Dean of Admissions for 9 and a half years being responsible for the recruitment of both Japanese and non-Japanese students. Professionally, he has been active in a few professional international education organization such as APAIE, JAFSA, and NAFSA.
Mark S. Lazar is a senior international education expert and non-profit leader, with experience in new business development, strategic planning, program design and management, relationship management and global operations, As President and Co-Founder of Open World Solutions (OWS), Mark assists higher education institutions and global organizations to develop impactful international education initiatives.
Prior to OWS, he worked at the Institute of International Education (IIE) for 25 years, rising to the level of Vice President and serving as a key member of the organization’s leadership team. During his time at IIE, he implemented successful new education and scholarship programs with the U.S. State Department, NYU, GE, Alcoa, Rockefeller Foundation, Schwarzman Scholars Program and many others. Mark is also experienced at leading large international teams and managing operations in locations across the globe.
Jesús Rosario is a Strategic Partnerships Executive at Coursera. He works closely on projects aimed at helping promote diversity, equity, and inclusion and support alternative admission pathways for disadvantaged students. His work incorporates pursuing new partnerships, strategic business development, and designing solutions to support universities in online learning, student recruitment and retention, micro-credentialing, and internationalization.
Before his role at Coursera, Jesús served as a Regional Director at QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the QS World University Rankings publisher in London. He supported university leadership globally in understanding the methodology of international rankings and devising data-driven institutional development strategies. He also worked as a consultant supporting universities to increase international student recruitment and improve their branding among academic peers, students, and employers.
Vibha Sharma has been active in the field of international education for more than two decades. Her professional journey encompasses study abroad; administration – especially partnership building; and consultancy. A notable assignment was with the University of Chicago where she worked with the senior leadership of the university as Consultant, to establish a University of Chicago Academic Center in Delhi. Prior to that, she served as Director, Office of U.S. – India Higher Education Cooperation at U.S. India Education Foundation, established at the behest of the State Department of the U.S. government. She has also worked with IES Abroad (Chicago) and World Learning’s School of International Training (Brattleboro, Vermont). Most recently, she has participated in United Nations regional deliberations in Manila and in Kathmandu, on the subject of regularizing international Migration.
Vibha has studied in Delhi University and has a background in English Literature and Communications. She has been the recipient of an Australian Government Scholarship Award and has done graduate studies work in Murdoch University and also at McGill University. She lives in India with her husband; their one son is currently a working actor in Hollywood and Toronto.
Gateway Service Areas:
– Partnerships & linkages(India)
– International campus development
– International student recruitment (South Asia)
– Education abroad
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.
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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.