International Partnerships and Collaborations
International Partnerships and Collaborations
The changes to higher education brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and related contextual factors has led to new thinking around international partnerships and linkages. Most institutions have traditionally focused their efforts on establishing student exchange agreements and collaborative-research partnerships. More recently, some institutions have expanded their partnership efforts by establishing collaborative degree programs, including dual and joint-degree programs. With varying levels of success, some institutions have also established international branch campuses targeting local and regional students.
Today, with the mainstreaming of online learning and engagement, institutions around the world are moving forward with establishing micro-campuses abroad, creating in-country academic continuity programs for international students, forming discipline-specific consortia, partnering with institutions abroad to deliver micro-credentialed programs, forming course-level, virtual exchange alliances and much more.
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 around the world with realizing robust strategies for international partnerships and collaborations.
Alas, many institutions around the world have maintained the proverbial filing cabinet overflowing with memoranda of understanding that are either long forgotten, or outdated, and institutional exchange agreements that are woefully out-of-balance. Many agreements are singularly focused and lack multifaceted areas of collaboration that promote synergy across an institution and ensure sustainability. It is time to think differently.
In this new era of higher education, institutions must be more intentional about their international partnerships and collaboration. It is important to think strategically about how best to shape an international portfolio in ways that extend institutional capacity and align with institutional mission and goals.
Gateway’s services have been designed to support those institutions who are just getting started with international partnerships, those that need reassurance and/or assessment regarding existing practices, and those that are ready to implement an aggressive approach to expanding their global footprint. No matter where your institution is on that continuum – from “start-ups,” to “clean-ups,” to “expansion”, Gateway is here to help.
Gateway recognizes that at times institutions need assistance with locating specific international partners needed to advance particular strategies or initiatives. Through our extensive international network, Gateway is well-positioned to assist with locating and vetting potential partners whether they be peer institutions, organization, providers, etc. Gateway can locate ideal partners based on your criteria, vet as needed, and provide a “short-list” for consideration and introduction. Gateway can also assist contract negotiation and stewardship.
Gateway offers a “one-stop” strategy to assist institutions around the world with developing and sustaining strategic international partnerships. Our six-step strategy has been designed to support institutions with all aspects of developing and sustaining new partnerships, from an initial needs assessment to ongoing stewardship. This Gateway service will be helpful to those institutions that are pursuing particularly complex partnerships as well as those that just need additional assistance with ensuring a smooth and efficient process.
Gateway can recommend potential areas for new and/or expanded areas for international partnerships and collaboration with the goal of creating and solidifying a comprehensive strategy for international partnerships.
Gateway works with a diverse array of institutions and organizations around the world. Our services are customized to our partner institutions’ needs and budgets. Gateway particularly welcomes institutions and organizations located outside of the United States, with whom we can also assist with international partnerships and collaborations. We are here to help.
Gateway’s services should not be perceived as legal counsel or advice, but rather as an advisory function to help your institution align with best practices in the international education industry. Gateway is well-equipped to provide trusted guidance, but ultimately your institution to determines whether to implement any recommendations provided by Gateway.
We understand that effective partnerships develop from close collaboration, trust and mutual respect. We take the time to understand your institution’s priorities, level of risk tolerance and culture related to international health, safety, security and risk mitigation preparedness and response so that we can provide the best services possible. Our process generally includes these steps:
We will conduct an initial intake and needs assessment 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.
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 institution’s current institutional systems, structures, and protocols vis-à-vis the scope of requested services.
For all contracted services, as appropriate, Gateway will prepare final 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 understands the financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on institutions and organizations around the world and as such, prioritizes efficiency and affordability in our pricing. Our prices are flexible and tailored, generally determined on project scope and expectations. Gateway is prepared to navigate future uncertainties in higher education in partnership with our clients and be as flexible as possible in the best interests of our partnerships. Contracts are typically fixed term and based on a one-time, pre-determined fee.
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.
MoveON is a data and insights-based SaaS platform for international offices invested in tracking and managing their international relationships. The software helps institutions deepen partnerships and track progress toward internationalization goals. MoveON can be quickly deployed and is highly customizable, making it easy to collect, manage and share data on an institution’s global footprint.
Developing Strategic International Partnerships: Models for Initiating and Sustaining Innovative Institutional Linkages. Edited by Susan Buck Sutton and Daniel Obst.
Globalizing University Research: Innovation, Collaboration, and Competition. By Karen Holbrook and Kiki Caruson
Global Perspectives on International Joint and Double Degree Programs. Edited by Mathias Kuder, Nina Lemmens and Daniel Obst
NAFSA’s Guide to International Partnerships: Developing Sustainable Academic Collaborations. Edited by Jane Gatewood
Gateway stands ready to work with you on providing affordable, cost-effective solutions to meet your education abroad needs. Contact us today to start the conversation and learn more about our innovative approaches for enhancing the full spectrum of education abroad programming and operations.
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Ismael Betancourt currently serves as the Chief Global Officer and Assistant Provost for Global Education at Radford University in Radford Virginia. Prior to joining Radford University, Betancourt served as Senior International Officer at various institutions around the United States, including Director of the Office of International Services at Saint Louis University, Executive Director of International Education at Xavier University (Cincinnati), and Vice President for Student Life, International Education and Auxiliary Services at Upper Iowa University. He also worked at Northern Arizona University as the Director of Education Abroad. Prior to his career in higher education he worked in IT.
Mr. Betancourt has over 22 years of education in domestic and international higher education. Throughout his extensive experience he has centralized and led all aspects of an international office (IEM, ISSS, EA and ESL); overseen branch campuses in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Mexico; and managed programs in Spain and Nicaragua. He has also acquired expert knowledge in the areas of accreditation compliance, international and domestic enrollment management, financial aid, registrar, student affairs and IT.
Mr. Betancourt has been a member, and occupied leadership positions, at various organizations in the field of international education including NAFSA, AIEA and AIRC, among others. He is past Chair, and a current member, of the Certification Commission at AIRC.
Mr. Betancourt earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and International Studies and an Executive Masters in International Business from Saint Louis University. He is currently is pursuing a doctoral program (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University.
– Branch Campus Development and Management
– International Partnerships and Complex Collaborations
– International Education Leadership (EM, EA, ISSS and ESL)
– International Strategic Planning
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.
– International student recruitment (in Asia)
– International education program design
– Campus internationalization
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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.
– Education Abroad
– International education leadership development
– Intercultural education and engagement
– International partnerships and linkages
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.
– Student services
– Education abroad programming
– Institutional partnerships
– Education and training