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Experiential education, reimagined.

Podium Education partners with leading higher-ed institutions to provide innovative, for-credit learning experiences focused on the development of tech skills and intercultural competency.

Podium Education is an emerging leader in online global learning that partners with colleges and universities around the world to deliver Global Tech programs that provide all students, regardless of academic discipline or ability to travel, with the in-demand tech skills and knowledge essential for successful careers in a globally interdependent world. Podium’s programs combine real-world case studies, exposure to industry leaders, and meaningful intercultural learning and engagement.

Podium Education provides $1,000,000 annually in scholarships to boost diverse student access to international learning and engagement.

Global Tech appeals to a greater number and diversity of students who have been traditionally underrepresented in education abroad.

Global Tech enables students to develop essential knowledge, skills and perspectives needed to jumpstart their global careers.

About Podium Education

Through their innovative Global Tech programs, Podium Education is charting a new path for next generation international learning and engagement.

Global Tech has emerged as an innovative and popular modality that couples the development of in-demand technology skills for the modern workforce with the intercultural competencies necessary for next generation success.

The architect of Global Tech programs, Podium Education brings together a network of renowned instructors to offer three distinct program tracks: digital marketing, coding and data analytics. Students in the digital marketing track learn how to launch and market products across the world using Shopify, Instagram and Google Ads. The coding track teaches students to build websites and applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The data analytics track teaches students how to make data-driven decisions with Excel and Tableau. Each track includes intercultural competency and leadership skills components focused on learning how to communicate and collaborate with diverse peers.

Global Tech programs are designed to Carnegie-unit specifications and delivered through a combination of asynchronous and synchronous global LiveLab experiences. From project-based collaboration to intercultural story circles, Podium’s academic and technical teams prepare students with tech skills and intercultural competencies necessary for global careers.

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Mark Beirn

AFFILIATE

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​

AFFILIATE

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.

Specialization Areas:

– Education Abroad
– International education leadership development
– Intercultural education and engagement
– International partnerships and linkages

Rosa Almoguera

AFFILIATE

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.
 

Specialization Areas:

– Student services
– Education abroad programming
– Institutional partnerships
– Education and training