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Purdue University Northwest

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community. A single university of two campuses located 35 miles apart, Purdue Northwest is part of the internationally respected Purdue University system, Indiana’s land grant institution. Located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago and the Indiana Dunes National Park, we value academic excellence, support growth, and celebrate diversity.

The university is consistently ranked among the best regional universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges report and ranked third for campus ethnic diversity among Midwest public institutions in the most recent report. Engineering, computer science, and cybersecurity programs have earned national recognition. PNW also is recognized for social mobility among Midwest regional universities. PNW competes in NCAA Division II athletics, with more than 400 student-athletes on 20 teams. The university employs approximately 1,100 faculty and staff.

Purdue Calumet in Hammond, Indiana and Purdue North Central in Westville, Indiana each had 70 years of growth and accomplishments before they were redefined as a regional campus in 1962. In 2016, unification of the campuses resulted in the creation of Purdue University Northwest.

PNW’s larger scale provides enhanced opportunities for students, such as more choices in programs, a wider variety of shared online courses and more options for community engagement and professional development.

Facts about PNW

Mission and Vision

Purdue University Northwest transforms students’ lives and our metropolitan region through a diverse campus committed to innovative education, applied research and community engagement.

Purdue University Northwest’s Strategic Plan, Power Onward, provides the framework for goals and vision for the future.

Core Values

The faculty values experiential education as an important aspect of the academic preparation of students for their careers and for life, and voted to make experiential learning a graduation requirement at PNW beginning in 2017. As its vision statement declares, PNW will continue to focus on preparing students to be effective, ethical, and innovative leaders in their careers and communities through enhanced academic programming and integrative, experiential learning.

International Programs and Partnerships

The Office of International Programs and Partnerships is dedicated to providing all students with access to international programs and opportunities. The goals of the office are aligned with PNW’s strategic goals for the education of its students, that is,

  • a focus on student success and the integration of international experiences with PNW’s undergraduate curriculum.
  • access to opportunities for all students and all majors.
  • scholarship and funding opportunities.

The Director of International Programs and Partnerships will build upon and shape the portfolio of PNW partnerships, programs, and opportunities to focus on the skills, experience, and preparation students need to enter and contribute to a globally connected society.

Director of International Programs and Partnerships
Purdue University Northwest

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.