Senior International Officers

Essential Roles and Responsibilities




senior international officers


As internationalization efforts in higher education have grown in scale and impact over the last few decades, sound institutional leadership, policies, and practices that are rooted in a clear appreciation of the purpose of internationalization have become even more crucial for advancing socially responsible standards of success (Brandenburg et al., 2019). Areas such as developing a strategic plan for internationalization and fostering institutional partnerships globally are key responsibilities that require effective leadership and are critical for higher education institutions (Kwai, 2017). Senior International Officers: Essential Roles and Responsibilities is one of the few existing guides on the emerging role of the Senior International Officer (SIO), an administrative position often tasked with the oversight of all matters relating to internationalization. 

Author Biography

Adesola Ogundimu, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, USA

ADESOLA OGUNDIMU, PhD, is an Instructional Designer at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. She holds a PhD in Instructional Technology from Ohio University. Her research and instructional design work focus on digital equity and inclusion in learning environments, particularly, issues surrounding non-traditional and international students’ use of digital learning technologies in various educational contexts.


Brandenburg, U., de Wit, H., Jones, E., & Leask, B. (2019). Internationalisation in higher education for society. University World News, 20.

Di Maria, D. (2019). Senior international officer roles and responsibilities. In Di Maria, D. (Ed.) Senior international officers: Essential roles and responsibilities (pp. 3-20). NAFSA

Kwai, C. K. (2017). The SIO profile: A preliminary analysis of the survey on senior international education officers, their institutions and offices. Durham, NC: Association of International Education Administrators.




How to Cite

Ogundimu, A. (2020). Senior International Officers: Essential Roles and Responsibilities. Journal of International Students, 10(3), 790–793.