Philip G. Altbach

Philip G. Altbach is research professor and the founding director of the Center for International Higher Education. He was the Monan University Professor at Boston College for two decades. He has held appointments at Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the State University of New York at Buffalo and has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. He was Distinguished Scholar Leader of the Fulbright New Century Scholars Program and was Fulbright Research Professor at the University of Mumbai, India. He is a Fellow of the American Education Research Association and was given the Houlihan Award by NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Howard Bowen Research Award by the Association for the Study of Higher Education. He has been appointed to honorary professorships by the National Research University–Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, and Peking University and Xiamen Universities in China and has been Onwell Fellow at the University of Hong Kong. Philip Altbach has written or edited more than 50 books. He has served as editor of the Review of Higher Education and the Comparative Education Review.
 

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September 28, 2017
Unfortunately, presidents have not spoken out or engaged in the debates about essentially all the key issues confronting colleges and universities today, argues Philip G. Altbach.
September 5, 2016
Education is education, and skills will come along with it, or are supplementary to it. The labor market changes so rapidly; thus people have to be trained for broader thinking in order to be adaptable.
February 8, 2016
There are some who insist that the university is constantly in a state of crisis, aggravated perhaps by political crisis.  I do not agree. 
October 18, 2015
Even in the age of the Internet, an effective university requires academic community. A neglected requirement of community is space — an actual physical space — where teaching staff and students meet.
August 30, 2015
While there is considerable anecdotal evidence that corruption is a serious international problem in higher education, it is difficult to define, confirm and catalog the phenomenon.
July 14, 2015
Politics exacerbate India’s higher education dilemmas at almost every level of development.
March 30, 2015
Moving in the wrong direction.  
January 2, 2015
As the Carnegie Classifications are revised in their new home, it's important to remember the importance of simplicity and clarity, writes Philip G. Altbach.
August 17, 2014
Peking U. will soon open Yenching Academy, a new one-year master's program in Chinese studies open to Chinese and international students and taught in English.
May 27, 2014
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July 1, 2012
Some observers have argued that distance education and the Internet will fundamentally change the nature of higher education in the coming decades. This is highly debatable for the system as a whole. But for the top tier universities, their traditional missions and the campus-based undergraduate experience is unlikely to change much.
March 13, 2012
The latest accoutrement of world-class universities, or those aspiring to world-class status, is an international advisory group. The useful goals of such committees, which meet on an occasional basis to review and evaluate the institution’s plans and performance, include bringing new ideas and analysis from the experience of academe beyond the borders and especially from the pinnacles of higher education globally, and hopefully assist the institution to understand itself and to improve. The committee members have a continuing relationship with the university and, presumably, a commitment to its welfare and improvement. 
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