Philip G. Altbach

Philip G. Altbach is Monan University Professor and director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College. He is author and editor of many books on higher education themes including most recently, Leadership for World-class Universities: Challenges for Developing Countries (Routledge, 2010). He has been Distinguished Scholar Leader of the Fulbright New Century Scholars. His research focuses on research universities, developing countries, the academic profession, and related themes. For more information on Philip Altbach and CIHE visit:

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May 27, 2014
Frequently, when work is done at the request of an organization, government agency, or private firm, and published for public distribution, no author or editor is listed.
May 20, 2014
Controversial speakers and colleges leaders, not just those protesting, need to change their attitudes, writes Philip Altbach.
February 4, 2014
More countries and institutions thinking of international students as commodities to be traded are contributing to more volatility in the flow of international students, and this may have consequences for budgets and academic programs.
November 17, 2013
The World Bank has announced a “Centers of Excellence” initiative that will provide $158 million to a select group of African universities.
June 16, 2013
Are politicians more prone to this kind of hanky-panky than others in society? Is degree fakery and plagiarism a global epidemic?
February 10, 2013
We are teetering on a very fine line between the right of scholars to express informed opinion and the right of enterprises to be protected from libel. Yet the increasing threats of lawsuits inhibit expression as scholars weigh risks before voicing opinions. There are serious consequences for academic freedom.
December 3, 2012
If one looks around the world, the region perhaps least served by relevant research and analysis of higher education is sub-Saharan Africa.  
July 23, 2012
The OECD reports that four out of ten university graduates in the world will come from China or India by 2020 — and a major part of global enrolment is taking place in these two countries. This trend is an inevitable and entirely natural result of the global expansion of higher education — massification, population trends, and the growth of the economies of both countries.
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.
April 5, 2012
The United States is truly moving into the era of the commercialization of international higher education. International students, particularly, are being seen as “cash cows” that can bring in needed revenues at a time of austerity.


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