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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August 18, 2010
In international higher education, we are judged by the company we keep. Thus, it is of great importance that universities choose their partners carefully, make sure that their “brand” and reputation is protected, and that the partnership provides benefits to all sides.
August 8, 2010
A constant theme in discussions with Indian academics, government officials, and business people concerns the low quality of the country’s rapidly expanding higher education system. India now ranks third in size, after China and the United States. The current cumbersome, and ineffective accrediting system is being dismantled. The government is proposing a new system — how it may work is as yet unclear.
July 26, 2010
When The Economist (July 24-30, 2010, p. 43), one of the world’s most influential magazines, devotes attention to academic fraud in China, the issue has reached a high level of international attention. I wrote about this issue in the broader context of Asia’s efforts to gain global academic leadership in my article “Enter the Dragons? Not so Fast” (Times Higher Education, June 17, 2010, pp. 38-39). The Economist points to a number of egregious examples of academic dishonestly, plagiarism, misuse of academic degrees and awards in China.
July 14, 2010
The only surprise about the abrupt closing of Michigan State University’s branch campus in the Gulf is the timing — its demise was remarkably quick. The stated reason for the closing was that enrollments were short of expectations, but no doubt the underlying causes are more substantial. There are, of course, lessons to be learned.
July 1, 2010
A decade or more ago, the Australian government decided that international higher education could become a major income producer for the nation. The higher education sector was motivated to make money from international education by government budget cuts — revenue to be made up by entrepreneurial international activity. The essential goal of internationalization was moneymaking.
June 23, 2010
The Center for International Higher Education at Boston College presents a new blog, The World View, which will offer commentary, news, and analysis collected from an international network of experienced observers and researchers — global perspectives by global analysts. The opinions and analyses posted will be written to stimulate reflection and debate on the central issues facing higher education worldwide. Our community of bloggers will provide a wide range of viewpoints and perspectives.
September 15, 2008
Philip G. Altbach and Christine Musselin wonder if things are getting so bad that a new kind of ranking is called for.
May 8, 2006
A popular way of comparing scholars and institutions is having unintended negative consequences all over the world, writes Philip G. Altbach.

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