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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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
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.  


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