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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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
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.


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