The Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) promotes the belief that an international perspective is needed to foster enlightened policies and practices in higher education. With this mission, CIHE was founded in 1995 to advance knowledge about the complex realities of higher education in the contemporary world through its research, publications, training programs, and advisory activities. Its flagship publication International Higher Education is read widely around the world, in English as well as in Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese, French and Portuguese.
CIHE is also home to a new Master’s Program in International Higher Education. CIHE is already closely associated with the broader program in higher education administration at Boston College, which offers master's and doctoral degree study in the field of higher education. Students from these programs have served as research assistants and volunteers at the Center since its inception. CIHE and the programs in higher education administration are housed in the Lynch School of Education (LSOE) at Boston College, which has consistently been ranked among the top 25 graduate schools of education by U.S. News and World Report for the past 15 years.
CIHE is actively connected to other higher education research centers globally. Junior and senior scholars from around the world frequently participate in the Center’s activities as visiting scholars, research fellows, and project collaborators. The Center has a special interest in academic institutions in the Jesuit tradition and more broadly for Catholic higher education. It is also committed to promoting dialogue and cooperation between industrialized nations and developing countries. CIHE bases its work on the conviction that the future of higher education depends on effective collaboration and the creation of an international community.
In its first two decades, the Center was supported largely by a core grant from the Ford Foundation and by the Lynch School of Education and the Monan Chair at Boston College. Several other funders have helped sustain the center over the years, including the Toyota Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright Program), the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, and anonymous funders.