Global Higher Ed. Conference Slated

Thirty key academic leaders from Latin America and other parts of the world will convene at Boston College May 27-30 to discuss the challenges of private higher education across the globe.

Sponsored by the Boston College Center for International Higher Education with support from the Ford Foundation, "Private Higher Education in International Perspective" will spotlight the social responsibility of private universities in developing countries, according to the center's director, Monan Professor of Education Philip Altbach.

If Jesuit universities have traditionally reached out to the non-elite while tailoring studies to encourage a regard for social justice, Altbach said, this has seldom been the case at other private universities in the developing nations of Latin America and elsewhere.

Boston College, with its Ignatian roots, is a fitting venue for the "beginning of a conversation about what private higher education should be doing in the world," Altbach said. "We're particularly pleased to host this conference to bring the social-responsibility question front and center and have private universities place it atop their agendas."

Altbach said other issues addressed at the conference will include the accreditation and financing of private universities in developing countries. Papers commissioned on various aspects of private higher education will be discussed at the conference and then published as a book.

Boston College presenters will include Altbach, Executive Vice President Frank Campanella, and Center for Higher Education Visiting Scholar Xavier Gorostiaga, SJ, rector of the Universidad Centroamericana in Managua, Nicaragua, and that nation's former minister of education.

- Mark Sullivan

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