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Center for International Higher Education

Philip G. Altbach

honors and activities

Professional Experience

J. Donald Monan SJ Professorship in Higher Education, 1996-2013

Professor of Higher Education, School of Education, Boston College, 1994-2013

Research Professor, 2013-current

Director, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College, 1994-current

Professor, Department of Educational Organization, Administration and Policy, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1975-1994 (Programs in Higher Education and Foundations of Education); Department Chair, 1985-88; Acting Chair, 1991, and Acting Chair, Spring, 1993.

Senior Associate, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 1992-1996

Director, Comparative Education Center, SUNY at Buffalo, 1977-1994

Adjunct Professor, School of Information and Library Studies, SUNY at Buffalo, 1982-1994

Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology, SUNY at Buffalo, 1992-1994

Visiting Professor, School of Education, Stanford University, 1988-89; Visiting Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1988-89, Summer, 1994

Visiting Associate, Center for Studies on Higher Education, University of California at Berkeley, 1981

Assistant to Associate Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies and Department of Indian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1967-1975 (Associate Chair, Department of Educational Policy Studies, 1970-71)

Lecturer on Education, Harvard University, 1965-1967


Honorary Profesor at the National Research University- Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation.

Marta Houlihan Award for Distinguished Service to International Education from NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Elected as a Fellow, International Academy of Education at the Royal Academy of Science, Literature and Arts in Brussels.

Howard Bowen Distinguished Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education, 2008.

Distinguished Scholarship Award from the Higher Education Special Interest Group of the Comparative and International Education Society.

Distinguished Scholar Leader, Fulbright New Century Scholar Program, 2007-2008.

Guest Professor at the Graduate School of Education of Peking University, China and the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China.

Listed in
Who's Who in America (1988 through current editions)
Who's Who in the East (1986 through current editions)
Who's Who in Finance and Management (1991 and 1992 editions)

Fulbright professorships, India (1968) and Singapore-Malaysia (1984).

Fellowships from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the German Academic Exchange Service.

Guest Professorship at Peking University, Xiamen University, and the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China.

Visiting professorship at the Institut de Sciencies Politique (SciencesPo), Paris.

Taiwan government senior scholar.

Editorial Experience

Editor, International Higher Education, 1995-current.

Editor, The Review of Higher Education, 1996-2004.

North American Executive Editor, International Journal of Educational Development, 1989-1994.

Co-Editor, Educational Policy, 1986-2004. Associate editor, 2004-current.

Editor, Comparative Education Review, 1978-1988.

North American Editor, Higher Education, 1974-1995.

Series Editor, Pergamon Publishers Book Series on Comparative Education, 1985-1994 (series previously at Praeger Publishers, 1977-84).

Series Editor, SUNY Press book series, New Directions in Education, 1984-current.

Series Editor, RoutledgeFalmer Dissertation Book Series in Higher Education, 2000-current.


Regular contributor of articles to the Boston GlobeJapan TimesChristian Science MonitorTimes of India,South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), The Hindu (Chennai, India), Milenio (Mexico City), and other newspapers.

Book reviews have appeared in such publications as Harvard Educational ReviewHigher Education Policy, American Political Science ReviewComparative Education ReviewJournal of Higher EducationHigher Education, and other publications.

Chair of the International Advisory Committee of the Graduate School of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

Member of the International Advisory Committee of the National Research University-Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.