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Philip G. Altbach


Philip Altbach is a regular contributor to several online publications, including University World News and the blog The World View. Philip Altbach is also publishing systematically in International Higher Education - you can find his articles by using the search feature on the website.

Other newspaper articles and online contributions are listed below:


"Complete autonomy for top 20 institutes of excellence, says former UGC chairman". Quoted in the news. The Indian Express (April 09, 2017) [link]

"Revolutions ahead in international student mobility", withHans deWit. University World News (April 07, 2017) [link]
"Anarchy and exploitation in scientific communication". University World News (March 31, 2017) [link]

"Global higher education ‘faces anarchy’ after unchecked expansion" contribution to Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education (March 24, 2017) [link]

"Global higher education might turn upside down as West turns inward", with Hans deWit. Times Higher Education (February 16, 2017) [link]

"Dark Clouds over American Academia", with Hans deWit. The Hindu (February 14, 2017) [link]

"The role of international faculty in the mobility era", with Maria Yudkevich. University World News (January 27, 2017) [link]

"Why most universities should quit the rankings game", with Ellen Hazelkorn. University World News (January 08, 2017) [link]

"President Trump worries some international students" VOA Education (November 26,  2016) [link]

"Now we face the (temporary?) end of American internationalism", with Hans deWit. University World News (November 11, 2016) [link]

"America's watershed election" with Hans deWit. University World News (October 28, 2016) [link]

"Getting in: How a Chinese company bought access to admissions officers at top U.S. colleges", by: Steve Stecklow, Renee Dudley, James Pomfret and Alexandra Harney. Reuters (Oct. 14, 2016) [link]

"Singapore Reflections". The World View, Inside Higher Ed. (September 5, 2016) [link]

"Broad-based learning 'more relevant now'", The Straits Time (Aug. 15, 2016) [link]

"Are international advisory councils the future?", with Georgiana Mihut and Jamil Salmi. University World News (July 01, 2016) [link]

"China’s glass ceiling and feet of clay". University World News (February 19, 2016) [link]

"The Ups and Downs of Building and Sustaining World Class Universities". The World View, Inside Higher Ed. (February 8, 2016) [link]

(with Maria Yudkevich and Laura Rumbley) “Everyone’s a Winner,” Times Higher Education (Aug. 27, 2015). P. 26.

“Getting Real About Rankings,” The Hindu (October 22, 2014), p. 7.

"Why do Indians want to study abroad?", The Hindu (Sept 4. 2014) [link]

"A Priceless Chart for Deep Waters", The Hindu (Aug 18. 2014) [link]

“Essential Steps in Creating an Academic Oasis,” Times Higher Education(May 22, 2014), p. 19

"Forget the rankings - India must focus on the quality of its higher education", The Indian Express (April 10. 2014) [link]

"Bright, young and mobile things", with David Engberg, New Statesman in association with the British Council (March 21-27. 2014) [link]

"India is world-class nation without world-class varsities: Philip G Altbach", Business Standard (Dec 24. 2013) [link]

"MOOCs as Neocolonialism: Who Controls Knowledge?", The Chronicle of Higher Education (Dec 4. 2013) [link]

"Los misterios de los rankings", El Mercurio (Nov 28. 2013) [link]

"Getting the IITs back on top", THE Hindu (Oct 22. 2013) [link]

"Branch campuses in UAE come with bogey of western culture", (Sept 18. 2013) [link]

"International branch campuses’ key role in the UAE", The National (Sept 18. 2013) [link]

“Ill-educated Politics,” The Hindu (August 10, 2013), p. 12.

“Ranking Obsessions and India’s Education Needs,” The Hindu (April 16, 2013), p. 12.

“The Overuse of Rankings,” The Hindu (March 9, 2013), p 8.

(With P. Agarwal). “Scoring Higher on Education.” The Hindu (Feb. 12, 2013), 14. (Also appeared in University World News).

“The Num6ers Game (The Numbers Game)", IB World (2012), pp.10-13. [link to download]

(with Qi Wang) “Can China Keep Rising?,” Scientific American (October 3, 2012), pp. 46-47. [link to download]

“Shutting Down Schools for Scandal,” The Hindu (August 11, 2012). [link to download]

“Corruption in Higher Education,” Vedimosti (Moscow)  (July 25, 2012) . In Russian.

“Right Concept, Wrong Place,” The Hindu (July 5, 2012). [link to download]

(with Ivan Pacheco) “Give the Professor a Raise,” The Hindu (Chennai, India), April 16, 2012, p. 16.

(with Jamil Salmi) “Sage Advice,” Times Higher Education (February 16, 2012), pp. 40-43. [link to download]

“Temples and World-Class Universities,” The Hindu (July 20, 2011). [link to download]

“Slovenia: World Class Universities? Mladina (July 5, 2011), pp. 25-7.  (In Slovenian)

“Reforming Higher Education in the Middle East” The Hindu (May 26, 2011), p. 10.  (Also appeared in University World News)

“Money is the Least of their Worries,” Times Higher Education (May 19, 2011), p. 19.

(with Liz Reisberg) “Ditch the School Recruiters,” Japan Times (May 13, 2011), p. 14.

(wtth Liz Reisberg) “Third-party Recruiters: Essential Dilemmas,”  The Hindu (February 12, 2011)  (Chennai, India).

(with Vancessa Fong) “School Achievement: Let’s Not Worry Too Much About Shanghai,” Education Week (January 12, 2011), pp. 28-29.  (Also appeared in The  Hindu (Chennai, India))

(With Vanessa Fong) “Let's Not Worry Too Much about Shanghai,” The Hindu (December 16, 2010), p. 12.

“Training  University Administrators: Should Management Schools Do It?” The Hindu (December 8, 2010), p. 10.

(with N. Jayram) “Can India Garner the Demographic Dividend,” The Hindu (Chennai, India) (December 1, 2010),  p. 17.

“Trouble with Numbers,” Times Higher Education (September 22, 2010), pp. 48-50.

(with Eldro Mathews) “Dilemmas of Equality in Educaiton,” The Hindu (September 2, 2010), -. 10.

“Grand Plan or Mission Impossible?” Times Higher Education (August 4, 2010), p. 17.

“Emerging Signs of Maturity,” Times Higher Education (June 24, 2010), p. 17.

“Enter the dragons? Not so fast,” Times Higher Education (June 17, 2010), pp. 36-37. [link to download]

“Something New Under the Sun,” Times Higher Education (March 5, 2010), p. 15

“India’s Open Door to Foreign Universities,” The Hindu (April 7, 2010) (Chennai, India), p. 20.

“Global Revolution,” Times Higher Education (November 25, 2009), p. 33-34.

“Is the Open Door in Higher Education Desirable?” The Hindu (June 2, 2009), (Chennai, India) p. 11.

“It’s the Faculty, Stupid,” Times Higher Education, (London) (April 30, 2009, pp. 41-42..  (also published in Chinese in Jiefang Daily (April 28, 2009), p. 8.

“One-third of the Globe: The Future of Higher Education in China and India,” Prospects (2009), pp. 15-27.

“Towards Creation of World Class Universities” The Hindu (New Delhi) (October 23, 2008).

“Dangerous Neglect of the Humanities,” Education World (Balgalore, India) (September 2008), p. 32

Philip Altbach, "Beware of the Trojan Horse," The Hindu, July 16, 2008.

Philip Altbach, "Soft Sciences Faculties Essential to the Fabric of a Good University," South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), June 21, 2008.

Philip Altbach, "Hidden Cost of Open Access," Times Higher Education (London), June 5, 2008. [link to download]

Philip Altbach "Chinese Varsities Forging Ahead," Education World (Bangalore, India) (May 2008).

Philip Altbach, "The Subprime Market and International Higher Education," CAUT Bulletin (Canadian Association of University Teachers, Ottawa), April, 2008.

Philip G. Altbach, "The 'Global Market' Bubble," Times Higher Education (February 14, 2008).

Philip Altbach, "Cross Border Collaboration Realities," Education World (Bangalore, India), January, 2008.

Philip G. Altbach, "Vedanta University: a flawed pipe dream," The Hindu (August 29, 2007). (Chenai, India) (August 29, 2007). P. 16.

Philip G. Altbach, "China's Higher Education in an Open-Door Era," International Educator 16 (July-August 2007), pp. 15-19.

Philip G. Altbach, “Fast Track India’s Achilles Heel,” Education World (Bangalore) (July 2007), p. 22.

Philip G. Altbach and Gerard Postiglione, "Pendulum has swung too far to state authority," South China Morning Post (March, 2007).

Philip G. Altbach, "Intelligent Asia," Far Eastern Economic Review (January/February, 2007), pp. 53-57.

Philip G. Altbach, "What's in a Name?," Academe (January-February, 2006): 48-49.

Philip G. Altbach, "Higher Education in India," The Hindu (April 12, 2005),

N. Jayaram and Philip G. Altbach, "Confucius and the Guru: The Changing Status of the Academic Profession in China and India." Journal of Educational Planning and Administration, 20 (4), 2006: 395-410.