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Philip Altbach

Founding Director & Research Professor, Center for International Higher Education


ELHE Educational Leadership & Higher Education


Philip G. Altbach is Research Professor and Founding Director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, where from 1994 to 2015 he was the Monan University Professor. He was the 2004-2006 Distinguished Scholar Leader for the New Century Scholars initiative of the Fulbright program, was given the Houlihan award for distinguished contributions to international education by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Bowen distinguished career award by the Association for the Study of Higher Education, and has been a senior associate of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2010, he was Erudite Scholar of the Government of Kerala. He has taught at Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin, and the State University of New York at Buffalo.

He is author of Global Perspectives on Higher Education, Turmoil and Transition, Student Politics in America, among other books. He also co-edited (with Jamil Salmi) The Road to Academic Excellence, (with Michael Bastedo and Patricia Gumport) American Higher Education in the 21st Century, the International Handbook of Higher Education, World Class Worldwide: Transforming Research Universities in Asia and Latin America and other books.

Dr. Altbach is a member of the Russian government’s “5-100 University Excellence Commission.” He is a member of the international advisory committee of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, and the Graduate School at Shanghai Jiaotong University. He is guest professor at Peking University and Xiamen University in China.  He has been an Onwell Fellow at the University of Hong Kong, and a fellow of the National Science Foundation of Taiwan.

Dr. Altbach holds the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D degrees from the University of Chicago. He was awarded an honorary D.Litt degree by Symbiosis Internatonal University in India.

  • Member of the Russian Government's Council on the Enhancement of Universities (The 5-100 Commission), Visiting professor at Peking University (China), HSE University (Russia) Xiamen University (China) and others, Visiting scholar at SciencesPo, Paris
  • Founding director of Boston College's Center for International Higher Education
  • Distinguished Scholar Leader of the Fulbright New Century Scholars Program