Founding Director & Research Professor, Center for International 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.
Philip G. Altbach, Global Perspectives on Higher Education (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016). (Russian translation, HSE University Press, Moscow. Chinese translations, Educational Sciences Press, Beijing)
Laura E. Rumbley, Philip G. Altbach, David A. Stanfield, Yukiko Shimmi, Ariane de Gayardon, and Roy Y. Chan. Higher Education: A Worldwide Inventory. (Bonn, Germany: Lemmens Media, 2014).
Philip G. Altbach, The International Imperative in Higher Education. (Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers, 2013).
P. Agarwal, ed., A Half-Century of Indian Higher Education: Essays by Philip G. Altbach (New Delhi, Sage, 2012). (Hindi translated edition, 2015).
Philip G. Altbach, Liz Reisberg, and Laura Rumbley, Trends in Global Higher Education: Tracking an Academic Revolution. (Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers, 2009) Also published by UNESCO, Paris in English and French. Chinese translated edition by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press. Arabic translated edition by the Ministry of Higher Education. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Russian translated edition by RUDN University Press, Moscow).
Philip G. Altbach, Tradition and Transition: The International Imperative in Higher Education. (Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers, 2007). Also published in Chinese by the Peking University Press.
Philip G. Altbach (With Leslie A. Bozeman, Natia Janashia, and Laura E. Rumbley) Higher Education: A Worldwide Inventory of Centers and Programs (Revised Edition). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers, 2006).
Philip G. Altbach, International Higher Education: Reflections on Policy and Practice. (Chestnut Hill, MA: Center for International Higher Education, Boston College, 2006).
Philip G. Altbach, Comparative Higher Education (Norwood, N.J.: Ablex, 1998). Also published in Japanese by Tamagawa University Press, Tokyo and in Chinese by the Peoples Education Press, Beijing, and in Spanish the Universidad Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Philip G. Altbach, Student Politics in America (New Brunswick, N. J.: Transaction, 1997)
Philip G. Altbach, Essays on Higher Education in International Perspective (Tamagawa, Japan: Tamagawa University Press, 1994). Japanese edition of selected articles.
Philip G. Altbach et al. Higher Education and Scientific Development in Newly Industrializing Nations (New York: Praeger, 1989) (Asian edition by De La Salle University Press, Manila, Philippines, 1989; Japanese translation by Tamagawa University Press, 1993).
Philip G. Altbach, The Knowledge Context: Comparative Perspectives on the Distribution of Knowledge (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1987).
Philip G. Altbach, Higher Education in the Third World: Themes and Variations, (New York: Advent Books, 1987; also published by Maruzen Publishers in Singapore)
Philip G. Altbach, University Reform: An International Perspective (Washington, D.C.: American Association for Higher Education, 1980).
Philip G. Altbach, Comparative Higher Education: Research Trend and Bibliography (London and New York: Mansell Publishing Co., 1979). (Translated into Chinese and published in the People's Republic of China by Educational Sciences Press, Beijing, 1987).
(with Liz Reisberg), “Global Trends and Future Uncertainties,” Change 50 (3-4, 2018): 63-67.
(With Georgiana Mihut and Jamil Salmi) “International Advisory Councils and International Governance.” European Journal of Higher Education (2016): 1-20.
(with Kara Godwin). “A Historical and Global Perspective on Liberal Arts Education: What Was, What Is, and What Will Be.” International Journal of Chinese Education, 5 (2016), 5-22.
(with Maria Yudkevich and Laura Rumbley). “Global University Rankings: The “Olympic Games” of Higher Education? Prospects 45 (2015), pp. 411-419.
(with Maria Yudkevich and Laura Rumbley “Academic Inbreeding: Local Challenge, Global Problem,” Asia Pacific Education Review, (August, 2015)
“India’s Higher Education Challenges,” Asia Pacific Education Review 15 No. 4, (December 2014), 503-510.
(with Roberta Bassett) “Nix the BRICs: At Least for Higher Education Scholarship,” Change 46 (September-October, 2014), pp. 30-32.
“The Emergence of a Field: Research and Training in Higher Education,” Studies in Higher Education, 39 (October, 2014), pp. 1306-1320.
“Advancing the National and Global Knowledge Economy: The Role of Research Universities in Developing Countries,” Studies in Higher Education 38 (April, 2013), pp. 316-330.
“The Prospects for the BRICs: The New Academic Superpowers?” Economic and Political Weekly 74 (October 27, 2012), pp.127-137.
“The Globalization of College and University Rankings, Change (January-February, 2012), pp. 26-31.
(with Liz Reisberg and Laura Rumbley) “Tracking a Global Academic Revolution,” Change 42 (March-April 2009), pp. 30-39.
“One-third of the Globe: The Future of Higher Education in China and India,” Prospects ( 2009), pp. 15-27.
“The Imperial Tongue: English as the Dominating Academic Language,” Economic and Political Weekly (Mumbai, India) September 8, 2007, pp. 3608-3611.
“Peripheries and Centres: Research Universities in Developing Countries,” Higher Education Management and Policy 19 (No. 2, 2007), pp. 1-23.
(with Jane Knight) “The Internationalization of Higher Education: Motivations and Realities” Journal of Studies in International Education 11 (No. 3-4, Fall-Winter, 2007), pp. 274-290.
“Fostering Asia’s Brightest,” Far Eastern Economic Review (January-February 2007), pp. 53-57.
(with N. Jayaram) “Confucius and the Guru: The Changing Status of the Academic Profession in China and India,” Journal of Educational Planning and Administration 20 (October 2006), pp. 395-410.
“Tiny at the Top,” Wilson Quarterly (Autumn, 2006), pp.49-51.
“Higher Education Crosses Borders,” Change 36 (March/April, 2004), pp. 18-25.
(with Damtew Teferra) “African Higher Education: Challenges for the 21st Century,” Higher Education 47 (January, 2004), pp. 21-50.
“Globalization and the University: Myths and Realities in an Unequal World,” Tertiary Education and Management 10 (no. 1, 2004), pp. 3-25.
“Knowledge and Education as International Commodities: The Collapse of the Common Good,” Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education 22 (Summer, 2002), pp. 55-60.
“Research and Training in Higher Education: The State of the Art,” Higher Education in Europe 27 (No.1-2), pp. 153-168.
“Academic Freedom: International Realities and Challenges,” Higher Education 41 (No. 1-2, 2001), pp. 205-219.
(with Ulrich Teichler), “Internationalization and Exchanges in a Globalized University,” Journal of Studies in International Education 5 (No. 1, 2001), pp. 5-25.
“Measuring Academic Progress: The Course-Credit System in American Higher Education” Higher Education Policy 14 (No. 1, 2001), pp. 37-44.
“Private Higher Education: Themes and Variations in Comparative Perspective,” Prospects 29 (September, 1999), pp. 311-326. (Also published in Arabic, Russian, French and Spanish editions of Prospects)
“The Logic of Mass Higher Education,” Tertiary Education and Management 10 (Spring, 1999), pp. 107-124. (Also published in Chinese and Japanese).
(with L. Lewis) “Professorial Attitudes–An International Survey,” Change (November-December, 1995): 51-57.
“The Dilemma of Change in Indian Higher Education,” Higher Education 26 (July 1993): 3-20.
“Perspectives on Publishing in Africa,” Publishing Research Quarterly 8 (Fall, 1992): 94-112.
"Higher Education, Democracy and Development: Implications for the Newly Industrialized Countries," Interchange 23 no. 1 and 2 (1992): 143-64.
"Trends in Comparative Education," Comparative Education Review 35 (August 1991): 491-507.
"Third World Publishers and the International Knowledge System," Logos 2, no. 3 (1991): 122-26.
"Patterns in Higher Education Development: Towards the Year 2000," Review of Higher Education 14 (Spring 1991): 293-316.
"Impact and Adjustment: Foreign Students in Comparative Perspective," Higher Education 21 (May 1991): 305-24.
(With Robert Cohen), "American Student Activism: The Post Sixties Transformation," Journal of Higher Education (January/February 1990): 82-49.
"Twisted Roots: The Western Impact on Asian Higher Education," Higher Education 18, no. 1 (1989): 9-29. (also translated into Chinese and Japanese)
"The New Internationalism: Foreign Students and Scholars," Studies in Higher Education 14, no. 2 (1989): 125-36.
"Perspectives on Student Political Activism," Comparative Education 25, no. 1 (1989): 97-110.
"The Oldest Technology: Textbooks in Comparative Context," Compare, 17, no. 2 (1987): 93-106.
(With Gail Kelly), “Comparative Education: Challenge and Response,” Comparative Education Review 30 (February 1986): 89-107.
"The Foreign Student Dilemma," Teachers College Record 87 (Summer 1986): 589-610.
"Center and Periphery in Knowledge Distribution: The Case of India," International Social Science Journal no. 1 (1985): 109-18. (also published in Chinese)
"Student Politics in the Third World," Higher Education 13 (November 1984): 635-55.
“Key Issues of Textbook Provision in the Third World,” Prospects 13, no. 3 (1982): 315-27.
"The Dilemma of Success: Universities in Advanced Developing Countries," Prospects 12,no. 3 (1982): 293-312.
"The University as Center and Periphery," Teachers College Record 82 (Summer 1981): 601-21.
"The Crisis of the Professoriate," Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 448 (March 1980): 1-14.
"From Revolution to Apathy: American Students in the 1970s," Higher Education 8 (November 1979): 609-26.
Who's Who in America (1988 through current editions)
Honorary D. Litt, Symbiosis International University, India, 2017.
Honorary professor of the National Research University-Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, 2015.
Houlihan award from NAFSA-Association of International Educators, 2013.
Honorary Phd degree awarded by Rivier University, New Hampshire, 2013
Elected Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. 2013—current
Member of the International Academy of Education (elected in 2010)
Howard Bowen Distinguished Career Achievement Award, Association for the Study of Higher Education, 2009.
Lifetime Career Award from the Higher Education Group of the Comparative and International Education Society, 2010.
Distinguished Scholar Leader of the Fulbright New Century Scholars Program, 2006-2007.
Chair of the International Advisory Committee of the Graduate School of Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. 2008-current.
Member of the International Advisory Committee of the State Research University-Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, 2010-current.
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 Professorships at Peking University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China and Zhezhang University, China. Visiting professorship at the Institut de Sciencies Politique, Paris. Taiwan government senior scholar.