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Philip G. Altbach

Founding Director of CIHE

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Philip G. Altbach is Research Professor and founding director of the Center for International Higher Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. From 1995 to 2013, he was the J. Donald Monan, SJ University Professor at Boston College. He was the 2004-2006 Distinguished Scholar Leader for the New Century Scholars initiative of the Fulbright program. He has been a senior associate of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and served as editor of the Review of Higher Education, Comparative Education Review, and as an editor of Educational Policy.

He is author of Turmoil and Transition: The International Imperative in Higher EducationComparative Higher EducationStudent Politics in America, and other books. He co-edited the International Handbook of Higher Education. His most recent books are (with Jamil Salmi) The Road to Academic Excellence: The Making of World-Class Research Universities, Leadership for World-Class Universities: Challenges for Developing Countries, and (with Jorge Balan)  World Class Worldwide: Transforming Research Universities in Asia and Latin America.

Dr. Altbach holds the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D degrees from the University of Chicago. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the State University of New York at Buffalo, and was a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer on education at Harvard University. He is chairperson of the International Advisory Council of the Graduate School of Education at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a member of the Interntional Advisory Committee of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, and is a Guest Professor at the Institute of Higher Education at Peking University in the Peoples Republic of China,

He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, the Institut de Sciences Politique in Paris, and at the University of Bombay in India. Dr. Altbach has been a Fulbright scholar in India, and in Malaysia and Singapore. He has had awards from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), has been Onwell Fellow at the University of Hong Kong, and a senior scholar of the Taiwan Government.