Thursday, January 24, 2019
Philip Altbach
Philip Altbach

Philip Altbach is the fifth speaker in the Commitment to Internationalization lecture series. His talk, "The Peril and Promise of Internationalization in the Era of Trump, Brexit, and Global Competition," will be on  March 11, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. in room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre. This lecture continues the conversation about the UI's vision and strategic themes for campus internationalization.

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 International University in India.

Read a Q&A with Dr. Altbach here.


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