Philip G. Altbach

Philip G. Altbach
Boston College, USA | BC

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Polish version of the interview with prof. Philip G. Altbach, which originally appeared on The World View blog (Inside Higher Ed).
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Appeared in four parts: "Internationalization at the European Periphery", "Internationalization for Poland", "Hard times for the humanities", "Rankings, Mergers, Development"
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The international dimensions of higher education were, in the 1960s, not much analyzed. Academic systems in much of the world were small and oriented toward the elites. Massification was beginning. At the same time, students were an active political force on campus and in society. Philip Altbach’s career was shaped by these developments, and by a c...
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Higher education as a field of study emerged as universities became complex institutions requiring data and interpretation for effective management and governance. The field expanded in the mid-20th century, and now includes many research and other journals, books, and other reports and publications. Academic departments and centers have been estab...
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India, with the world’s second largest higher education system and a rapidly growing economy as one of the BRIC nations, faces significant challenges in building both capacity and excellence in higher education. India’s higher education system is characterized by “islands of excellence in a sea of mediocrity.” The mainstream universities are recogn...
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Higher education leaders today recognize the need to develop an international strategy for their institutions but may lack the knowledge and perspective required to inform good decisions. Institutions must create educational environments where students will begin to appreciate the complexity of global integration and develop skills to navigate it s...
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The international dimensions of higher education were, in the 1960s, not much analyzed. Academic systems in much of the world were small and oriented toward the elites. Massification was beginning. At the same time, students were an active political force on campus and in society. Philip Altbach’s career was shaped by these developments and by a co...
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Higher education leaders today are recognizing the need to develop an international strategy for their institutions but may lack the knowledge and perspective required to inform good decisions. Students are graduating into an increasingly integrated international environment that, while offering exciting opportunities, also presents many challenges...
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Research universities are a central part of all academic systems. They are the key points of international contact and involvement. Research is produced, disseminated and in many cases imported. For developing countries, the mechanisms for the involvement of research universities in the global knowledge economy is complex, and includes issues of mo...
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This chapter addresses the characteristics generally associated with a ‘world-class university’ and then evaluates a range of initiatives being employed to motivate Saudi universities to achieve world-class status in teaching and research. The authors argue that university rankings have received too much emphasis in Saudi Arabia and that it needs t...
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Almost 20 percent of students studying for a British first academic degree are not residing in the United Kingdom but rather pursuing their degree at one of Britain’s 13 branch campuses or, much more likely, at a foreign institution that has franchised a British degree. More than 400 franchise arrangements were reported in 2008.
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The BRIC countries—Brazil, Russia, India, and China—are expanding rapidly, and many observers see these countries as dominant economies in the coming decades. When economist Jim O’Neill coined the term BRIC in 2001, those countries accounted for 8 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP). He predicted that this would increase to 14 per cent...
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For middle-income and developing countries as well as some industrial nations a major challenge for building and sustaining successful research universities is determining the mechanisms that allow those universities to participate effectively in the global knowledge network on an equal basis with the top academic institutions in the world. These r...
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Research universities are complex institutions with multiple academic and societal roles. They are both national institutions that contribute to culture, technology and society, and international institutions that link to global intellectual and scientific trends. There is widespread recognition of the importance of research universities but many c...
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With India and China aiming to build more sophisticated economies, both countries are giving priority to higher education to produce highly educated personnel and high quality research. This paper makes a comparative assessment of the development of the higher education system in the two countries, the challenges being faced and what the future hol...
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The research university is a central institution of the twenty-first century—providing access to global science, producing basic and applied research, and educating leaders of the academe and society. Worldwide, there are very few research universities—they are expensive to develop and support, and the pressures of massification have placed priorit...
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China and India together account for almost 25% of the world’s postsecondary student population. Most of the enrolment growth in the coming several decades will be in developing countries, and China and India will contribute a significant proportion of that expansion, since China currently educates only about 20% and India 10% of the age cohort. Bo...
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Incl. abstract and bibl. references China and India together account for almost 25 of the world's postsecondary student population. Most of the enrolment growth in the coming several decades will be in developing countries, and China and India will contribute a significant proportion of that expansion, since China currently educates only about 20 a...
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The relationship between soft power and international education is not a new phenomenon. Students have studied abroad since the origin of the modern university in the Middle Ages and have been influenced by what they learned and experienced. Faculty members and researchers have also crossed borders for millennia, and knowledge has always been inter...
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Globalization and internationalization are related but not the same thing. Globalization is the context of economic and academic trends that are part of the reality of the 21st century. Internationalization includes the policies and practices undertaken by academic systems and institutions—and even individuals—to cope with the global academic envir...
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The research university is a central institution of the 21st century – providing access to global science, producing basic and applied research, and educating key leaders for academe and society. Worldwide, there are very few research universities – they are expensive to develop and support, and the pressures of massification have placed priorities...
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L’université de recherche est une institution fondamentale du XXIe siècle : elle donne accès à la science mondiale, effectue des travaux de recherche fondamentale et appliquée et forme des chefs de file clés pour l’université et la société. Il existe très peu d’universités de recherche dans le monde : en effet, leur mise en place et leur entretien...
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The complex and frustrating problems which any Indian government must face makes the existence of a strong opposition almost inevitable. The fact that the Congress Party has been able to maintain such a strong position is as much due to the divisions and weakness of the opposition as to its own skill. The success of the Congress has been due in a l...
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Academic superpowers like the US and the UK have ensured that English is the predominant academic and scientific language and that the curricula are dictated by trends there. While this has created a global academic environment with a common medium of communication, it has been at the cost of other national languages and research topics of local im...
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The research university is a central institution of the 21st century. It is essential to the creation and dissemination of knowledge. As one of the key elements in the globalization of science, the research university is at the nexus of science, scholarship, and the new knowledge economies. The research university educates the new generation of per...
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Incl. bibl., abstract The research university is a central institution of the 21st century - providing access to global science, producing basic and applied research, and educating key leaders for academe and society. Worldwide, there are very few research universities - they are expensive to develop and support, and the pressures of massification...
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Graduate education has played an important role in developing the human capacity necessary to lead the increasingly technological and knowledge-centered economies of the last and present centuries (Antony & Knaus, 2002). Specific forms and programs of graduate study vary in length and scope, from master’s degrees to first professional degrees to th...
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Student movements and organizations at the postsecondary level have an immense and often ignored impact not only on students and student cultures but also on academic institutions and sometimes on society.1 The most visible student organizations are activist political movements, which received considerable attention particularly in the aftermath of...
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Durante las dos décadas pasadas, la educación superior internacional ha cambiado drásticamente en volumen, visión y complejidad. Este artículo aborda los motivos y realidades que enfrenta la educación internacional en general, y la educación transfronteriza en particular. Los aspectos clave incluyen la generación de ingresos, el incremento en el ac...
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The landscape of international higher education is changing. The September 11, 2001, attacks led the United States, the top recipient of international students, to raise entry barriers. Yet there is no holding back the flow of students seeking education beyond their borders. A recent Australian study estimates that the total number of international...
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Incl. bibl., abstract. Much has been said about the impact of globalisation on higher education. Some have argued that globalisation, the Internet and the scientific community will level the playing field in the new age of knowledge interdependence. Others claim that globalisation means both worldwide inequality and the McDonaldisation of the unive...
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The Journal of Higher Education 75.3 (2004) 364-365 The "city of intellect" referred to in this book are the top 100 or so American universities—the research-oriented universities. Editor Steven Brint has assembled a star cast of authors to reflect on the current situation and future prospects for the research universities. This book is concerned w...
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In the past two decades, globalization has come to be seen as a central force for both society and higher education.1 Some have argued that globalization, broadly defined as largely inevitable global economic and technological factors affecting every nation, will liberate higher education and foster needed change.Technological innovations such as t...
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African higher education, atthe beginning of the new millennium, facesunprecedented challenges. Not only is thedemand for access unstoppable, especially inthe context of Africa's traditionally lowpostsecondary attendance levels, but highereducation is recognized as a key force formodernization and development. Africa'sacademic institutions face obs...
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The academic profession faces significant challenges everywhere ‐ the implications of globalization, massification, privatization, and financial problems, among others shape the working conditions of the professoriate. The situation in central and Eastern Europe is especially problematical. Not only are universities facing the problems experienced...
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The academic profession worldwide is united by its commitment to teaching and the creation and transmission of knowledge. Yet, as pointed out by Burton Clark, it is also composed of “small worlds, different worlds” divided by discipline, role, and other factors (Clark, 1987). This chapter examines the conditions of the academic profession and workp...
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This book is a comprehensive survey of all aspects and dimensions of higher education in Africa. It includes a historical overview of higher education, descriptions of the higher education systems in each African country, and analyses of current and timely topics in higher education. Part 1, "Themes," contains 13 essays on trends in African higher...
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The Review of Higher Education 26.2 (2003) 117-118 Higher education is a hot topic for publishers, thanks to its growing readership. We estimate that at least a hundred new titles are published in the United States annually, exploring all aspects of higher education. Such increasing resources signal the growing maturity of higher education research...

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