World-Class Russian Education!

The goal of Project 5-100 is to maximize the competitive position of a group of leading Russian universities in the global research and education market.


Philip G. Altbach

Member of the Council

Founding Director of the Boston College Center for International Higher Education

Boston College Professor

Chairman of the International Advisory Committee of Jiao Tong University (China)

Honorary Professor of Peking University (China)

Member of the International Advisory Committee and Honorary Professor of the Higher School of Economics (Russia)

Editor of Higher Education (USA) and American Education Research Journal (USA)

A leading global expert in tertiary education. Author and editor of over 50 books on global higher education challenges, including globalization and internationalization of education, academic excellence initiatives, and global university rankings. An originator and an active participant of comparative studies of tertiary education systems.

Interests: higher education (history, modern state, trends, international collaboration), university transformation in times of globalization, global rankings, internationalization, creation and development of world-class universities.


Master's degree (1963) and Ph.D. (1966) fr om the University of Chicago (USA)

Professional experience

1994 – present – Founding Director of the Boston College Center for International Higher Education (USA)

1975–1994 – Professor at Master Education School at the State University of New York at Buffalo (USA), wh ere he established the Center for Comparative Education

1965–1994 – Lecturer in Education at the Social Relations Chair at Harvard University, Wisconsin-Madison University, State University of New York at Buffalo

Researcher at the Hoover Institute at Stanford (USA, 1988–1989) and Carnegie Foundation (USA, 1992–1996)


  - Comparative and International Education Society Outstanding Career Award (2010) 

  - Howard Bowen Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (2009)

  - Distinguished Scholar Leader of the Fulbright New Century Scholars Program (2006–2007)