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 globalisation and internationalisation of education, academic excellence initiatives, and global university rankings. An originator and an active participant in comparative studies of tertiary education systems.


Higher education (history, modern state, trends, international collaboration), university transformation in times of globalisation, global rankings, internationalisation, creation and development of world-class universities.


M.A. (1963) and Ph.D. (1966), University of Chicago (USA)

Professional experience:

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

1975-1994 – Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo (USA), where he established the Center for Comparative Education.

1965-1994 – Lecturer in Education at Harvard University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, State University of New York at Buffalo.

Researcher at the Hoover Institute, Stanford University (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).