The University of the Future: Boston and Singapore

Wed, Aug 3, 2016 7:00 PM (GMT+8)
Singapore Management University Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, School of Accountancy, Level 2 Singapore Management University (60 Stamford Road Singapore 178900)

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Boston and Singapore are special places for higher education. Not only are they home to the world’s top-ranked universities, they also contain a landscape of diverse options for quality higher education. In thinking about the university of the future, global trends relating to the knowledge economy have to be considered. Prof. Philip Altbach will argue that the current model of the university will not disappear, and that one needs to think about "universities" – as in a system rather than singular institutions – as well as the importance of traditional values of higher education. 

Professor Philip Altbach
Research Professor and Founding Director, Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), Boston College

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.

This event is jointly presented by the Singapore Management University (SMU), a premier university in Asia internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching, and The HEAD Foundation, a Singapore-based think tank devoted to research and policy influence in education and leadership, for development in Asia. Admission is free.

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