Postsecondary Systems, Massification, and the Research University

  • Philip G. Altbach
Keywords: Massification, research university, differentiation


In the context of massification, few countries have made any comprehensive effort to create clearly defined and differentiated academic systems to serve new academic functions. This pursuit is important to ensure quality and to meet the wide range of needs of an increasingly diverse student population.

Author Biography

Philip G. Altbach

Philip G. Altbach is research professor and founding director of the CenterĀ for International Higher Education at Boston College, US. E-mail:

How to Cite
Altbach, P. G. (2017). Postsecondary Systems, Massification, and the Research University. International Higher Education, (91), 5-6.
International Themes