Alan Ruby

Senior Fellow
Senior Scholar, Penn AHEAD

Higher Education Division

Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Phone: 215-746-2363


Professional Biography

Mr. Ruby has a 40-year career in government, business, philanthropy, and education ranging from classroom teacher to Australian deputy secretary of education to chair of the OECD education committee. He also currently serves as a consultant to the World Bank, an adviser to the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools and the Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan, and as a senior fellow for Internationalization at NAFSA.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Ruby focuses on globalization’s effects on universities and education around the world. A highly regarded teacher, he leads graduate seminars on “Globalization and the University” and “Learning from Higher Education in Other Nations.” He earned the School’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006. Mr. Ruby currently serves as a Senior Scholar for the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (Penn AHEAD) at Penn GSE.

Mr. Ruby was a senior executive of one of the world’s leading grant making groups, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and served as director of the Human Development Sector for the East Asia Region of the World Bank, where he led the World Bank’s programs in education, health, and social insurance in 12 countries including China, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Mr. Ruby served for over six years as Australia’s Deputy Secretary of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, where he was responsible for primary and secondary education, higher education, and vocational education and training. He chaired the education programs of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), spearheading the development of education metrics comparing school results across member countries. He was also a member of the Scientific Advisory Group that created the framework for the flagship OECD publication Education at a Glance. Early in his career, he was a teacher and an official in the state government of New South Wales.

Selected Publications

Ruby, A., & Kelly, S.: Status update: Actively engaging our friends. Times Higher Education, World Reputation Rankings 2012.

Ruby, A., & Jaramillo, A. : A Buyers Guide to Branch Campuses. University World News October 2011.

Ruby, A. : Moving Past the Agent Debate. Trends and Insights. NAFSA, May 2011.

Hartley, M. & Ruby, A.: A Little Supervision is a Good Thing. The Chronicle of Higher Education March 29 2011.

Jaramillo, A., Ruby, A., Henard, F., & Zaapanne, H.: Higher Education in the Middle East & North Africa. The World Bank 2011.

Ruby, A.: The Not So Open Door. November 18 2010.

Choudaha, R., & Ruby, A.: Foreign borders: Putting national needs first. University World News August 2010.

Ruby, A.: India: Selling Services or Spreading Light? University World News 110, February 2010.

Ruby, A.: India Is Opening Up. The Chronicle of Higher Education January 29 2010.

Ruby, A.: The Uncertain Future for International Higher Education in the Asia Pacific. NAFSA e-books 2010.