Prof. Hasan Ali Bicak is the Founding Rector of the newly established Rauf Denktas University in North Cyprus. Prof. Bicak obtained B. Sc. Degree in Sociology (1976) and master’s degree in Economics and Statistics (1979) from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and Ph. D. degree in Economics from the University of Leicester, UK in 1990. He became an Associate Professor in 1996 and Professor in 2005. In 1996, he completed the “Program on Investment Appraisal and Management” at the Harvard Institute for International Development and he lectured in the same program in 1998, 1999 and 2000. In 2004, he thought at the John Deutsch International Executive Program of the Queen’s University in Canada, on Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis. After working at various administrative positions as the first registrar (1981), head of departments of Economics, Banking and Finance, and the Dean of the Business and Economics Faculty at the Eastern Mediterranean University of North Cyprus, Prof. Bicak was appointed as the President of the Higher Education Assessment and Accreditation Council (YODAK) in 2009 and served until 2013.
During his Presidency, in addition to affiliate membership to European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), YODAK became a full member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), Central and Eastern European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies (CEENQA) and (founding member) Association of Quality Assurance Agencies of the Islamic World (QA-Islamic). Prof. Bicak served as a Board Member of CEENQA and represented CEENQA at an EU Project in Yerevan (2013), and INQAAHE Annual QA Networks’ Meetings in Taiwan (2013) and in Chicago (2014).
Prof. Bicak served as a full-time resident Consultant at the National Center for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA) of Saudi Arabia during 2014 and 2015. At NCAAA, apart from routine consultancy work he carried out several eligibility reviews at program and institutional levels. Before and after his consultancy work at NCAAA, he chaired and worked as a member in many reviews in Saudi Arabia including King Saud University, King Khalid University, Umm Al-Qura University, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dar Al Ulum University, Betterjee Medical College, Taif University and AlQassim University. Very recently Prof. Bicak chaired the review processes of Jeddah University, Yanbu University College, King Faisal University, University of Business and Technology, Gulf Colleges Hafr Al Batin and Dar Al Hekma University.
On behalf of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), FIBAA (Business Programs Accreditation Agency) and AQAS based in Germany, he took part in institutional and program reviews of universities in Turkey (Koc University and Istanbul Gelisim University) and in Lebanon (Beirut Arab University (institutional and also Business Administration Program).
Furthermore, Prof. Bicak reviewed quite a number of universities in Bahrain, Kosovo, Oman on behalf of their national quality assurance agencies. Some of these reviews involved University of Bahrain, Malaysian Open University’s Branch in Bahrain, University College of Bahrain and Bahrain Polytechnic, International College of Management – Globus College in Kosova, College of Pjeter Budi, University of Mitrovica Isa Boletini and Muscat College in Oman. Very recently, Prof. Bicak, as the chair, reviewed the Brunel University PhD (WR) Program at Ahlia University in Bahrain, Ahlia University, AMA International University (and follow – up review of University of Technology Bahrain) on behalf of the Bahrain QA.
Prof. Bicak was an observer in the review panel, accrediting the Commission for Accreditation and Quality Assessment (CAQA) of Serbia and his name is listed in the ENQA pool of reviewers for QAAs in Europe.