Dr. Hanife Akar (F), received her M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree in the Field of Curriculum and İnstruction in Middle East Technical University, Department of Educational Sciences. She has been engaged in several visiting research scholarships. In 2001-2002 she did research on teacher education policy in the Pedagogical University of Krakow as a visiting research scholar, with a scholarship awarded by the Polish Republic. In 2002-2003, was awarded to become a visiting research scholar in Stanford University, School of Graduate Education as a TÜBA fellow. In 2013-2014 she did research on higher education policy, with a focus on internationalization of Higher education as a senior postdoctoral research Fulbright fellow in Boston College and Northeastern University, examining the internationalization in Higher Education in the Masachusettes area.
Dr. Akar’s research focuses on educational policy research in K-12 and Higher Education with an emphasis on curriculum and instructional policy in teacher education. Her research focuses on moral education, citizenship education, migrant/refugee education, internationalization and contemporary issues in education. She coordinated a number of nationwide and international research projects funded by the EU such as “Active citizenship development; Climate-friendly school management systems; Dialogue: Building bridges between universities and the industry, and co-coordinated VITA Building evaluation systems for non-formal education.”
Dr. Akar is a bilingual of Turkish and Dutch, and speaks German and English fluently.