Prior to his appointment as the Rector of Rauf Denktas University, Prof. Dr. Hasan Ali Bicak was the Rector of the British University of Nicosia in Cyprus. He served as a Consultant at the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2014-2015. Prof. Bicak was the President of the Higher Education, Accreditation and Coordination Council (YODAK) of North Cyprus during 2009-2013 and the Board Member of the Central and Eastern European Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (CEENQA) in 2012-2013. He served at various academic and administrative positions at the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) in North Cyprus starting as the Registrar in 1981, serving as the Head of Economics, and the Banking and Finance Departments, and the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics until 2009.
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. He earned his 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.
Prof. Bıçak served in the think-thank group of President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Rauf Denktas (1995-96) and worked as an advisor to the Minister of National Education and Culture (1999-2001). In 2004, he was the head of the Central Bank and Financial Institutions Team at the Cyprus negotiations between the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots and in 2008, he was the head of the Economics Committee, one of the six committees, covering all aspects of economics.
Prof. Bicak attended the “Training session/workshop for experts for agency reviews” organized by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) in 2010 and his name is listed in the ENQA pool of trained reviewers. In 2012, Prof. Bicak was an observer in the review panel, accrediting the Commission for Accreditation and Quality Assessment of Serbia (CAQA).
During the last 8 years, Prof. Bicak carried out more than 30 program and institutional reviews, in most cases chairing the international experts’ review team, in several countries mainly in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kosovo, Lebanon and Turkey. Some of the universities that Prof. Bicak reviewed were King Fahad University of Petroleum, King Saud and Umm Al-Qura Universities in Saudi Arabia, University of Bahrain, Bahrain University College, Bahrain Polytechnic in Bahrain, University of Mitrovica and Globus University College in Kosovo, Beirut Arab University in Lebanon, Koc University in Turkey.