Currently, Dr. Karakhanyan is employed by the Abu Dhabi Government as Higher Education Regulation & Licensing Director at the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge in the United Arab Emirates. She is also Immediate Past President of the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), which is a global umbrella network of tertiary education quality assurance providers, which brings together more than 350 members worldwide. She consults governments on policymaking, governance as well as external and internal QA systems in a diversity of contexts globally.
Dr. Karakhanyan’s expertise evolves around tertiary education in general and policymaking, governance and quality assurance in particular. Her expertise has been widely sought after by a diversity of systems and cultures. She has worked with around 35 governments, authored, and delivered capacity building events and external reviews of governance structures, legal and policy frameworks, and QA systems worldwide. She has led a variety of projects under the auspices of the Council of Europe, UNESCO, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, Open Society Institute, IREX, to name but a few. All the projects address higher education reforms in general and diversity of aspects in legal and policy frameworks, policymaking, governance, quality assurance and core values of higher education, in particular. Her service has been acknowledged in a diversity of contexts and systems globally.
Dr. Karakhanyan holds M.S.Ed in Educational Administration/Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, the USA and PhD in Social Sciences from Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Her research interests focus around higher education governance and administration, reforms, policymaking, policy diffusion and transfer, and external and internal quality assurance. Her research background has helped her tremendously in the establishment of new and evaluation/review of existing tertiary education systems in a diversity of contexts at the global level with aim of promoting relevance, efficiency in operations and transformative power of tertiary education.