Status & Rectorate

The Rector’s Biography

Prof. Dr. Mansur HARMANDAR was born in Seydiler-Fethiye in 1949 and left primary school in 1960. In the same year, he started to receive teacher training at Isparta Gönenköy Teacher Training School. After studied there for five years, in 1966, he completed the preparatory class in Çapa Institute for Teacher Education and in 1971 he graduated from this Institute as well as Department of Chemistry in Istanbul University. 


He started his career as a chemistry teacher in Isparta Gönen High School and Erzurum Kazım Karabekir Teacher Training Institute.  In 1976, he began working as a research assistant in the Department of Chemistry, Atatürk University, Erzurum, where he received his PhD title in 1981. He carried out research activities on organic natural products in Bath University, UK for one year from 1984. He received the title Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry in 1987 and the title of Professor in Chemistry Education in 1993.


In Atatürk University, he served as the Director of the Erzincan Teacher Training School between 1988 and 1990 and as the Dean of Kazim Karabekir Faculty of Education for two terms from 1995 to 2000.  In 1997, he was elected to be a member of Turkish National Committee of Teacher Training and participated in the reconstruction of education faculties in Turkey. In 1998 and 1999, he took part in the research and accreditation activities organized in UK and USA by the Turkish Higher Education Council. 


In September 2000, he was appointed as a Professor at Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University where between 2000 and 2003, he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Education.  


Prof. Harmandar, whose academic career includes 38 international research papers, 48 scientific reports and two books, is an academic staff member at Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science. He speaks English as a foreign language and married to Mrs. Suzan Harmandar, a teacher of geography. They have got a son who is a cardiovascular surgeon and a daughter who is a gynecologist.