Rajika Bhandari, Deputy Vice President of Research and Evaluation, provides strategic oversight of IIE’s research and evaluation activities and leads the Open Doors and Project Atlas projects that measure international higher education mobility. She also directs IIE’s Center for Academic Mobility Research. Dr. Bhandari serves on several international advisory groups, is a frequent speaker and widely published author on global student mobility and has written four books on the subject. She also leads program evaluations of international scholarship and fellowship programs in higher education for IIE and for external clients.
Prior to joining IIE in 2006, Dr. Bhandari was a Senior Researcher at MPR Associates, an educational research firm in California that provides research and evaluation services to the U.S. Department of Education. She also served as the Assistant Director for Evaluation at the Mathematics and Science Education Network at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to her work in international education research, Dr. Bhandari has a background in international development with a special focus on gender and education in developing countries. She holds a doctoral degree in psychology from North Carolina State University and a BA (Honors) in psychology from the University of Delhi, India.
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