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Chairperson's Biography

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Maleyka Mehdi gizi Abbaszade



Maleyka Mehdi gizi Abbaszade (Mustafayeva) was born in 1953 in Baku and attended Public School # 189, where she studied from 1959 till 1970.

In 1970, upon her graduation of secondary school, she was admitted to the recently established Faculty of Calculus and Cybernetics in Moscow State University (MSU) named after M.V. Lomonosov. She successfully graduated from MSU, majoring in calculus and cybernetics, in 1975 and later on was appointed to the work of senior assistant at the Cybernetics Institute of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences.

During the years of 1975-1977, she was a trainee researcher at the Department of the Computation Center of the USSR Academy of Sciences in Moscow under the guidance of Academician N.N. Moiseyev. 

From 1977 to 1987, she resumed her career at the Cybernetics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan as a scientist. 

In 1988, she defended her thesis at the Cybernetics Institute of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in Kiev named after V. Glushkov and as a result received a PhD degree in Technical Sciences. 

Early Academic Career
In the period of 1987-1989, she worked at the Baku Teachers Training Institute as a head of the Department, called Teaching Methods of Computation Techniques and Computer Sciences. 

In 1989, she was a senior scientist at the Institute of Petroleum Chemistry named after M. Azizbayov. 

In 1990, she was appointed to the position of the Deputy Head of Azerbaijan “Istedad” Association and remained incumbent until August of 1994. In this period, the Association took the advantage of international experience in identifying youth and contributed to the study of selection procedures among talented youth in the Republic of Azerbaijan. As an outcome of this study and along with the extensive support from the Association, Baku European Lyceum was established to follow the mission of the Association.  

Professional Experience

In August of 1994, Malayka Abbaszade obtained the opportunity to be the first Deputy Head of the State Students Admission Commission governed by the decree of the President of The Republic of Azerbaijan. 

In 1994, M. Abbaszade initiated the establishment of the “Abituriyent” journal and its preparatory courses within the SSAC. She is a founding member of Editorial board of the “Abituriyent” journal and serves to advance its impact on education. 

Since 1994, Maleyka Abbaszade led an organizational development, which transformed the whole admission system into an interactive socio-technical work design, enabling easier communication between people and technology. Due to such an intelligent work design, the transparency was provided in test development cycle, test administration and score reporting phases of the student admissions. In fact, within the period of leadership, M.Abbaszade has established the culture of the following practices at the SEC:

  • Organizing interactive seminars open to the public and professional trainings, accessible for test experts;
  • Establishing Review Committees of test items and conducting item analysis;
  • Developing a parameterized Item Pool;
  • Conducting analysis of exam results and admissions;
  • Proving annual reports to the public to sustain accountable management;
  • Organizing round-table discussions on the test results and state of admissions in the regions of Azerbaijan.

Consequently, M.Abbaszade achieved to make the SSAC (SEC), as the first State Institution to apply Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the mass processes such as the testing and admissions, which was due to the programming of intelligent designs led by Maleyka Abbaszade for each phase of the examination to possibly reduce of human factors in this admission process. Likewise, the management of Item Pool and the selection of test items were automated and admission period was made online. 

In 1999-2000, The SSAC was assigned to solve the global faced Y2K (Year 2000) problem, as a national State Body. As a result, the global computing challenge was successfully solved in Azerbaijan by the SSAC. 

In 2000, M. Abbaszade was a National Coordinator of the “Assistance in Creation of Elections’ Informational Department” project, supported by the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the United Nations Development Program. As a result of the project, the State Automated Information System called “Elections” was launched, which was first put into application during the Parliamentary elections in November, 2000, and is still operational.

Later in October, 2000, she was promoted to the position of the Chairperson of the SSAC.

In 2002, as the National Coordinator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Azerbaijan Government, M.Abbaszade signed the cooperation project on ICT Development Strategy in the Republic of Azerbaijan and its initial Action Plan for the period of 2004-2012, which was later was approved.

In 2003, she attended The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which was hosted by the Government of Switzerland and held in Geneva.

In 2007, M. Abbaszade organized the 33rd International Conference of the International Association for Educational Assessment in Baku on the theme of “Inter-dependency of the National Assessment System and Educational Standards”.

In 2008, M. Abbaszade was elected as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Educational Assessment. 

M. Abbaszade has authored more than 50 research articles and 2 textbooks for higher education institutions.