Gyöngyvér Molnár is a full professor and the head of Institue of Education at the University of Szeged in Szeged, Hungary. Having completed her secondary studies at Lovassy László High School in Veszprém in 1992, she went on to matriculate at József Attila University (now the University of Szeged), winning scholarships from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to study in Heidelberg and Münster. In 1999, she received her degree in mathematics and German language and literature, qualifying her as a secondary school teacher. She earned her PhD in 2004. In 2010, she habilitated in the area of ICT in education. Then, in 2017, she was awarded a Doctor of Sciences (DSc) degree with a thesis entitled ‘Technology-based testing in education: Assessing improvement in problem-solving ability’. In 2015, she was named full professor at the University of Szeged Department of Learning and Instruction and was also made director of the Institute of Education there in 2017.
She has been a member, lecturer and basic member of the University of Szeged Doctoral School of Education since 2005. She has chaired the ICT in Education Subprogramme there since 2007. She currently has nine active PhD students and seven who have defended their thesis.
Her main areas of interest include: technology-based assessment, improving cognitive skills, studying the quality of school learning, and the potential for using ICT in education – all of which are aimed at improving the quality of learning. She heads eDia, an online diagnostic testing system used in numerous countries.
She has also published widely both domestically and internationally: over 250 reports and studies in all. The number of independent citations of her work exceed 1000, and she has a Hirsch Index of 19.
She was awarded the Bolyai János Research Grant by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for 2005–2008 and 2009–2012 in acknowledgement of her work. In 2007, she was presented with the Academy Youth Award, marking the first time that prize had been conferred on an educationalist. In the same year, she was named an Innovative Teacher at the Innovative Teacher Forum in Paris. In 2009, she received a certificate of recognition from the Board of Governors of the Bolyai János Research Grant Programme. In 2014, she was selected for the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program and went on to represent Hungary in the Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for Women and Girls Program in the U.S. in February 2015. In 2016, she won the Apáczai Csere János Prize for her outstanding scholarly work in support of educational practice.