İrfan Erdoğan completed his undergraduate studies at Gazi University, Faculty of Education, and then his master's and doctorate studies at Columbia University in the USA. After staying in the USA for seven years, he returned to Turkey in 1992 and started working at Istanbul University. While continuing his duty at Istanbul University, İrfan Erdoğan was appointed as the chairman of the Board of Education. He researched the Vocational Education Development Project, the development of Social Sciences High School programs, the Transition to the Secondary Education System, the renewal of secondary education physics, chemistry, biology, foreign language, and history programs, and the transition to 100 points system and so on. He provided Media Literacy, Thinking Education, Astronomy, Research Techniques-Statistics, and Chess courses to be included in the curriculum. He had textbooks prepared for the education of Turkish children living in Western Thrace. He participated in the Council of Europe, representing Turkey. He had a significant role at the Bologna meeting held in London in 2007 when the decision on the recognition of students at the universities of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was taken. He represented the Ministry of National Education at the European Language Passport meetings organized by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Also, he pioneered the organization of the 17th National Education Council. İrfan Erdoğan, who examines, and monitors developments in education on a national and international scale, continues to share his evaluations, predictions, and analyses in panels and conferences, as well as in lectures at the university.