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Brief History of JUAA and an Overview of the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation System in Japan

Brief History of JUAA

The Japan University Accreditation Association (JUAA) is a voluntary organization of higher education institutions. Taking several U. S. accreditation agencies as a model, it was established in 1947 with 46 initial member institutions which include national, local public and private universities.

Our mission is to promote the qualitative improvement of higher education institutions in Japan through the voluntary efforts and mutual assistance of member institutions and to contribute for international cooperation such as educational and research activities in higher education institutions. We started accrediting activities in 1951 for universities applying for full membership. In 1996, we revised our university accreditation system based on “self-study” by each university.

We are the first Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for university certified by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in 2004. We currently perform Certified Evaluation and Accreditation in 9 fields.

1947 July JUAA founded with an initial membership of 46 universities and established its University Standards.
1949 April Established the Post Graduate Standards and its Explanations.
1951 May Launched accreditation system for judging membership eligibility.
1952 June Approved membership of 38 universities (18 national, 2 local public and 18 private universities).
1959 December Established as a legally incorporated foundation.
1995 January Published the Accreditation Manual for accreditation of universities based on the new method.
1996 July Joined the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).
September The first accreditation procedures under the new methods.
2002 July Hosted and international symposium titled “Internationally Acceptable Quality Assurance in Higher Education” supported by INQAAHE.
2004 August Certified by the Minister of MEXT as the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for University.
2005   Joined the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN).
2007 January Certified by the Minister of MEXT as the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for Junior College.
February Certified by the Minister of MEXT as the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for Law School.
2008 April Certified by the Minister of MEXT as the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for Professional Graduate Business School.
2010 March Certified by the Minister of MEXT as the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for Professional Graduate School of Public Policy.
2011 July Certified by the Minister of MEXT as the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for Professional Graduate School of Public Health.
2012 March Certified by the Minister of MEXT as the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for Professional Graduate School of Intellectual Property Studies.
2016 March Certified by the Minister of MEXT as the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for Professional Graduate School of Global Communications.
2017 April Started accreditation for School of Veterinary Medicine.
September Certified by the Minister of MEXT as the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for Professional Graduate School of Digital Contents.


Certified Evaluation and Accreditation System in Japan

Certified Evaluation and Accreditation, a national mandatory evaluation and accreditation scheme for higher education in Japan, was introduced in 2004 to assure and enhance the quality of academic activities.

In this scheme, all higher education institutions must undergo external evaluation once every 7 years, and all professional graduate schools must undergo it once every 5 years.

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