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Business Schools

Standards Objectives and Characteristics
Schools Subject to Evaluation Evaluation Process
Accreditation Mark  


The JUAA Professional Graduate Business School Standards serve as criteria for JUAA to evaluate and accredit professional graduate business schools, as well as a guideline for the schools to maintain and improve their quality. The Standards consist of:

1. Mission, Purpose and Strategies
2. Educational Content, Methods, and Outcome
3. Faculty and Faculty Organization
4. Enrollment
5. Student Support
6. Education and Research Environment
7. Administration
8. Self-study and disclosing information

Professional Graduate Business School Standards (413KB)

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Objectives and Characteristics

The JUAA conducts Certified Evaluation and Accreditation for professional graduate business schools to assure and enhance the quality of their academic activities by focusing on:

1) the Mission, Goals, and Educational Objectives

The JUAA evaluates the academic activities of each school, shedding light on how each school strives to attain the mission, goals, and educational objectives declared by the school itself.

2) Continuous Improvement

Each accredited professional graduate business school is required to submit a Progress Report based on the accreditation results, demonstrating improvement on insufficiencies or non-compliances identified in the accreditation evaluation. The JUAA encourages the school to make improvements by providing continuous support by reviewing the Progress Report

3) Peer Review

The evaluators assigned in the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation for professional graduate business schools are mainly professional graduate business school faculty members who take part in the evaluation as peers.

4) Characteristic Good Practices

The characteristics and excellent activities identified in the process of evaluation are publicized widely as good practices.

Schools Subject to Evaluation

Applicable schools to JUAA’s Certified Evaluation and Accreditation are those meeting the following requirements.
1) The titles of degrees conferred must be Master of Business (professional), Master of Business Administration (professional), Master of International Business (professional), Master of Accounting (professional), Master of Finance (professional), Master of Management of Technology (professional), or other equivalent degrees.
2) The school must aim to develop capable human resources with professional knowledge required for the management of enterprises or other organizations, and maintain a high level of ethics as well as an international perspective.
3) Among the key competencies cultivated in students, in addition to professional and technical knowledge, the school must clearly target leadership abilities, such as foresight, analytical thinking, strategic planning, effective management of advanced technology, effective utilization of information technology, public and interpersonal communication abilities, etc.

Evaluation Process

The accreditation is implemented through the following process:

The applicant-business school conducts a self-study based on the evaluation items specified by JUAA (①) and submits a Self-study Report. The Professional Graduate Business School Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Committee reviews this Self-study Report (②). The Committee sends evaluators to each applicant-school (③). Taking the results of this site visit into consideration, the Committee drafts the accreditation results and forwards it to the applicant-business school for opinions (④). After hearing the opinions of the applicant-business school, the Committee formulates the final results of the accreditation, which will be notified to the applicant-business school, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and disclosed to the general public (⑤). The accredited business school submits a Progress Report within 2 years after the accreditation concerning issues identified in the accreditation evaluation (⑥). The JUAA reviews the status of improvements and provides feedback to each school(⑦).

Accreditation Mark

The JUAA issues an accreditation mark to each school satisfying the Standards to certify its accredited status.
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