Japan University Accreditation Association
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Standards Objectives and Characteristics
Evaluation Process Accreditation Mark


JUAA sets up “University Standards” as criteria for evaluating and accrediting universities, as well as a guideline for universities to maintain and improve their quality.

The Standards consist of:

1. Mission and Purpose
2. Internal Quality Assurance
3. Educational and Research Structure
4. Educational Program and Outcome
5. Student Enrollment
6. Faculty and Faculty Organization
7. Student Support
8. Education and Research Environment
9. Social Cooperation and Contribution
10. University Management and Finance

University Standards and its Rationale (206KB)
For further detail, please see University Accreditation Handbook.
University Accreditation Handbook (1,913KB)

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Objectives and Characteristics

JUAA conducts University Accreditation (Certified Evaluation and Accreditation) to assure and enhance the quality of academic activities by focusing on:

1) Internal Quality Assurance System and its Effectiveness

As the ultimate responsibility for quality assurance lied in the university itself, the main focus of University Accreditation is therefore placed on the function of IQA system and its effectiveness.

2) Self-improvement Activities

JUAA emphasizes self-study by each university to engage in autonomous improvement.

3) Achievement Evaluation

JUAA places more emphasis on evaluating achievement of the mission, goals, and educational objectives set by the university, while evaluation is strictly implemented to judge whether the university meets legal and other basic requirements.

4) Continuous Improvement

For encouraging and supporting the university to make improvements, JUAA requests for submit a Progress Report to the accredited university. JUAA reviews the Progress Report and publishes the result.

5) Peer Reviews

The evaluators assigned in University Accreditation are mainly faculty or administrative staff members of full-member universities.

Evaluation Process

The accreditation is implemented through the following process:

The university conducts a self-study based on the evaluation criteria specified by JUAA and submits a Self-study Report (1). The University Accreditation Committee appoints the evaluators and they review this report (2). After the document review, the evaluators visit to the university (3). The evaluators submit the accreditation results to the Committee and the Committee notifies the draft of the accreditation results to the university and provides the opportunity for statement of opinion by the university (4). The committee finalizes the accreditation result and notifies it to the university, the Minister of MEXT, and publishes it on JUAA website (5). The accredited university submits a Progress Report concerning issues identified within 3 years (6). The Committee reviews the status of improvements and provides the result to the university and publishes it (7).


Accreditation Mark

University accredited by JUAA will be issued with Accreditation Mark.
Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Results
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Accreditation (Law School) Accreditation (Business School)
Accreditation (Public Policy School) Accreditation (School of Public Health)
Accreditation (School of Intellectual Property Studies)
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