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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 under the sponsorship of 46 national, local public and private universities.

The mission of the JUAA is to promote the qualitative improvement of higher education institutions in Japan. The JUAA started accrediting activities in 1951 for universities applying for full membership in the JUAA. In 1996, the JUAA revised its university accreditation system based on “self-study” by each university.

On August 31, 2004, the JUAA was certified by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as the first Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for universities. The JUAA currently performs Certified Evaluation and Accreditation in 7 fields.

1947 July JUAA founded with an initial membership of 46 and established its University Standards
August Published the University Standards and Its Explanations.
1949 April Established the Postgraduate Standards and Its Explanations.
1951 May Notified all member universities of the implementation of re-accreditation.
1952 June Approved membership of 38 universities (18 national, 2 local public and 18 private universities)
1959 December Officially established as a legally incorporated foundation.
1995 January Published the Accreditation Manual for accreditation of universities based on the new method.
1996 July Acquired membership in the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).
September The first accreditation procedures under the new regulations. Accreditation and re-accreditation have been implemented annually since.
2002 July Hosted an international symposium titled "Internationally Acceptable Quality Assurance in Higher Education."
2004 August JUAA was certified by the Minister of MEXT as the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for universities.
2005   Acquired membership in the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN).
2007 January JUAA was certified by the Minister of MEXT as the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for junior colleges.
February JUAA was certified by the Minister of MEXT as the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for law schools.
2008 April JUAA was certified by the Minister of MEXT as the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for professional graduate business schools.
2010 March JUAA was certified by the Minister of MEXT as the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for professional graduate public policy schools.
2011 July JUAA was certified by the Minister of MEXT as the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for professional graduate schools of public health.
2012 March JUAA was certified by the Minister of MEXT as the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for professional graduate school of intellectual property studies.


Certified Evaluation and Accreditation System in Japan

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

In this evaluation and accreditation scheme, all higher education institutions must undergo external evaluation once every 7 years, and all graduate schools conferring professional degrees, once every 5 years. The agency conducting such an external evaluation must be certified by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

JUAA became the first certified agency to perform the Certified Evaluation and Accreditation for universities in 2004. It was later certified to perform evaluation and accreditation activities in several other fields. The JUAA currently performs Certified Evaluation and Accreditation in 7 fields (universities, junior colleges, law schools, professional graduate business schools, professional graduate schools of public policy, professional graduate schools of public health, and professional graduate school of intellectual property studies).
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