大学改革支援・学位授与機構National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education

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Historical Sketch

1986 April In its report “The Second Report on Educational Reform”, the National Council for Educational Reform proposes to examine the possibility of establishing an organization which grants academic degrees through assessment of academic achievement for the promotion of lifelong learning.
1989 July The Committees for Graduate Education and University Education of the Council for
Higher Education report the necessity to establish such an organization.
1990 June The preparation committee for the organization is formed and its office is located
at Graduate University for Advanced Studies.
1991 February The Council for Higher Education publishes “A Report for Founding of the Organization
which Grants Academic Degrees through Assessment”. The preparation committee
publishes “A Report on Agenda of the National Institution for Academic Degrees”.
July The National Institution for Academic Degrees is founded.
1992 March The first NIAD degrees are awarded.
1998 March The number of people granted NIAD degrees exceeds 10,000.
October In its report “A Vision of Universities in the 21st Century”, the Council for Higher
Education proposes to establish a third-party organization for university evaluation.
April 1999 The preparatory office and the preparatory committee for founding a national
organization for university evaluation are established in NIAD.
2000 February The preparatory committee publishes “A Report on Founding a National
Organization for University Evaluation”.
April NIAD is reorganized as a new entity charged with carrying out the evaluation of
universities in addition to its degree-awarding functions.
2001 September NIAD celebrates the 10th anniversary of its degree-awarding activities.
2002 March NIAD publishes the first university evaluation results for the trial university
evaluation period.
The number of people granted NIAD degrees exceeds 20,000.
2003 March NIAD publishes the second university evaluation results for the trial university
evaluation period.
April NIAD moves to its new offices in Kodaira City, Tokyo.
May The English name is changed from National Institution for Academic Degrees
(NIAD) to National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation
(NIAD-UE).
2004 March NIAD-UE publishes the third university evaluation results for the trial university
evaluation period, completing the trial evaluations.
April NIAD-UE is newly established as an Incorporated Administrative Agency.
November NIAD-UE pubulishes the meta-evaluation reports of the university evaluations
conducted during the trial period.
2005 January NIAD-UE is certified by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as an evaluation and accreditation organization for
universities, junior colleges, and law schools among professional graduate schools.
February NIAD-UE pubulicly announces evaluation results for college of technology
evaluation (trial evaluations).
March The number of people granted NIAD-UE degrees exceeds 30,000.
July NIAD-UE is certified by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science
and Technology as an evaluation and accreditation organization for
colleges of technology.
Octorber NIAD-UE establishes a Center for International Relations.
2006 March NIAD-UE publicly announces results of Institutional certified evaluation and accreditation (universities, junior colleges, colleges of technology) for the first time.
2008 March NIAD-UE publicly announces the results of certified evaluation and accreditation
of law schools for the first time.
The number of people granted NIAD-UE degrees exceeds 40,000.
2009 March NIAD-UE publicly announces the results of evaluation of education and research activities at national university corporations and inter-university research institute corporations for the first time.
2010 March The number of people granted NIAD-UE degrees exceeds 50,000.
2011 April NIAD-UE integrates its Department of Research for University Evaluation and Department of Assessment and Research for Degree Awarding to form a new Research Department.
May NIAD-UE integrates its Department of Research for University Evaluation and Department of Assessment and Research for Degree Awarding to form a new Research Department.
2013 May The number of people granted NIAD-UE degrees exceeds 60,000.
2014 July NIAD-UE establishes the Center for Japanese College and University Portraits.
2015 March Publication of the information by the Japanese College and University Portraits providing information about education at universities begins.
2016 April A new institution, National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education (NIAD-QE), is established by merger of National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation(NIAD-UE) and the Center for National University Finance and Management (CUFM).

National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education
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