'CAMPUS Asia' is a government-led initiative with the aim of promoting exchange and cooperation with quality assurance among universities in Japan, China and Korea, in order to strengthen the competitiveness of universities and nurture the next generation of outstanding talent in Asia.
The 'CAMPUS Asia' concept originates in a proposal at the 2nd Japan-China-Korea Trilateral Summit, in October 2009, to hold an intergovernmental expert meeting to consider quality-assured exchanges among the three countries' universities. In response to this proposal, the Japan-China-Korea Committee for Promoting Exchange and Cooperation among Universities launched in April 2010, and reached an agreement to determine the concept of 'CAMPUS Asia' described as above. Concurrently, Guidelines for Exchange and Cooperation among Universities in China, Japan and Korea with Quality Assurance, a joint standard for QA, was established by the three governments, and used for reference when selecting 'CAMPUS Asia' pilot programs.
The 'CAMPUS Asia' initiative inaugurated a trilateral exchange program on a pilot basis, launching 10 exchange programs among Japan, China and Korea in 2011 through joint screening by the three countries. The programs were implemented over a five-year period.
The Japan-China-Korea Quality Assurance Council, launched in 2010 by quality assurance agencies in Japan, China and Korea (NIAD-UE of Japan, HEEC of China and KCUE of Korea), agreed to carry out quality monitoring for 'CAMPUS Asia' pilot programs. This is a joint initiative to support 'CAMPUS Asia' through quality assurance.
The common framework for monitoring agreed upon by the three agencies is as follows: