'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.
Under the ‘CAMPUS Asia’ concept, 10 pilot exchange programs were conducted over a five-year period from 2011 to 2015 after a joint review by the governments of Japan, China, and Korea.
At the 5th Japan-China-Korea Committee for Promoting Exchange and Cooperation among Universities, which met in Shanghai, China, in 2015, three modes were established to facilitate further development in the future in light of the high achievements of the pilot programs already conducted. The development plan for each mode is as given below.
Mode 1 (2015-): Enhance the openness of the programs (allow more flexible student mobility among programs)
Mode 2 (2016-): Expand the number of participating universities/programs in Japan, China, and Korea
Mode 3 (pending): Expand programs to Asian countries beyond Japan, China, and Korea
At the First Trilateral Education Ministers' Meeting, held in Seoul, Korea, in January 2016, the three countries’ education ministers expressed their intention to expand
financial support for the CAMPUS Asia Program. Based on that intention, in the fall of the same year, 17 programs (nine new and eight continuing) were selected as
full-fledged (mode 2) programs.
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:
The 6th Japan-China-Korea Committee for Promoting Exchange and Cooperation among Universities, which met in Seoul, Korea, in November 2017, approved a third round of monitoring, in recognition of the past achievements of CAMPUS Asia monitoring. With this approval, the monitoring agencies in the three countries are currently discussing the specific method of monitoring.