January 4, 2016

 Happy New Year!
 I hope that this year will be a wonderful year for you.

 This year is going to be a very important year for NIAD-UE, one marking a new start for us. As already announced, IAD-UE will merge with the Center for National University Finance and Management (CUFM), forming the National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education (NIAD-QE) on April 1, 2016.

 The new institution will take over NIAD-UE’s mission including evaluation and accreditation of higher education, awarding of academic degrees, collaboration in quality assurance, and the research activities related to these as well as the work conducted by CUFM, including providing loans and grants for facilities expenses of higher education institutions.

 At present, we are working with CUFM to establish a new organization so that from April 1 NIAD-QE can carry out these operations steadily, effectively, and efficiently, as in the past, and in order to create synergy that takes advantage of the experience and strengths of both organizations, with the aim of enhancing our capacity to increase the quality of higher education.

 As the environment surrounding higher education in Japan undergoes rapid change, including globalization and the university diversification, the expectations of and roles played by university support organizations such as NIAD-UE, CUFM, and the new institution, have been growing in recent years.

 The faculty and staff of NIAD-UE are determined to make greater, unified exertions to contribute to the further development of higher education. We look forward to your continued understanding of and cooperation in our efforts.


Tomoyuki Nogami, President
National Institution for Academic Degrees
and University Evaluation (NIAD-UE)


1-29-1 Gakuen-nishimachi Kodaira-shi,Tokyo 187-8587 Japan



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