NIAD-QE awards Bachelor's degrees twice a year, in April and October, to learners who have acquired enough academic credits and sufficient academic attainments in their discipline other than matriculated university students.
As provided in the School Education Act, NIAD-QE is the only entity besides universities that is authorized to confer degrees in Japan.

On Friday, August 20th, 2021, the Committee for Validation and Examination of Degrees conducted a review of the Bachelor's degree awarding based on the results of reviews over earned credits and learning outcomes/examinations conducted by the expert committees and section meetings, and 234 out of 288 April-2021 applicants who graduated from junior colleges or colleges of technology, completed professional training colleges, and others that met the qualification were awarded Bachelor's degrees by NIAD-QE.

Number of Applicants and Bachelor's Degree Recipients

Major fields Applicants Degree recipients
Literature 9 6
Education 3 3
Sociology 1 1
Liberal Arts  2 2
Law 1 1
Political Science 1 1
Commerce 1 1
Business Administration 1 1
Science 8 2
Pharmaceutical Sciences 5 3
Nursing 181 151
Health Science 30 26
Acupuncture and Moxibustion 5 3
Oral Health Science 4 2
Nutrition 4 2
Engineering 14[7] 12[7]
Mercantile Marine Science 15[15] 15[15]
Home Economics 1 1
Art 2 1
Total 288[22] 234[22]

* In 2015, NIAD-QE introduced a special provision on the evaluation of academic attainment for the awarding of academic degrees to students who are scheduled to complete an advanced course at a junior college or college of technology recognized by NIAD-QE. The figures in parentheses show the number of applicants and degree recipients included in the total that fall under that special provision.

See pages 17-19 of “NIAD-QE Brochure, 2022” for more details on NIAD-QE's awarding of degrees.


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