Certified evaluation and accreditation is conducted by organizations certified by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. For a successful approval, applicant bodies must fulfill the criteria set by the Minister in the standards, methodologies and frameworks of evaluation.

As of April 2020, the Minister has certified the 15 organizations indicated below. NIAD-QE is certified by the MEXT‘s Minister as an evaluation and accreditation organization of universities, colleges of technology and law schools.

Institutional Certified Evaluation and Accreditation

Target InstitutionsCertified Organizations (with Date of Certification)
UniversitiesJapan University Accreditation Association (JUAA) (31 Aug 2004)
NIAD-QE (14 Jan 2005)
Japan Institution for Higher Education Evaluation (JIHEE) (12 Jul 2005)
Japan Association for Quality of University Education (JAQUE) (21 Aug 2019)
Japan Association for College Accreditation (JACA) (30 Mar 2020)
Junior CollegesJACA (14 Jan 2005)
JUAA (25 Jan 2007)
JIHEE (4 Sep 2009)
Colleges of TechnologyNIAD-QE (12 Jul 2005)

Certified Evaluation and Accreditation for Professional Graduate Schools

Target SchoolsCertified Organizations (with Date of Certification)
Graduate Law SchoolsJapan Law Foundation (JLF) (31 Aug 2004)
NIAD-QE (14 Jan 2005)
JUAA (16 Feb 2007)
Management (Business Management, Technology Management, Finance, Management Information)ABEST21 (12 Oct 2007)
AccountingJapanese Institute of International Accounting Education (JIIAE) (12 Oct 2007)
Management (Business Management, Accounting, Technology Management, Finance)JUAA (8 Apr 2008)
MidwiferyJapan Institute of Midwifery Evaluation (JIME) (8 Apr 2008)
Clinical PsychologyFoundation of the Japanese Certification Board for Clinical Psychologists (FJCBCP) (4 Sep 2009)
Teacher Training (Professional Schools for Teacher Education, School Education)The Institute for the Evaluation of Teacher Education (IETE) (31 Mar 2010)
Public PolicyJUAA (31 Mar 2010)
Information, Creative Technology, Embedded Technology, Atomic PowerJapan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (JABEE) (31 Mar 2010)
Fashion BusinessJIHEE (31 Mar 2010)
Public HealthJUAA (4 Jul 2011)
Intellectual PropertyABEST21 (31 Oct 2011)
JUAA (29 Mar 2012)
Beauty BusinessInstitution for Accreditation and Quality Assurance of Professional Higher Education (QAPHE) (31 Jul 2012)
Environment, Landscape ArchitectureJapanese Institute of Landscape Architecture (JILA) (31 Jul 2012)
Global CommunicationsJUAA (29 Mar 2016)
Social WelfareJapanese Association for Social Work Education (JASWE) (2 Feb 2017)
Digital ContentsJUAA (24 Aug 2017)
Global Legal StudiesJUAA (15 Nov 2019)
Public RelationsJUAA (30 Mar 2020)

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