In order to maintain and enhance the quality of higher education and research at universities in Japan and contribute to the development of their individuality and diversity, NIAD-QE conducts the institutional certified evaluation and accreditation of universities for the following purposes and policies.
a) To assure the quality of education, research and other activities of universities by regularly evaluating the institutions in accordance with the Standards for Evaluation and Accreditation of Universities set by NIAD-QE
b) To contribute to improvement in the quality of education, research and other activities of universities by providing them with high quality reports
c) To encourage and assist universities to gain public understanding of and support for their status as institutions that serve the public good, by clarifying and publishing the conditions of their education, research and other activities
- (1) Standards-based evaluation and accreditation
- (2) Focus on educational activities
- (3) Contribution to the development of individuality
- (4) Evaluation and accreditation based on self-assessment
- (5) Peer review
- (6) A highly transparent system
- (7) Internationally acceptable evaluation and accreditation
Japanese legislation obliges all national, municipal/prefectural and private universities to be evaluated by an organization certified by the MEXT’s Minister at least once every seven years. NIAD-QE’s first cycle of institutional certified evaluation and accreditation of universities was from FY2005 to FY2011. The second cycle began in FY2012 and will continue until FY2018.