National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education (NIAD-QE)

Membership Type: Full
Email: dir-intl@niad.ac.jp
Year in which Organisation/Agency commenced operations: 2000
Countries/regions/states of operation: japan

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Title: Dr.
First Name: Hideki
Surname: FUKUDA
Job Title: President
Phone: +81-42-307-1634
Email Id: dir-intl@niad.ac.jp

Nominated Contact Person (if different from CEO)

First Name: Ritsuko
Surname: DOKO
Job Title: Director, International Affairs Division
Email Id: dir-intl@niad.ac.jp

Organisation Details

National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education (NIAD-QE)
Address: 1-29-1 Gakuen-nishimachi Kodaira-shi, Tokyo 187-8587
Japan
Website: https://www.niad.ac.jp/english/

Additional Contacts

Criteria Requirements for Full Member

1 Criterion: Nature of the operations of the agency:
Measure: The agency is responsible for reviews at institutional or programme level of post-secondary
education institutions or post-secondary quality assurance agencies
Description: The National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation (NIAD-UE) was established based on the Law concerning the General Rules of Independent Administrative Institutions and the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation Law. The institutionâ??s mission is to contribute to further development of higher education in Japan. In order to raise the quality of education and research at higher education institutions (universities, junior colleges and colleges of technology) and inter-university research institutes NIAD-UE conducts evaluations of teaching conditions and research activities at these institutions. At the same time, in order to realize the society in which the outcomes learners earned at diversified higher education institutions, such as non-university institutions, are duly appreciated, NIAD-UE assesses the results of various learning provided at the higher education level and awards academic degrees to learners recognized as having fulfilled required academic standards.

Please see the following Annual reportâ??s page 3.
2 Criterion: Mission statement and objectives:
Measure: The agency has formulated a mission statement and objectives which are consistent with the nature of the agency
Description: Our roles are:
To encourage universitiesâ?? self-motivated improvements of their education and research activities through evaluations.
To promote uiversitiesâ?? accountability and to win broad public understanding and supports by disclosing the evaluation results.
To award the academic degrees (bachelorâ??s, masterâ??s, and doctorate) in accordance with the guidelines prescribed by the School Education Law.
To conduct surveys and researches for pursuing effective quality-assurance and degree-awarding systems for/in higher education institutions.
To collect and disseminate information on the evaluation of the higher education institutions and the various learning opportunities at higher education level.
3 Criterion: Agency staff, Numbers, Profile, Roles:
Measure: The profile of the staff is consistent with the Mission Statement
Description: The total number of the full-time positions is 152, including 15 executive/administrative staff and 29 academic staff positions.
About the executive/administrative staff and academic staff, please see the following URL.
http://www.niad.ac.jp/english/about/orgad.html
4 Criterion: Profile of reviewers:
Measure: The profile of the reviewers is consistent with the Mission Statement
Description: NIAD-UE requests associations of universities and other related organizations to recommend candidates of reviewers. It nominates and appoints the reviewers from the pool of candidates. Our committees compose of academia members and outside academia members.
Please see the following URL. 
http://www.niad.ac.jp/english/unive/comitteeua.html
http://www.niad.ac.jp/english/unive/comitteejca.html
http://www.niad.ac.jp/english/unive/comitteecta.html
http://www.niad.ac.jp/english/unive/comitteelsa.html
http://www.niad.ac.jp/english/unive/comiteenuere.html
5 Criterion: Independence:
Measure: The judgements and recommendations of the agency’s reports cannot be changed by third parties
Description: NIAD-UE is established based on the Law concerning the General Rules of Independent Administrative Institutions. Article 3,of the law guarantees independence of the activities implemented by the Independent Administrative Institutions. Our final judgement and recommendations cannot be changed by third parties.
6 Criterion: Resources:
Measure: The agency has sufficient resources to run its operations in accordance with its mission statement and objectives
Description: NIAD-UE works on a budget of around two billion (2,000 million) yens a year. Most of the budget are from the government subsidies.

Please see the following Annual reportâ??s page 26.
http://www.niad.ac.jp/english/about/niad2004.pdf
About our work record, please see the following URL.
http://www.niad.ac.jp/english/unive/data.html
7 Criterion: External quality assurance criteria and processes:
Measure: The description of the processes and criteria applied should be transparent and publicly available and normally include:
self evaluation, site visit, public report and follow-up measure
Description: NIAD-UE has â??Standards for Universities,â? â??Standards for Junior Colleges,â? â??Standards for Colleges of technology,â? and â??Standards for Professional graduate schools (Law Schools).â?
NIAD-UE has the review manuals for self-study/ self-evaluation, external review and site visit. Those guidelines are distributed via hard copy and Internet.
Please see the following URL and Attached files about the outline of the scheme.
http://www.niad.ac.jp/english/unive/accreditation.html
8 Criterion: Quality assurance:
Measure: The description of the processes and criteria applied should be transparent and publicly available and normally include:
self evaluation, site visit, public report and follow-up measure
Description: NIAD-UE established the Trial Evaluation Verification Committee, composed mainly of outside experts, to clarify both the successful aspects and problems highlighted by the trial university evaluations conducted from FY2000 through FY2002. The committee verified the evaluation framework, process, results and outcomes from multiple perspectives and reported in mid of 2004. The verification results and recommendations have been adopted for the new evaluation scheme started in 2004. For the active evaluation systems when substantive matter, such as standard, methodology, evaluation process, etc. is changed, the draft is opened to the public for recruiting comments in order to assure the fairness and transparency.

Please see the following URL.
http://www.niad.ac.jp/english/unive/metaeva.html

Besides, all of our evaluation activities are objectives of the annual and mid-term evaluations implemented by the Committee for the Evaluation of Independent Administrative Institutions and they are assessed year by year.

Criteria Requirements for Institutional Member

Institutional Member Criteria:
Measure: Institutional Members are institutions of higher education in the region that are in good standing with the relevant quality assurance agency if one exists.
Proof of recognition as a Higher Education Institution: Applicable Only For Institutional Members
Proof of the organisation’s good standing with the local QA agency: Applicable Only For Institutional Members

Criteria Requirements for Associate Member

Associate Member Criteria:
Measure:Associate Members are organisations with a major interest and active involvement in evaluation, accreditation and quality assurance in higher education, but without the responsibility for assuring the quality of institutions, education programs, or external quality assurance agencies
Applicable Only For Associate Members

Criteria Requirements for Intermediate Member

1 Criterion: Nature of the operations of the agency:
Measure: The agency is responsible for reviews at institutional or programme level of post-secondary education institutions or post-secondary quality assurance agencies
Description: Applicable Only For Intermediate Members
2 Criterion: Mission statement and objectives:
Measure: The agency has formulated a mission statement and objectives which are consistent with the nature of the agency
Applicable Only For Intermediate Members
3 Criterion: :
Proof of the organisation’s good standing with the local QA agency
Applicable Only For Intermediate Members

Criteria Requirements for Observer

Criterion For Observers:
Measure: APQN accepts as Observers organisations outside the Asia-Pacific region, including: external quality assurance agencies; institutions with a major interest in evaluation, accreditation and quality assurance in higher education; other regional networks that have major interests in and strong links with the region
Criteria Requirements for Observer: Applicable Only For Observers

Documentation and Fees

Additional Information: No additional information is required for my application
Upon approval of my application I agree to pay:
  • $500 (Initial Joining Fee: Full Member, Intermediate Member, Associate Member)
  • $300 Member Fee: Full Member, Intermediate Member (if not INQAAHE Member)
I will be applying for support for: None

Documents Submitted







NIAD-UE_Standard_Rev1.doc








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