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Message from the President

Message from the President

Message from the President

Toshiji KURODA
Toshiji KURODA
President

Seeking to nurture citizens capable of assuming an active role in the 21st century, Japan’s institutions of higher education are expected to foster students who think and act on their own without placing too much emphasis on knowledge. The Guidelines for Postgraduate School Education Promotion Measures have been formulated to strengthen the focus on the content of postgraduate school education. By the same token, the policy for qualitative enhancement of undergraduate programs in university education has been announced to promote functional differentiation as well as to demonstrate the individuality and distinctive quality of each institution. As a result, universities are required to clarify what types of human resources they are developing to contribute to the revitalization of the local community and what can be accomplished. These measures are ultimately aimed at instilling in students a positive attitude toward engaging in lifelong learning on their own initiative. In response to these policy measures, institutions of higher education are now launching reforms in educational curriculum and methodology that have distinctive characteristics. These institutions are also required to disclose their educational and financial information to the public in order to reveal the actual situation of universities, which are becoming increasingly diverse and multi-layered, as well as to conduct self-study and evaluation for the sake of quality assurance.

In response to these changes in the educational environment, institutions for certified evaluation and accreditation have a responsibility to pursue greater public interest, fairness and impartiality as well as transparency.
In keeping with growing national expectations, the Japan Institution for Higher Education Evaluation (JIHEE) was authorized as a public interest incorporated foundation by the Prime Minister in accordance with the laws concerning the reform of public interest corporations, and made a new start on April 1, 2012.
I was appointed as president of JIHEE, which is entrusted with the important task of facilitating the development of higher education in Japan. I will do my best to discharge the important responsibilities that I have taken on.

The institutional evaluation has completed its first 7-year cycle as set forth by the National Government and it is now starting the second one. Following in the footsteps of my predecessor on the matter of evaluation policy, I ensure that accreditation to ensure conformity with the establishment standards in institutional evaluation, which forms the basis of the certified evaluation and accreditation system, is carried out in a fair manner and will verify the PDCA cycle centering on self-study and evaluation with a focus on the individuality, distinctive quality and special characteristics of each institution built on its educational philosophy.
Through these measures, we will improve the evaluation methods and thus effectively respond to the growing scale and diversity of institutions. Furthermore, we will operate our organization with the mutual cooperation and understanding of the member institutions, aiming to contribute to the enhancement and diversity of universities, not only member institutions but also all other evaluated institutions.
Your continued support and cooperation will be highly appreciated.

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