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Message from the President

Message from the President

Message from the President

Toyoshi SATOW
Toyoshi SATOW
President,JIHEE

Dear Colleagues and Friends!

I would like to inform you that on 30 July 2020 I was appointed as the fourth President of JIHEE (Japan Institution for Higher Education Evaluation) by its Board of Directors. JIHEE was established in 2004 as an organization to make evaluation of universities, junior colleges and other higher educational institutions in Japan in accordance with Article 110 of its School Education Law. In 2012 JIHEE was certified as a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation in the field of higher education by the Prime Minister’s Office.

For the last 14 years from 2005 through 2019 JIHEE has conducted evaluations for 650 universities, 17 junior colleges and two graduate schools in total. The common purpose of these evaluations is to support the autonomous enhancement and improvement of quality of higher education in Japan. Almost all institutions which have been evaluated by JIHEE until today are funded by private corporations. This is the most significant characteristic of JIHEE. None of private universities/junior colleges were established without being based on the founding principles which are unique to every university/college. JIHEE highly respects those principles when making evaluation, because they are nothing but “raison d'être” of those institutions.

JIHEE, having terminated three cycles of evaluation since its inception (the first from 2005 to 2010 and the second from 2011 to 2017), has entered the third cycle since 2018 in respect of evaluation. Thus, its Evaluation Standards have largely been revised, so that internal quality of education and research activities of every institution would be further assured.

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