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Definition of "Recognized Higher Education Institution" in Japan:

Public/private universities, junior colleges, and colleges of technology: organizations that have been conferred approval to establish institutions by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) after deliberations by the Council for University Establishment and School Corporation.

National universities, junior colleges, and colleges of technology: organizations established based on law.

National/Public/Private specialized training colleges (Postsecondary): organizations recognized mainly by prefectural Governors.

Details about universities, junior colleges, and colleges of technology are mainly on this portal site.

“Standards for the Establishment of a University,” “Standards for the Establishment of a Graduate School,” “Standards for the Establishment of a Junior College,” “Standards for the Establishment of Colleges of Technology,” “Standards for the Establishment of Specialised Training Colleges (Postsecondary Course),” etc. have been set up as the minimum standards that should be followed by national/public/private universities, junior colleges, and colleges of technology.

1. Institutions recognized by competent authorities

 

2. Higher education programmes recognized by competent authorities

3. Information for students planning to study in the country

4. Information on the higher education system

5. Information on foreign credential assessment and recognition

6. Information on financial assistance opportunities

7. Cross-border higher education

8. National Information Centre

9. Other information sources

10. Definitions of key terms

  • Institutions of Higher Education:
    Institutions of Higher Education in Japan include universities, junior colleges, colleges of technology, and specialised training colleges (Postsecondary course).
  • Degree:
    A Bachelor’s degree is conferred upon a person who has graduated from a university. The Master’s degree, PhD, and professional graduate school degree are respectively conferred upon a person who has completed a Master’s course, a Doctoral course, and a professional graduate school course. A junior college degree is conferred upon a person who has graduated from a junior college.
  • The National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation (NIAD-UE):
    NIAD-UE is an institution established by related ministries, although not one of the “Institutions of Higher Education Based on the School Education Law”. NIAD can confer a Bachelor’s degree upon a person who, after already graduating from a junior college or a college of technology, has completed certain amount of further coursework. NIAD-UE can also confer the Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and PhD to a person who has completed a course of an educational institution that is recognized by NIAD-UE.
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