Taiwan – Japan International Joint Accreditation Project and Interagency Staff Exchange among Taiwan, Japan, and Thailand


The International Joint Accreditation Project was set up as a partnership between the Taiwan Assessment and Evaluation Association (TWAEA) and Japan University Accreditation Association (JUAA). These two quality assurance agencies began providing joint accreditation services in 2018 for HEIs in Taiwan and Japan with the aim of promoting the internationalization of academic development. Taiwan and Japan each had one university take part in the first phase of this project. The committee members, composed of experts from both sides, are now set to undertake on-site evaluations and visits at the respective HEIs in February and April of 2019.

In addition to the International Joint Accreditation Project, TWAEA, JUAA and the Thai Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA) have since 2017 exchanged staff among the three organizations. Staff exchanges continued in 2018 with seminars and discussion forums. The first two exchanges were hosted by JUAA and TWAEA, and in February 2019 ONESQA organized an interagency exchange for the first time in Thailand. This year’s theme is “Preparedness of EQA Agency in a Disruptive World.” In addition to attending seminars and discussion forums, participating staff visited Thailand's Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC, Ministry of Education) and the campus of Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok. The three sides are expected to benefit from continued exchanges and grow their professional expertise by strengthening their understanding of different education systems and international evaluation mechanisms.

Dr. Shen-Li FU(left), the chairman of Taiwan Assessment and Evaluation Association (TWAEA), signed MoU with Dr. KYOSUKE NAGATA(right), the president of Japan University Accreditation Association (JUAA).

The staff of JUAA and TWAEA attended the interagency seminar of exchange hosted by the Thai Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA).

TWAEA has worked hard to promote the professional knowledge and skill related to accreditation and also the provision of accreditation services. To enhance the quality in higher education is always the mission of TWAEA. In recent years, TWAEA not only has started to join the members of the international accreditation organizations, but also worked closely with professional associations in Japan, Thailand, Europe, Russia, New Zealand, Croatia, Hong Kong and Macau for further cooperation.