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Evaluation of professional graduate business schools

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Evaluation of Professional Graduate Business Schools

The Tokyo Institute of Technology Graduate School of Innovation Management, a professional graduate business school specializing in management of technology (MOT), underwent certified evaluation and accreditation of professional graduate business schools by the Japan University Accreditation Association (JUAA) in FY2009. It was found to satisfy the standards specified by the JUAA for evaluation and accreditation of professional graduate business schools, and received accreditation on March 12, 2010 (valid for the period from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2015).

The Graduate School of Innovation Management received a high overall evaluation by the JUAA.
The Evaluation Report states that the Graduate School of Innovation Management is "a leader of MOT education in our country," and discusses six merits of the graduate school.
The Evaluation Report states that the Graduate School of Innovation Management is "a leader of MOT education in our country," and discusses six merits of the graduate school.

In light of the evaluation results, it is the intent of the Graduate School of Innovation Management to contribute to MOT education in Japan by continuing to strive to offer MOT courses that fulfill the mission of the professional degree programs. The goal of these courses is "to bring a global perspective and high ethical standards to the nurture of talented people who are capable of playing an active role as leaders in innovation management."

Overall Evaluation (excerpts)

For many years, Tokyo Institute of Technology has made notable achievements that have placed it at the core of engineering education in Japan. It is expected to utilize its advanced management resources to the fullest extent and play an ever more active role as a leader in MOT education in Japan.

The following criteria are discussed as merits of the Graduate School of Innovation Management

Criteria
Content
1 Mission, Purpose, and Strategies
The Graduate School is commended for offering various "Special MOT Seminars" every year in an effort to promote public awareness of MOT, and for inviting the exchange of ideas on its mission, purpose, and strategies.
2 Educational Content, Methods, and Outcome
(1) Educational Curriculum, etc.
The Graduate School is commended for its International Graduate Program (Integrated Doctoral Education Program) and enrollment of international students who wish to acquire a doctoral degree in the field of MOT, and also for actively undertaking a number of initiatives including the exchange of information and dispatch of instructors overseas in collaboration with overseas graduate schools with an MOT program. The Graduate School is also commended for offering lectures in English and for pro-active efforts to internationalize education and research.
2 Educational Content, Methods, and Outcome
(2) Educational Methods, etc.
The Graduate School is heartily commended on its pro-active effort to systemize Japanese-style MOT education while at the same time collaborating with industry to research and develop case-study teaching materials and reflecting the outcome in graduate courses. It is expected that the Graduate School will continue to evolve through collaboration with other professional graduate schools in the field of MOT.
4 Enrollment
Tokyo Tech's "dual degree student enrollment" of those enrolled in a separate doctoral program is a highly interesting initiative. In view of international conditions in which managers with a doctoral degree are not unusual, the Graduate School is commended as it continues to produce high-level technology managers in our country.
5 Student Support
In regard to exemption of admission and tuition fees, half of the admission fee was waived for 3 students and all or half of tuition fees were waived for 15 students (approximately half) in FY2007. The Graduate School is commended on its pro-active provision of financial support to students.
7 Administration
The Graduate School is commended on its outstanding graduate courses, all of which are related to and closely coordinated with the majors offered at Tokyo Tech, resulting in the commercialization of advanced science and technology.
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Results of the certified evaluation and accreditation are published on the website of the Japan University Accreditation Association.

The certified evaluation and accreditation system

In FY2004, an evaluation and accreditation system was introduced by which all national, public, and private universities are required to undergo periodic evaluation of their education and research activities by a third-party organization (evaluation and accreditation organization) certified by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. (paragraph (1) and (2), Article 109 of the School Education Act and Article 40 of the Ordinance for Enforcement of the School Education Act)

The evaluation and accreditation system

  • Assures the quality of universities
  • Discloses evaluation results so that universities can be evaluated by the public
  • Provides evaluation results that enable universities to take the initiative in improving the quality of education and research activities undertaken by universities.

There are two evaluation and accreditation systems: Certified Evaluation and Accreditation of Universities (conducted once every 7 years), which evaluates the overall condition of a university's education and research, organizational administration, and facilities and equipment, and Certified Evaluation and Accreditation of Professional Graduate Schools (conducted once every 5 years), which evaluates the condition of curricula, academic staff organization, and education and research activities of professional graduate schools.

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Refer to the University Evaluation Information Portal of the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation for detailed information on the evaluation and accreditation system.