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Dec. 21, 2020 Presentations made by NIC-Japan Staff members at the 2020 TAICEP Virtual Conference

Activities

TAICEP*, a membership organization of international credential evaluators, held its annual conference virtually throughout the month of October. Seven staff members of NIC-Japan had the privilege of attending the Conference.

*TAICEP: The Association of International Credential Evaluation Professionals

While NIC-Japan has sent attendees to the annual conferences before, this year was the first time that its staff members contributed to the sessions as presenters. Co-presenting with his colleagues from the Centre on Academic Mobility and Equivalence (CIMEA) and Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), Mr. Takashi Hisano spoke of his experience at the NIC-Japan-CIMEA staff exchange program held in Rome earlier this year in the session titled “100 Reasons to Support International Exchange Among TAICEP Members.”

Dr. Taiji Hotta, the Executive Director of NIC-Japan, and a staff member co-hosted a session titled “An Update on Japan’s Educational System and Higher Education Qualifications.” The duo clearly described the education system in Japan and also discussed some of the frequently asked about issues in our center. They also explained how the Japanese educational institutions responded to the pandemic.

Overall, during the Conference, two or three sessions were held every weekday between 5th and 30th October. Various topics were raised, explained, and discussed during the event, including country updates on the educational system and the policies in China, India, France, etc.; UNESCO’s Global Convention on Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education; ETEEAP*, the Philippines’ unique degree-awarding system; assessment of refugees’ qualifications; digital forms of academic qualifications; and “spooky” certificates noticed by TAICEP members.

*ETEEAP: Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program