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Japanese Education System

Q:Is the United Nations University a Japanese university?

A:Although providing master’s and doctoral programs at its Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, the United Nations University (UNU) is not a university as defined by the School Education Act in Japan.

Meanwhile, Article 156, item (iv) of the Enforcement Regulation for the School Education Act stipulates that a person who has completed a course of the UNU and has been granted a degree equivalent to a Master's degree is considered as having academic ability equivalent to a person who holds a Master's degree awarded by a Japanese university, and therefore satisfies entrance qualification for Doctoral courses.

Also, then National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation (NIAD-UE) conducted the Third-Party Evaluation in 2014/15 and concluded that the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability met the Standards for Evaluation and Accreditation set by the Institution.

NIAD-UE deemed the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability as meeting the Standards for University Evaluation by reviewing and evaluating the university against the same standards following the same procedure as applied to Japanese universities.