Governing Guidelines

Ministry of Education

Guidelines Governing the Recognition of Domestic and
Overseas Professional Accrediting Organizations

 

Amended on August 6, 2013

Article 1

The Ministry of Education (hereinafter ‘the MOE’) has established the Recognition Committee for Domestic and Overseas Professional Accrediting Organizations (hereinafter ‘the Recognition Committee’) and has formulated these Guidelines in order to recognize professional accrediting organizations in accordance with Article 5, paragraph three of Regulations Governing University Accreditation, and to implement Guidelines for University Self-Evaluation and Recognition of Domestic and Overseas Professional Accrediting Organizations (hereinafter ‘the Recognition Guidelines’).

 

Article 2

The terms used in these Guidelines are defined as follows:

  1. Domestic professional accrediting organization: refers to a national academic organization that has been approved and registered by a governmental authority, or a national civic organization or national professional organization that has been approved and registered and whose founding mission is related to higher education.
  2. Overseas professional accrediting organization: a national academic organization that has been approved and registered by a foreign government or international organization, or a national or international non-profit private organization or professional organization that has been approved and registered and whose founding mission is related to higher education.

 

Article 3

The Recognition Committee consists of 15 members. The Minister of Education will appoint the following members:

  1. Ten representatives from the following agencies/organizations: the Director of the Department of Higher Education (MOE), the Director of the Department of Technical and Vocational Education (MOE), two representatives from the Association of National Universities of Taiwan, two representatives from the Association of Private Universities and Colleges of Taiwan, two representatives from the Association of Private Universities and Colleges of Technology of Taiwan, and two representatives from the Association of National Universities and Colleges of Technology of Taiwan.
  2. Five experts/scholars.

There is one Convener on the Recognition Committee who will be selected by and among committee members.

 

Article 4

Committee members serve one term of three years and may be reappointed. A committee member who is not a representative of the MOE may only be reappointed once.

A vacancy that opens on the Committee will be handled as follows: if the vacancy is due to the departure of a representative from an agency/organization, whomever has assumed that representative’s position at the agency/organization will become the replacement committee member. If the vacancy is due to the departure of a member who is not a representative from an agency/organization, the Minister of Education will appoint a replacement. The replacement member will serve out the remainder of the original term of appointment.

 

Article 5

The Recognition Committee may only hold a meeting if more than two-thirds of committee members are present.

If a member from an agency/organization is unable to attend due to reasons outside of their control, they may appoint someone who holds an equivalent administrative position to attend in their place.

Decisions on recognition are generally passed by consensus. When necessary, a vote may be held. A decision may only be passed with the support of a minimum of two-thirds of present members.

 

Article 6

A domestic professional accrediting organization may be recognized if it meets the basic requirements listed below:

  1. It has clear and professional accrediting mechanisms;
  2. It has accredited a higher education institution, a related department, institute, or program within the past three years.

A domestic professional accrediting organization that does not meet the requirements in (2) above may instead establish its own Evaluation Committee (hereinafter ‘the Committee’) in accordance with Article 4, paragraph 1 of MOE Regulations Governing University Accreditation, or have the MOE commission an academic organization, professional accrediting organization, or the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (hereinafter ‘HEEACT’) to conduct an on-site visit and make a decision.

 

Article 7

An overseas professional accrediting organization may be recognized if it meets the basic requirements below:

  1. It has clear and professional accrediting mechanisms;
  2. It has accredited a higher education institution, a related department, institute, or program within the past three years;
  3. Its field of professional accreditation is globally recognized.

 

Article 8

A domestic professional accrediting organization must submit the following documents when applying for recognition:

  1. Application Form (Appendix I)
  2. Documents demonstrating eligibility or a photocopy of its civil association registration certificate
  3. Photocopy of its organizational charter and the national ID card of its representative
  4. Documents specified in Article 4, paragraph 2 of the Recognition Guidelines.

The format of the application form mentioned in (1) above as well as the documents from Article 4 will be decided by the Recognition Committee.

 

Article 9

Domestic professional accrediting organizations may apply for recognition from the MOE every year in March, June, September, and December.

The review process is for a period of three months and is divided into the following stages:

  1. Initial review: The administrative department at the MOE will conduct an initial review within 10 days of receiving the application to ensure that all required documents have been included. If a document is missing, the applicant will be notified and requested to provide it within ten days.
  2. Review stage: The Recognition Committee will perform a document review over the span of six weeks. When necessary, the Recognition Committee may conduct an on-site visit at the organization. The deadline for review may be extended based on the schedule of the on-site visit. After review is complete, initial results will be approved in accordance with administrative procedures.
  3. Decision: The MOE will make the final decision and make an announcement if an organization has been recognized.

 

Article 10

An overseas professional accrediting organization will be automatically recognized by the Recognition Committee based on international accreditation information and related accreditation databases.

 

Article 11

Recognition is valid for a period of up to five years. During this period, the MOE may commission the Recognition Committee, an academic organization, professional accrediting organization, or the HEEACT to conduct a document review or on-site visit for interim review.

 

Article 12

During the period of recognition, MOE may cancel its recognition of a domestic or overseas professional accrediting organization and update its list of recognized organizations under the following circumstances:

  1. A domestic professional accrediting organization does not satisfy the basic requirements in Article 6.
  2. An overseas professional accrediting organization does not satisfy the basic requirements in Article 7.

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