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In 2005, the MOE collaborated with local universities and colleges to set up the Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT). The HEEACT undertakes both institution evaluations and program evaluations every six years. Institution evaluations are aimed at determining if universities have carried out their respective development plans. Targeting the individual departments of universities and colleges, program evaluations focus on their faculty, teaching, research and services at large. A smaller quota of students awaits those departments that score poorly in the evaluations. Furthermore, the MOE urges local universities to secure the accreditation of various international institutions. To date the HEEACT has been accepted as a member of such international accreditation organizations as the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).

The vision of HEEACT is to be "impartial and professional striving for excellence" in conducting the following missions:

1.To develop indicators and mechanisms for university evaluation.

2.To conduct higher education evaluation and accreditation commissioned by the Ministry of Education, and to advise the Ministry of Education on policy making based on evaluation reports.

3.To publish various ranking reports of higher education institutions as the reference point for the general public.

4.To hold training workshops and programs for reviewers, and to create a database of higher education evaluation practitioners.

5.To publish journals, magazines, and books on higher education evaluation in order to share higher education information with the public.

6.To promote international collaboration and exchange in higher education evaluation, and to raise the quality of Taiwan's higher education evaluation.

7.To participate in professional quality assurance organizations outside of Taiwan in order to internationalize Taiwan higher education evaluation.




IEET accreditation is a non-government, peer-review process with a student-outcomes based orientation. The purpose of which is to determine if a degree-granting program meets certain standards of quality. A program requests for IEET accreditation on a voluntary basis, and the accredited status is not permanent; it has to be renewed through periodic review to demonstrate the continuing fulfillment of IEET accreditation criteria.

IEET accreditation is not a ranking system, but a process through which to ensure that a program continues to achieve its own educational objectives and that its students have attained the required outcomes by graduation. IEET encourages the program to establish its own characteristics and by acquiring the accreditation status to declare to the relevant professional community and to the world at large, that it meets the quality standards set by the profession.

IEET accreditation applies to degree-granting programs at the Ministry of Education recognized universities that award bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees. Since 2004, IEET has been involved in accreditation of engineering, computing, technical, and architectural education.

IEET accreditation is a period review process with a six-year cycle, and the review types are general review and interim review. General review is a complete review process that takes place every six years, whereas the interim review is a focused, follow-up review within an accreditation cycle to check on the improvement made by the program based on the weakness observed from the last general review.




AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is a global, nonprofit membership organization of educational institutions, businesses, and other entities devoted to the advancement of management education. Established in 1916, AACSB International provides its members with a variety of products and services to assist them with the continuous improvement of their business programs and schools.

These products and services include:

  • Internationally recognized accreditation for undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs in business and accounting (Note: membership does not imply accreditation.)
  • Conferences, seminars, symposiums, and webinars that provide global professional development opportunities for business school administrators and faculty
  • Publications that provide insight into the business education industry
  • Access to extensive global data and corresponding reports related to business schools
  • Networking through groups and events held both online and in live environments
  • Sponsorships, exhibiting, and business development opportunities

In addition to providing its members with products and services, AACSB International strives to identify challenges and trends that are facing the business education industry through its research and various initiatives. The association also educates students, parents, employers, and counselors about accreditation and how to choose a quality business degree program that will fit their needs.