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Quality assurance at a distance: international accreditation in Taiwan higher education


In response to the global competitiveness in higher education, the government, in recent years, has encouraged Taiwan colleges and universities to seek international accreditation, which raises several questions, such as jurisdiction over national accreditation, a single set of standards for local and global quality assurance, demand for the mutual recognition of review outcomes, etc. With the looming pressures for change that international accreditation will likely pose on a Taiwan national framework of quality assurance, multiple impacts on institutions and national accrediting agencies in Taiwan are now beginning to be increasingly felt. Hence, this paper examines current academic international accreditation programs and institutions, recognizes Taiwan’s accrediting organizations, and analyzes the challenges that institutions and national accrediting agencies are facing.

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Hou, A.YC. Quality assurance at a distance: international accreditation in Taiwan higher education. High Educ 61, 179–191 (2011).

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  • International accreditation
  • Quality assurance
  • Taiwan higher education
  • Accrediting agencies