Importance of Gakko Hojin Certification

What exactly is Gakko Hojin?

Put simply, Gakko Hojin is a rigorous educational evaluation and accreditation process overseen by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government ministry.

13974578911_9340f847eb_zJapan has the third-largest economy in the world by nominal GDP and the fourth-largest by purchasing power parity (PPP), and it is the world’s second largest developed economy. It can be said that the learning market in the country is set to global standards: it has the second-largest higher education system in the world, with more than 1,200 universities and colleges.

KCP campus. | KCP Flickr

Japan’s  education system is one of the world’s most internationalized, with thousands of international students included in the total enrollment of the country. In the postwar era, the Ministry of Education has been the central authority. It oversees the establishment and recognition of tertiary (higher-ed) institutions.

The status of Gakko Hojin (educational corporation) can be granted only by the government to entities who are under strict compliance. To obtain this status, educational institutions are required to meet stringent measures in curriculum, administration, governance, accounting and finances, physical facilities, and land holdings. The status of Gakko Hojin entitles the institution and its students to government grants, deferred loans, tuition subsidies, scholarships, preferential treatment on tax law and social insurance fees, and even discounted rail passes on some instances.

Founded in 1983, KCP International is recognized as a leader in Japanese language education. It is well known for its Japanese language and cultural immersion in Tokyo.  KCP is a not-for-profit educational foundation. In April 2007, KCP International Japanese Language School, one of the largest and most highly recognized language institutes in Japan, was granted Gakko Hojin status.

KCP students and faculty. | KCP Flickr