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Overview of the National Institute for Educational Policy Research

1 History

The National Institute for Educational Policy Research started as the National Institute for Educational Research, which was established in June 1949 based on the provisions in the Act for Establishment of the Ministry of Education-promulgated in the same year-together with the National Museums, Institute of Statistical Mathematics, and National Institute of Genetics.

In line with the reorganization of ministries and agencies in the central government, in January 2001 the research organization was reviewed and reorganized to strengthen its role and character further as a research institute contributing to the planning, formulation, and promotion of policies on education. As part of this major restructuring and reorganization, both the Curriculum Research Center and the Guidance and Counseling Research Center were newly established to enhance specialized research, while consultation and support functions were integrated with the public administration. Additionally, its name was changed to the National Institute for Educational Policy Research, reflecting its role as a comprehensive policy research institute.

April      2016 Establishment of the Early Childhood Education Research Center
Jun        2009 60th anniversary commemoration
January 2008 NIER relocation to the current building of the MEXT in Kasumigaseki
April      2004 Establishment of the Educational Facilities Research Center
April      2001 Establishment of the Practical Social Education Research Center in Ueno
Reorganization of the Educational Resources Research Center
January 2001 Rename to the National Institute for Educational Policy Research
Establishment of the Curriculum Research Center and the Guidance and Counseling Research Center
June      1999 50th anniversary commemoration
May       1989 Restructuring and reorganization of the Institute
May       1987 Establishment of the Educational Information Center
May       1972 Establishment of the Science Education and Research Center
June      1949 Establishment of the National Institute for Educational Research

2 Staff

139 staff members
(as of April 2017, excluding persons holding concurrent positions)


3 Budget

Research and project costs 1,584yen
Labor costs 1,406yen
Management and operating costs 264yen
Total 3,254yen

*Budget for FY2017 (Unit: JPY million)

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