CURRENT REVIEWS

Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ)

The review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent the core quality assurance activities of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) comply with the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area. The evaluation is scheduled to finish in May 2021.

Background and context

Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) is applying for the external evaluation of the agency’s quality assurance activities, as listed under point 2.1 of this document, against the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG).  HKCAAVQ does not seek membership in ENQA nor registration on European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR).  The review is undertaken by the agency as a process to stimulate trust in quality assurance and quality of its higher education, and to support and add to the legitimacy of the agency as an internationally recognised external quality assurance agency.

Key Information of HKCAAVQ

    • HKCAAVQ is an independent statutory body established in 1990 providing quality assurance and assessment services to education and training institutions, course providers and the general public. In addition to its statutory roles, HKCAAVQ also provides advisory and consultancy services in education qualifications and standards to government bureaux and other organisations in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region.
    • The vision of HKCAAVQ is to be a nationally and globally recognised independent quality assurance body in education and training, dedicated to high quality accreditation, assessment and consultancy services.
    • The mission of HKCAAVQ is to safeguard the credibility of qualifications under the Qualifications Framework and enhances the quality of education and training in Hong Kong through provision of efficient and effective quality assurance services.
    • The four-year Strategic Plan (2015-2019) builds on the Vision and Mission with implementation of the Plan monitored through annual progress reports from the Secretariat to the Council.
    • In Hong Kong, accreditation by HKCAAVQ is mandatory for local programmes offered by non-self-accrediting institutions carrying the award titles of Associate Degree, Higher Diploma, Bachelor Degree or other higher degrees. Non-self-accrediting institutions that wish to operate programmes at Bachelor degree level or above are required to seek registration under the Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance (Cap 320). HKCAAVQ conducts Institutional Review (IR) for institutions that wish to seek registration under Cap 320 as a consultant.
    • In 2009, HKCAAVQ started to extend its accreditation services to non-local programmes (NLPs) which are registered under/exempted from registration under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance (Cap 493). Accreditation of NLPs is voluntary.
    • In 2016, HKCAAVQ also started to conduct IR for institutions that wish to seek private university title. After a successful IR, institutions can apply for the granting of private university title to the Chief-Executive-in-Council. HKCAAVQ also conducts this work as a consultant.
    • Under Section 4(2)(a) of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications Ordinance (Cap. 1150), HKCAAVQ may, subject to the prior approval of the Secretary for Education, conduct accreditation tests outside Hong Kong. This includes non-QF accreditation service for accredited Hong Kong Operators offering learning programme outside Hong Kong, primarily in Mainland China; as well as institutional and programme reviews for higher education institutions outside Hong Kong, primarily Macao.

Review process

This review will evaluate the way in which and to what extent the core quality assurance activities of HKCAAVQ meet the ESG. The outcomes of the review will not be considered for the membership of HKCAAVQ in ENQA nor as the registration of the agency on EQAR. The review panel is not expected to make any judgements as regards granting membership in ENQA.

Review panel
The panel is composed of the following members:

  • Achim Hopbach, Independent consultant; previous Managing Director, AQ Austria, Austria – Chair, quality assurance expert (ENQA nominee)
  • Ronny Heintze, Commissioner for International Affairs, AQAS, Germany – Secretary, quality assurance expert (ENQA nominee)
  • Rowena Pelik, Director Nations and Europe, QAA, UK – Panel member, quality assurance expert (ENQA nominee)
  • Tatjana Volkova, Professor, BA School of Business and Finance, Riga, Latvia – Panel member, academic (EUA nominee)
  • Alexandra Raijmakers, M. Phil. in HE, University of Oslo, Norway – Panel member, student (ESU nominee, member of the European Students’ Union Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool)

You can read HKCAAVQ’s self-assessment report on their website here.

This review is being coordinated by Goran Dakovic.