Quality is of utmost importance to the self-financing post-secondary sector. Currently, there are three quality assurance bodies in Hong Kong to monitor the quality of the post-secondary education sector. The Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) is a statutory body responsible for the quality assurance of all operators and programmes except the UGC-funded institutions which enjoy self-accrediting status*. The Quality Assurance Council (QAC) is a semi-autonomous non-statutory body under the aegis of the UGC to conduct quality audits of the UGC-funded institutions and programmes offered at undergraduate level and above, however funded. The Joint Quality Review Committee (JQRC) was established by the Heads of Universities Committees to provide peer review of the quality assurance processes of self-financing sub-degree programmes offered by the UGC-funded institutions.

Launched in May 2008, the Qualifications Framework (QF) is a seven-level hierarchy covering qualifications in the academic, vocational and professional as well as continuing education sectors. It seeks to establish an accessible articulation pathway to promote and support life-long learning with a view to continuously enhancing the quality, professionalism and diversification of Hong Kong’s workforce.

As part of the Government’s effort to support the development of the QF, the Designated Support Schemes for QF encourages and assists education providers in seeking accreditation of their programmes and register the qualifications and programmes on the Qualifications Register.

The Government has transformed the Tripartite Liaison Committee (comprising the Education Bureau (EDB), HKCAAVQ and JQRC) and formed the Liaison Committee on Quality Assurance by engaging the QAC. The goals of the Committee are to promote sharing of good practices among all the quality assurance bodies and enhance consistency and transparency so as to enhance accountability.

* The Education University of Hong Kong is one of the UGC-funded institutions which has self-accrediting status in respect of its teacher education programmes at degree and above levels as well as three programme areas covered by its existing Programme Area Accreditation (PAA) status, namely Chinese Studies, English Studies and Environmental Studies. Its programmes in other areas are subject to validation by HKCAAVQ.

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Last Review Date: 27/07/2016