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Academic Accreditation

Non self-accrediting higher education institutions in Hong Kong are subject to quality assurance by the HKCAAVQ to ensure that their governance structure, academic standards and quality, teacher quality, quality assurance mechanisms and financial condition meet the required standards as specified in the Four-stage Quality Assurance Process.

The HKCAAVQ also conducts Institutional Review (IR) for institutions that wish to seek registration under the Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance (Cap 320).  IR is an accreditation exercise for establishing evidence of an institution’s competence to operate programmes at Bachelor degree level while meeting the standards at QF level 5. Furthermore, HKCAAVQ conducts Institutional Review for Private University Title for the purpose of making an application for university title for consideration by Chief Executive in Council. 

Accreditation is undertaken with reference to standards that have been benchmarked both locally and internationally through a process of peer review.  The HKCAAVQ issues an accreditation report on the outcome of the accreditation activity normally within 14-20 weeks for combined Initial Evaluation and Learning Programme Accreditation (from receipt of the accreditation document to the issuance of the accreditation report).

Non-local Learning Programmes (NLP) registered/exempted under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance (Cap 493) may apply for the HKCAAVQ’s NLP Accreditation.  Upon successful accreditation, the qualifications of relevant non-local programmes may be entered into the Qualifications Register (QR) for recognition under the Qualifications Framework (QF).

The HKCAAVQ offers various training workshops to operators who plan to seek accreditation services from the HKCAAVQ.  For more information, please refer to the webpages under the “Training” section.

Useful Information

For Accreditation of Academic Learning Programmes

  • Guidelines on Four-Stage QA Process under QF PDF
  • Guidance Notes on Initial Evaluation, Learning Programme Accreditation and Learning Programme Re-accreditation PDF History of changes
    • Guidance Notes: Submission Guide for Initial Evaluation | MS Word
    • Guidance Notes: Submission Guide for Initial Evaluation at QF Levels 6 and 7 for Degree-granting Operators | MS Word
    • Guidance Notes: Submission Guide for Learning Programme Accreditation | MS Word
    • Guidance Notes: Submission Guide for Learning Programme Re-accreditation | MS Word
  • Updated Revised Common Descriptors for Associate Degree and Higher Diploma Programmes under the New Academic Structure (Version as at February 2017) | PDF
  • Classification of Areas of Study and Training in the Qualifications Register (QR), List of Sub-areas and Illustrative Scope Statements PDF
  • Guidance Notes on Programme Area AccreditationPDF History of changes
  • Guidance Notes on Periodic ReviewPDF
  • Statement of Intent MS Word | PDF History of changes

For Institutional Review

  • Guidelines on Institutional Review for the Purpose of Seeking CAP 320 Registration | PDF
  • Institutional Review Manual for Private University Title (IR Manual) PDF

Others

  • Guidelines for Promoting Accredited Programmes and Programmes undergoing Accreditation | PDF
  • Guidelines for Advertisements relating to the QF PDF
  • Guidance Notes on Substantial Change to Accreditation Status PDF History of changes
  • Application Form for Substantial Change MS Word
  • List of Operators awarded PAA Status PDF
  • Generic Level Descriptors | PDF
  • FAQs PDF

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