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HKCAAVQ participates in QBBG Meeting 2020

18 Nov 2020

As a member agency of the Quality Beyond Boundaries Group (QBBG), HKCAAVQ participated in the QBBG Meeting 2020 organised by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Dubai, in virtual mode on 18 November 2020.

The global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic topped the agenda of this year’s meeting.  Facilitated by Mr Chinmay Jhaveri from LEK Consultants, a Panel Discussion session on the theme “Higher Education in a Post-COVID World” was held.  Panel members comprised representatives from the higher education sector: Dr Bryn Jones from Heriot Watt Dubai, Mr John Evans from Curtin Dubai, and Mr Jamaluddin Bin Ibrahim from UTP. The Panel shared their insights into what challenges are facing the institutions in the midst of the pandemic and possibly beyond, as well as what strategies and resources might be of relevance to the institutions in different parts of the world.

During the meeting, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) introduced to all participants the newly released Academic Integrity Toolkit with its range of case studies and educational resources targeted at students, faculty members and senior management of the higher education institutions. Participants appreciated that the release of the toolkit came timely and could be helpful for addressing some of the pressing issues sparked by the rapid growth and widespread adoption of e-learning.  

During the closed session of QBBG members, members were invited to share their latest development in the area of quality assurance in respective jurisdictions. Mr Albert Chow, Executive Director of HKCAAVQ, shared with other agencies about the HKCAAVQ's latest development and initiatives implemented to support the operators. That included the two survey questionnaires conducted at the beginning of and half-year through the pandemic to understand the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and the contingency measures put in place by the operators at the institutional and programme levels, as well as reflections on the effectiveness of various measures. HKCAAVQ took a step further in organising a Forum among the operators for sharing the lesson learnt and facilitating open dialogue and deepen collaborations between the operators and HKCAAVQ. Furthermore, Mr Chow unveiled the plan of HKCAAVQ to adopt the robotic process automation in streamlining the quality assurance procedures and making the provision for an increasing use of data analytics.