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1st Anniversary Seminar

The celebration of the 25th Anniversary of HKCAAVQ began with the first thematic seminar on Effective Governance and Quality Assurance (QA) of Transnational Education (TNE). This was delivered by Dr Anna Ciccarelli, Fellow of The University of South Australia (UniSA), on 15 September 2015. Following Dr Ciccarelli’s presentation was a Panel Discussion with local representatives from higher education institutions and professional bodies, including Mr Eric Ng, Registrar and Secretary of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK); Dr Louis Ma, Director of the School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCOPE) of City University of Hong Kong; and Mr Albert Chow, Director of Qualifications cum Registrar of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).

With 25 years’ experience initiating and managing Australian international education programmes in an executive leadership role, Dr Ciccarelli shared her expertise with the audience and her views and analysis of challenges faced by host and home countries in ensuring effective governance and QA in TNE. The presentation focused on reflections of lessons learnt from Hong Kong as a host country and Australia as a source country; and the current and future trends in TNE. The key to ensuring effective governance and QA of TNE, according to Dr Ciccarelli, is the harmonisation of local and non-local QA frameworks, which can be achieved through continuous communication and cooperation with local and non-local QA and professional bodies. Local representatives at the Panel Discussion echoed Dr Ciccarelli’s views and shared their experience and perspectives on the importance of safeguarding the quality of TNE programme delivery for the benefit of local learners, as well as the adaptation of an outcome-based approach in the QA process of TNE programmes.

The seminar held at Youth Square, Chai Wan, was attended by nearly 100 participants, including local and overseas Council Members, senior members of UGC-funded institutions, AAA operators, representatives from professional bodies and QA agencies, as well as professional staff of HKCAAVQ.

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  1. Presentation by Dr Anna Ciccarelli
  2. Presentation by Mr Eric Ng
  3. Presentation by Dr Louis Ma
  4. Presentation by Mr Albert Chow