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QAA confident with HKCAAVQ’s accreditation decisions in UK Transnational Education provision in Hong Kong

07 Aug 2018

A new report from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the United Kingdom, identifies Hong Kong as the fourth largest host region for UK higher education. The report also concludes that Hong Kong Council of Accreditation for Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) reviews and judgements can be relied upon for the purpose of UK quality assurance by the QAA and institutions.

In Hong Kong, 72% of non-local higher education is delivered by UK providers and partnerships and 27,390 students are studying for a UK qualification. As of May 2018, 168 Non-Local Programmes (NLPs) had been accredited by the HKCAAVQ. The vast majority of accredited NLPs lead to UK degrees.

'UK higher education is extremely popular in Hong Kong, and universities at home have been quick to meet the demand for top-up degrees as well as successfully exporting the more traditional full degree programmes,' says QAA's International Manager Fabrizio Trifiro’.

Thirty-nine UK universities offer degree programmes in Hong Kong and QAA reviewed 14 Hong Kong/UK partnerships for academic quality and standards. For the first time, some of this review was carried out jointly with the HKCAAVQ.

The QAA review concluded that with HKCAAVQ’s peer-review panels and the use of the HKQF, QAA can confidently rely on HKCAAVQ’s accreditation decisions for UK Transnational Education (TNE) provision in Hong Kong. And based on peer-review evaluation, it also mentioned HKCAAVQ reviews and judgements can be relied upon for the purpose of UK quality assurance by the QAA and institutions. This means that QAA is able to recognise HKCAAVQ accreditation decisions, avoiding the need in the future to review UK TNE provision accredited by HKCAAVQ.

QAA and HKCAAVQ have a long history of cooperation underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding. Both agencies are committed to working towards establishing a strategic alliance to enhance external quality assurance in both jurisdictions and improve the quality of higher education in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.

HKCAAVQ is appointed as the Accreditation Authority and Qualifications Register Authority under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework under the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications Ordinance (Chapter 592). HKCAAVQ conducts accreditation tests for programmes which seek to be recognised under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF).

QAA is the independent quality body for UK higher education. It is a higher education charitable company, which is limited by guarantee and whose members are representative organisations of the higher education sector.

The Report on UK TNE provision in Hong Kong has been published on www.qaa.ac.uk on 6 August 2018. For more information, please contact HKCAAVQ at [javascript protected email address]

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