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Attachment Visits – HKCAAVQ and Council for Private Education (CPE) of Singapore

13 Jun 2016 - 17 Jun 2016

HKCAAVQ delegates visited Council for Private Education (CPE) of Singapore.

Riding on the Memorandum of Understanding between HKCAAVQ and CPE*, attachment visits were arranged for staff from both sides in June 2016.

Dr Kathy Chung, Registrar of Academic Accreditation and Assessment, was attached to the CPE’s Registration Department and Assessment Department (AD) from 13 to 17 June 2016. The attachment programme included briefings on CPE’s Enhanced Registration Framework (ERF) and EduTrust Certification Scheme (EduTrust), as well as site visits for ERF registration renewal of a private education institution (PEI) and the EduTrust renewal assessment of another PEI. In addition, arrangements were made for Kathy to observe both a pre-visit and a post-visit EduTrust assessment meetings where panel members discussed and assessed the PEIs concerned against the six criteria stipulated under the EduTrust certification process, using the checklists and templates developed for internal use. The attachment had provided operational understanding and insights into the CPE’s regulatory and quality assurance system and processes in the private education sector.

Ms Lim Su-Fern, Principal Inspector of Planning and Operations Department and Mr Benjamin Foo, Principal Assessor of AD visited HKCAAVQ from 22 to 24 June 2016. Colleagues of HKCAAVQ briefed the visitors on the work of HKCAAVQ, and the visitors had an opportunity to meet with various colleagues of HKCAAVQ in small groups so that they could learn more about HKCAAVQ’s accreditation and consultancy services, research and training, as well as assessments of non-local courses. The two visitors observed a session of a Refresher Workshop for Specialists. They also provided a presentation to HKCAAVQ staff on ‘Regulation and quality assurance of private education institutions (PEIs) in Singapore’, which was well received with an enthusiastic Q&A session.

The value of cooperation and mutual understanding was affirmed by both parties. HKCAAVQ looks forward to more collaborative opportunities with CPE.

* Effective 3 October 2016, the Council for Private Education became part of a new statutory board – SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and the SSG Board has appointed the Committee for Private Education (CPE) to carry out its functions and powers relating to private education under the Private Education Act.