Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications

Membership Type: Full
Email: communications@hkcaavq.edu.hk
Year in which Organisation/Agency commenced operations: 1990

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Title: Ms.
First Name: Hing Pong Albert
Surname: Chow
Job Title: Executive Director
Phone: 3658 0000
Email Id: engagement@hkcaavq.edu.hk

Nominated Contact Person (if different from CEO)

First Name: Wai Ching Cindy
Surname: Chan
Job Title: Head of Executive Support & Engagement
Email Id: engagement@hkcaavq.edu.hk

Organisation Details

Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications
Address: 10 Siu Sai Wan Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Website: www.hkcaavq.edu.hk

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Criteria Requirements for Full Member

1 Criterion: Nature of the operations of the agency:
Measure: The agency is responsible for reviews at institutional or programme level of post-secondary
education institutions or post-secondary quality assurance agencies
Description: Describe here how your agency fulfils the above criterion.

The main role of the HKCAA is to provide independent and authoritative advice on academic standards by carrying out academic accreditation of institutions and validation or revalidation of programmes (See HKCAA Annual Report 2003 â?? 2004, p.7 at www.hkcaa.edu.hk).
2 Criterion: Mission statement and objectives:
Measure: The agency has formulated a mission statement and objectives which are consistent with the nature of the agency
Description: Describe here how your agency fulfils the above criterion.

The HKCAA is established by legislation. Its mission and objectives are prescribed by law (HKCAA Ordinance, Cap 1150, the Laws of Hong Kong at http://www.legislation.gov.hk/eng/home.htm). In essence, the objectives of the HKCAA are: providing accreditation services to institutions of higher education, advising and making recommendations to relevant bodies and disseminating information on academic standards.. The Council has not yet adopted a separate mission statement.
3 Criterion: Agency staff, Numbers, Profile, Roles:
Measure: The profile of the staff is consistent with the Mission Statement
Description: Describe here how your agency fulfils the above criterion.

The HKCAA is served by a Secretariat headed by the Executive Director who is an ex officio member of the Council. At present, the Secretariat comprises 13 professional and 11 support staff. The professional staff undertakes various accreditation and assessment tasks and serve the Council with the administrative assistance of the support staff (see HKCAA Annual Report 2003 â?? 2004, p.12, 44-45).
4 Criterion: Profile of reviewers:
Measure: The profile of the reviewers is consistent with the Mission Statement
Description: Describe here how your agency fulfils the above criterion.

The HKCAA maintains a Register of Subject Specialists to advise on academic standards and matters relating to overseas education system and qualifications. At present, the Register consists of over 1,300 local and non-local specialists covering most academic disciplines and some vocational sectors. The Register also provides a source of experts fro validation panel membership of the Council. The system facilitates peer review, a standard protocol that the Council advocates (see HKCAA Annual Report 2003 â?? 2004, p. 20 & 46).
5 Criterion: Independence:
Measure: The judgements and recommendations of the agency’s reports cannot be changed by third parties
Description: Describe here how your agency fulfils the above criterion.

The HKCAA is a statutory body with a charter defined in law. The Council is self-financing and autonomous. It provides professional advice to the Government and the public on request.
6 Criterion: Resources:
Measure: The agency has sufficient resources to run its operations in accordance with its mission statement and objectives
Description: Describe here how your agency fulfils the above criterion.

The accumulated surplus brought forward from 2002/2003 was HK$31.64m. After adding the net income of the year, the balance stood at HK$35.07m (see HKCAA Annual Report, p.38-39 & 54-68).
7 Criterion: External quality assurance criteria and processes:
Measure: The description of the processes and criteria applied should be transparent and publicly available and normally include:
self evaluation, site visit, public report and follow-up measure
Description: Describe here how your agency fulfils the above criterion.

The description of the processes and criteria have been laid down clearly in the HKCAA Handbook, which is public information. To facilitate fuller understanding, various documents such as â??General Introduction to Institutional Review and Programme Validationâ?, â??Operational Guidelines to Institutions on Institutional Review & Programme Validationâ? are published (see HKCAA Handbook, p.15-35).
8 Criterion: Quality assurance:
Measure: The description of the processes and criteria applied should be transparent and publicly available and normally include:
self evaluation, site visit, public report and follow-up measure
Description: Describe here how your agency fulfils the above criterion.

A HKCAAâ??s self-review, commissioned by the Council itself and conducted by an external consultant, was completed in September 2003.

Criteria Requirements for Institutional Member

Institutional Member Criteria:
Measure: Institutional Members are institutions of higher education in the region that are in good standing with the relevant quality assurance agency if one exists.
Proof of recognition as a Higher Education Institution: Applicable Only For Institutional Members
Proof of the organisation’s good standing with the local QA agency: Applicable Only For Institutional Members

Criteria Requirements for Associate Member

Associate Member Criteria:
Measure:Associate Members are organisations with a major interest and active involvement in evaluation, accreditation and quality assurance in higher education, but without the responsibility for assuring the quality of institutions, education programs, or external quality assurance agencies
Applicable Only For Associate Members

Criteria Requirements for Intermediate Member

1 Criterion: Nature of the operations of the agency:
Measure: The agency is responsible for reviews at institutional or programme level of post-secondary education institutions or post-secondary quality assurance agencies
Description: Applicable Only For Intermediate Members
2 Criterion: Mission statement and objectives:
Measure: The agency has formulated a mission statement and objectives which are consistent with the nature of the agency
Applicable Only For Intermediate Members
3 Criterion: :
Proof of the organisation’s good standing with the local QA agency
Applicable Only For Intermediate Members

Criteria Requirements for Observer

Criterion For Observers:
Measure: APQN accepts as Observers organisations outside the Asia-Pacific region, including: external quality assurance agencies; institutions with a major interest in evaluation, accreditation and quality assurance in higher education; other regional networks that have major interests in and strong links with the region
Criteria Requirements for Observer: Applicable Only For Observers

Documentation and Fees

Additional Information: No additional information is required for my application
Upon approval of my application I agree to pay:
  • $500 (Initial Joining Fee: Full Member, Intermediate Member, Associate Member)
  • $300 Member Fee: Full Member, Intermediate Member (if not INQAAHE Member)
I will be applying for support for: None

Documents Submitted







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