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Quality Assurance Mechanism underpinning QF

The Hong Kong QF is underpinned by a robust quality assurance mechanism to ensure all QF-recognised qualifications are of good quality and standard.

According to the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications Ordinance (Cap.592), the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) is specified as the Accreditation Authority and the Qualifications Register (QR) Authority. It is tasked with the responsibility of assuring the quality of qualifications recognised under the QF and the administration of the QR.

The above Ordinance enables HKCAAVQ to assess academic and vocational and professional programmes conducted by non-self-accrediting institutions. As such, self-accrediting institutions* will not be affected.

The University Grants Committee (UGC) has established a Quality Assurance Council to assist the UGC in assuring the quality of all programmes at the levels of sub-degree, first degree and above (however funded) offered in UGC-funded universities.

* Remark: The nine self-accrediting institutions are: City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Lingnan University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Education University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The University of Hong Kong, and The Open University of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ)

Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) is a statutory body established under the HKCAAVQ Ordinance (Cap.1150). All qualifications including their providers (other than those offered by institutions with self-accrediting status as listed under Schedule 2 of the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications Ordinance (Cap.592)) have to be accredited by the HKCAAVQ before they can be registered in the Qualifications Register (QR) and recognised under QF.

For detailed information about the HKCAAVQ, please visit www.hkcaavq.edu.hk.

Appeal Board under the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications Ordinance (Cap.592)

The Appeal Board is an independent appeal mechanism established under Section 10(1) of the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications Ordinance (Cap.592) to determine appeals against the accreditation decision by the Accreditation Authority or a decision on the entry of a qualification into the QR by the QR Authority. HKCAAVQ is specified as the Accreditation Authority and QR Authority.

Terms of Reference

The Appeal Board provides an independent avenue for aggrieved parties to review the decision of the Accreditation Authority or Qualifications Register Authority on accreditation or qualifications registration matters. Its terms of reference are to deal with appeals under Section 11(1) of the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications Ordinance (Cap.592) by an operator, assessment agency or granting body.

Membership

The membership of the Appeal Board is as follows:

Chairman
Ms Jane Curzon LO, JP
Deputy Chairmen
Mr CHU Kin-wing
Ms Anita MA Wing-tseung
Mr SOO Kwok-leung
Members
Mr CHAN Kai-cheung
Professor Patrick CHAU Yam-keung
Professor Randy CHIU, MH
Professor Joanne CHUNG Wai-yee
Mr Hugh Alexander KAM Tsun-ting
Ms Catrina LAM Ding-wan
Ms Christina Maisenne LEE
Dr Miro NG Fei-yeung
Ms NGAI Yuet-ping
Miss Abigail WONG Kei-yee

Flowchart of the Appeal Mechanism

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Notice of Appeal

Under Section 11(2) of the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications Ordinance (Cap.592), an operator, assessment agency or granting body wishing to appeal shall lodge a notice of appeal with the Appeal Board in such form as the Chairman of the Appeal Board may specify.

Download the Notice of Appeal( pdf format  word format

Contacts

For service of notice of appeal or further information on the Appeal Board under the Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications Ordinance (Cap.592), please address to the Appeal Board.

The address is as follows:
Further Education Division, Education Bureau
7/F., East Wing
Central Government Offices
2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong

Ordinance and Appeal Rules

Cap. 592 Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications Ordinance

Cap. 592A Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (Appeal) Rules

Quality Assurance Council (QAC)

The Quality Assurance Council (QAC) has been established under the aegis of the University Grants Committee (UGC) and functions as a semi-autonomous body under the UGC. It aims to assist the UGC in assuring the quality of all programmes at the levels of sub-degree, first degree and above (however funded) offered by UGC-funded institutions.

For detailed information about the QAC, please visit www.ugc.edu.hk.