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QQI renews MoU with HKCAAVQ in Hong Kong

QQI is delighted to announce the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ). QQI’s CEO, Dr Padraig Walshe travelled to Hong Kong for the re-signing ceremony on the 18 September 2018, which took place at the Central Government Offices of Hong Kong SAR. The event was officiated by Mr Albert Chow, Executive Director of HKCAAVQ. Mr David Costello, Consul-General of the Irish Consulate in Hong Kong, Mr Rex Chang, Deputy Secretary for Education of the Education Bureau, and Council Chair and Members of HKCAAVQ jointly witnessed the signing of the MoU. 

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HKCAAVQ formerly the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation (HKCAA), was established in 1990 as an independent statutory body to provide authoritative advice on academic standards of degree programmes in higher education institutions in Hong Kong. 

The HKCAAVQ provides quality assurance and assessment services to education and training institutions, course providers and the public. In addition to its statutory roles, HKCAAVQ also provides advisory and consultancy services in education qualifications and standards to government bureaux and other organisations in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region.

HKCAAVQ has been collaborating with QQI in the field of quality assurance. Having similar missions and institutional objectives in the enhancement of quality assurance of higher education and vocational education and training, both agencies have vowed to foster an even closer relationship by renewing the MoU, to create cooperative and collaborative mechanisms for the mutual benefit of both parties.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF), the Education Bureau and the Qualifications Framework Secretariat jointly organised the HKQF International Conference 2018, with HKCAAVQ as the co-organiser. The two-day Conference officiated by the Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, was also attended by Dr Padraig Walsh, QQI.