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.
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.