Quality audits in Hong Kong: Seeking evidence of quality enhancement

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The Hong Kong government has embarked on a comprehensive and ambitious programme of educational reform across schools, a range of post-secondary education options and universities. As part of this process, it has adopted a system of university quality audits under the aegis of the Quality Assurance Council (QAC). This chapter examines the QAC reports on seven universities in Hong Kong, produced between September 2008 and 2011, to see what discernible markers of quality enhancement exist in the Hong Kong university system that might be traced to the QAC audits. The findings are that, while all universities have areas of strength, there are relatively few commendations that focus on clear measures of student learning outcomes; all universities have similar areas where enhancement could occur; and it appears to be too early to see 'ripple' effects from the audit process. This analysis can provide a useful baseline analysis for the second round of QAC audits in a few years' time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExternal Quality Audit
Subtitle of host publicationHas It Improved Quality Assurance in Universities?
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781843346760
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Assessment policy
  • Audit findings
  • Benchmarking
  • Course and teaching evaluation
  • E-learning policy
  • Hong Kong
  • Learning environment
  • Learning outcomes
  • Learning process
  • Quality Assurance Council

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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