JQRC is an independent corporate quality assurance body established in August 2005 by the Heads of Universities Committee (HUCOM) of Hong Kong constituted by the eight institutions under the aegis of the University Grants Committee (UGC). Its major function is to provide for the peer review of the quality assurance processes of the self-financed sub-degree programmes of these institutions. The eight member 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, and The University of Hong Kong.
The establishment of JQRC is a quality assurance initiative by the HUCOM member institutions, which are self-accrediting, to provide for enhanced quality and greater public accountability in respect of their self-financed sub-degree programmes, which are offered through continuing education units and community colleges, or other departments of the institutions. The eight institutions under HUCOM are the major publicly funded degree-granting institutions in Hong Kong and they are also the major providers of sub-degree programmes in Hong Kong at present.
JQRC upholds the principle of quality in education, and the principle of institutional and academic autonomy. It advocates the achievement of public accountability through self-regulation.
The formation of JQRC was undertaken by an Interim Board of Management which started work in 2004. JQRC was formally incorporated in August 2005. The first Board of Directors was formed soon after JQRC was incorporated, comprising one representative from each of the eight institutions. At its first meeting on 8 November 2005, the Board elected Professor Philip K.W. YEUNG of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as its first Chairman, and Ir Dr. K.S. SO of The Hong Kong Institute of Education as the Deputy Chairman. Professor T.S. CHAN, BBS, representing Lingnan University on the JQRC Board since August 2005, succeeded Professor Philip K.W. YEUNG as the second Chairman of the Board of Directors of JQRC from 1 June 2006 to end of May 2010.
On 1 June 2010, JQRC announced the appointment of Professor Frank H.K. FU, MH, JP, Associate Vice President, Chair Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Director of Dr. Stephen Hui Research Centre for Physical Recreation and Wellness at Hong Kong Baptist University, as the new Chairman of its Board of Directors.
In June 2012, Professor FU has been re-elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors; and Dr David MOLE, Associate Provost (Teaching and Learning) of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, has been elected as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors.
In June 2014, Professor Chetwyn CHAN of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has been elected as the fourth Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Professor May CHENG of The Hong Kong Institute of Education has been elected as the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors.
JQRC is a member of the Liaison Committee on Quality Assurance formed by the Education Bureau, comprising representatives from the Education Bureau, Quality Assurance Council under University Grants Committee, JQRC, and the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ). JQRC is also a member of the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), a member of the Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN) and a member of CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG).
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