The Qualifications Framework
The Qualifications Framework (QF), introduced in 2008, is a system set up by the Government to rationalise and recognise academic and vocational qualifications. The QF consists of seven academic levels covering qualifications that range from certificates to doctorates. The Qualifications Register (QR) is a centralised online database which contains all qualifications that have been quality assured under the QF. The majority of part-time award-bearing programmes offered by the 44 subject groups of the three colleges and the Division of Chinese Medicine of HKU SPACE in this Prospectus are on the QR. The validity period for these uploaded programmes at L4 or below has been extended to 31 December 2015. Programmes uploaded since January 2012 have a new validity period up to 31 December 2016. The validity period for those programmes at L5 and above is on-going. For details of the QR and QF, please visit the respective websites:www.hkqr.gov.hk and www.hkqf.gov.hk
Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance
Courses offered by the School in collaboration with overseas universities and bearing their awards are of high quality and have the same recognition as the equivalent on-campus courses. These courses are exempted from registration under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance (NLHPEOrdinance). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which these courses may lead.