NCUK successfully obtains HKCAAVQ accreditation in Hong Kong


NCUK and its Study Centre in Hong Kong, Pui Kiu College, have successfully been accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ).

Pui Kiu College has been delivering NCUK qualifications since 2017 and had obtained approval from the Education Bureau to deliver the International Foundation Year qualification on condition that this was accredited by the HKCAAVQ before September 2023.


Pui Kiu College and NCUK have worked collaboratively over the past year to successfully achieve this accreditation. The HKCAAVQ accreditation process is rigorous, examining the legitimacy of NCUK and Pui Kiu College; the NCUK International Year qualification (in terms of entry requirements; structure and content; modes of learning and assessment; learning outcomes; and academic progression routes); and all underpinning quality assurance processes and academic regulations.

It has been an absolute pleasure for Pui Kiu College to receive Accreditation from HKCAAVQ. NCUK is our valued partner in Hong Kong, the recognition represents a fantastic opportunity for students from Hong Kong and beyond to pursue world-class education with a progressive range of options. We really look forward to welcoming ambitious and talented students from all over Hong Kong onto our NCUK qualifications, and ultimately to NCUK University Partners around the world for world class education.

Mr. Wu Yuk Chi, Pui Kiu College Principal


The application was compiled jointly by Pui Kiu College and NCUK. It was scrutinised by a panel of experts engaged by HKCAAVQ and in August 2022, the panel undertook a two-day exercise to meet with stakeholder groups including students, teachers, Pui Kiu College management, NCUK management and wider teams, plus a session with NCUK external subject matter experts and an external member of the Academic Quality Board.

On behalf of the wider team who has delivered this outcome, it has been a pleasure working alongside Piu Kui College in partnership, to obtain this accreditation. Being accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, provides reassurance to parents, students and wider stakeholders interested in quality and standards, that they have chosen the best possible qualification to help them in their academic journey. We look forward to continuing to work closely and build our relationship with Piu Kui College and seeing more students from Hong Kong progressing to the many great NCUK University Partners. I would like to offer my sincere congratulations on this notable achievement.

Professor Paul McDermott, NCUK Interim Academic Director/Chief Academic Officer

The successful outcome means that NCUK’s International Foundation Year – which will be delivered in Hong Kong as the Level 3 Diploma in international Foundation Studies – will be listed on the Hong Kong Qualifications Register. This will be an addition to existing NCUK’s accreditations such as the one awarded by ENIC (formerly NARIC), which found the NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) ENIC comparable to GCE A Level standard, UK; Advanced Placement standard, US; and Senior Secondary School Certificate of Education standard, Australia. You can read more about ENIC’s review here.

At NCUK, we look forward to seeing students at Pui Kiu College progress to leading universities worldwide and we are delighted to be able to offer NCUK qualifications across our global network of 100+ Study Centres in more than 30 countries. To learn more about NCUK click here.