A common worry for many when researching an online degree is whether the qualification is recognised or whether it’s ‘real’.
It’s a fair concern. There are a number of fake degrees out there especially in this part of the world. Understandably, students don't trust the online degree.
Another concern is whether the course is on the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF). There’s a perception that if the course isn’t on the HKQF than it'll hinder an individual’s chances of employment in the future.
This article will help you understand why a UK degree has a good reputation amongst employers worldwide by explaining the role of the UK Quality Assurance Agency and why it’s comparable to the HKQF. You’ll also gain insight into why an online degree is identical to an on-campus degree in terms of recognition.
What is UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)?
All publicly-funded UK Universities including the likes of Oxford, Manchester or Cambridge are reviewed by the QAA, an independent body that monitors and safeguards standards in UK higher education.
All UK degrees from these Universities whether online or not are quality assured against standards set out in the QAA’s Quality Code.
If an online University isn’t officially recognised by the QAA, then your degree may not be recognised by employers.
Getting a degree from a UK University that is reviewed and monitored by the QAA is a must to ensure that your degree is of a high standard.
Thanks to the UK’s robust and long-standing quality assurance infrastructure, employers trust that UK degrees are reputable and globally recognised.
What if the Online Degree is Not on the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF)?
Some people believe that if a course is not on the HKQF employers will somehow not recognise it. The line of thinking might be as follows:
Not on the HKQF, not quality assured, employers won’t recognise them.
This is a misconception.
Yes, qualifications recognised under the HKQF are quality assured in accordance with standards set by the Hong Kong Education Bureau, however, this doesn’t mean that courses outside of Hong Kong don’t go through a similar quality assurance process.
UK degrees recognised under the UK’s Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) are quality assured against standards set out in the UK QAA’s Quality Code.
In fact, some might say that the HKQF is based largely on the UK system, especially considering Hong Kong is a former British colony.
Essentially, each country has its own quality assurance mechanism. The quality, reputation and therefore recognition of the course is dependent upon the reputation of the University and the countries higher education system.
The UK’s higher education system is one of the best and most recognised in the world. It has a colourful and extensive history of quality higher education and its Universities are well-respected worldwide.
Employers recognise this and look favourably upon UK degrees.
If there are issues with recognition, any background check made by the employer with the awarding University will clarify things.
Are Online UK Degrees Less Recognised than Degrees Obtained On-Campus?
No, the certificate that is awarded to you doesn’t mention how the degree was obtained, whether it be on-campus or online.
Online degrees are equal in status and standing to qualifications gained on-campus and are therefore recognised equally.
You just need to make sure that your online degree is officially recognised and acknowledged by highly reputable bodies. Whether its on the HKQF or not is ultimately irrelevant to employers.
*If you still have any doubts about the authenticity of the certificate, you may visit http://www.hedd.ac.uk/ to verify. HEDD is similar to HKQF, the only difference is they are in charge of verifying UK awarded degree.