Benchmarking VET institutions’ engagement with their local region and communities

  • PAVLOVA, Margarita (PI)
  • Tibbitt, John (Collaborator)
  • Yeung, Shirley (Team Member)
  • CHAN, Cheuk-hay (Team Member)

Project: Research project

Project Details


This project is aimed at evaluating and fine-tuning a benchmarking instrument that can help to evaluate the ways VET institutions engage with their local region and communities. Regional engagement refers to these diverse ways in which institutions and their staff and students connect and share their knowledge, skills and experience with a whole variety of interests within the region in which they are located, including public policy and service delivery agencies, the business community, not-for-profit organisations and community groups, in order to enhance not only the learning of their students but also the social, economic and cultural development of the region, the quality of life and opportunities it offers, and the well-being of those living in the area. Benchmarking is now a well established element in processes of continuous improvement in businesses and in public sector organisational performance. The suggested instrument consists of several domains including Developing human capital; Developing regional learning processes and social capital; Cultural development. Significance of the project is related to the assumption that systematically collected data from different organisations or parts of organisations can be used comparatively to understand organisational strengths and weaknesses, and to identify aspects of performance in which change should be a priority. This research will serve as a pilot that can be then promoted to the HK government as one of the instruments to assess quality of TVET.

Funding Source: HK Others - Departmental Research Fund^^
Effective start/end date15/05/1630/06/18


  • benchmarking
  • regional impact of TVET
  • public sector organisational performance
  • quality of TVET


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