Part 2 23 GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE COMMITTEE STRUCTURE FOR ACADEMIC MANAGEMENT Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong 2.31 The Academic Board (AB) of THEi is the highest academic body which regulates the academic affairs of the Institute, subject to the financial control of the Institute Council. To ensure that THEi programmes are developed in the same direction as those of VTC, the AB will forward its recommendations on new programmes to the VETAB for endorsement. Its terms of reference and composition are given in Appendix 23. The QualityAssurance Committee under the AB is responsible for the quality assurance of the Institute’s programmes and non-local programmes collaborated with other education institutes/bodies. It is, at the same time, also advised by the VTC’s Quality Enhancement Steering Committee in the formulation and implementation of its quality assurance system. Each Faculty Board under the AB is responsible for the teaching and general organisation of its programmes and the implementation of the academic policies and regulations of the Institute. Its terms of reference and composition are given in Appendix 24. In addition, the General Education Steering Committee is responsible to the AB for assuring the quality of General Education curriculum. Its terms of reference and composition are given in Appendix 25. VTC’s Member Institutions (Other than THEi) 2.32 The VETAB, chaired by the Executive Director of VTC, is the highest academic body of VTC. It is responsible for setting standards, approving and overseeing all aspects of academic activities within VTC. It is supported by two central policy committees, namely the Vocational Education and Training Policy and Quality Committee (VETPQC), and the Learning and Teaching Steering Committee (LTSC). The terms of reference and composition of the VETAB, the VETPQC and the LTSC are in Appendices 26 to 28. The academic management committees under the VETAB are shown in Table 1. 2.33 At the discipline level, a Discipline Academic Committee (DAC), chaired by the Academic Director, steers the development of the discipline and reports to the VETAB. Its terms of reference and composition are in Appendix 29. Each DAC is supported by a Discipline Quality Assurance Committee on the quality assurance of the programmes offered by the discipline. Its terms of reference and composition are in Appendix 30.