Mobile Technology on Education

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This assignment seeks to provide a swot analysis on the University of the Westren Cape. By completing the swot analysis we plan to firstly, document the relevant swot quadrants (strengths, weakness, opportunity and threats) with regard to this tertiary institution and provide further justification of the points by conducting interviews with several students and a staff member to gain further insight. Secondly I plan to provide suggestions of how information technology/systems can maintain currents strengths, capitalize on opportunities, mitigate threats and manage weaknesses by providing examples of how this has been achieved in other institutions. Lastly this paper seeks to answer the question of which institution (private or public) provides the best education.

Question 1:
This part of the assignment shall focus on the swot analysis of the University of Western Cape and document the relevant swot quadrants (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats). 1.1 STRENGTHS

* Excellent reputation in Law and Pharmacy
* Law faculty has reputation for producing quality, highly marketable graduates * Tuition fees are very competitive, in relation to the programs offered * High level of absorption of students living in surrounding urban areas * Diverse student body

* Close proximity to public transport routes
* Location
* Highly qualified body of lecturers
* 200+ degree, diploma certificate programs available
* 82% of UWC graduates have successful careers
* 50% of UWC academic staff hold doctorates
* Student political institutions
1.2 WEAKNESSES
* Lack of student life (pride within the University and extracurricular activities) * Image of University to top prospective students
* Registration process
* Administration (staff, procedures and training)
* Funding (availability of internal and external bursaries) * Lack of student accommodation on campus
* Lack of computer labs
* Network – often sluggish and slow during peak times 12:30 – 14:00 * Academic correspondence
* Inclusion of mobile technology within institution
* Alumni participation
* Lecture attendance by students
* Lack of funding, resulted in decreased budgets for faculties/ staff * Departmental Organisation

1.3 OPPORTUNITIES
* Societal Trends
* Growing demand for graduates with specialized skills
* Increased popularity of career based professions
* Higher salaries earned by University graduates
* High prices (tuition fees) of private surrounding institutions * Increased importance of status within society
* Technological advances
* Social media
* Distance learning
* E-books
* Lecture live streaming
* Globalization and knowledge transfer
* Increased matric pass rate
* Rise in unemployment due to lack of skills
* Increased costs of living
* Partnerships with other tertiary institutions – exchange possibilities

1.4 THREATS
* Image of UWC to prospective students (academic achievers) * Militant behavior of student political institutions
* Higher salaries offered to faculty staff by private institutions * Risk of losing staff to other institutions
* Growing popularity of private institutions (eg. Damelin and CTI) * Growing dependence on Technology
* Financial climate – budget cuts, putting pressure on university resources * Resource advantage is held by institutions that UWC wishes to surpass * Hacking

Question 2
This section of the assignment focuses on providing suggestions of how information technology/systems can maintain current strengths, capitalize on opportunities, mitigate threats and manage weaknesses by providing examples of how this has been achieved in other institutions (where applicable).

2.1 Maintaining current strengths:
* Close proximity to public transport routes
* The key mode of transport for the majority of UWC students is the train....
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