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EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN. THINKING ABOUT WHERE AND HOW TO INTERVENE . CRITICAL QUESTIONS. How we see ourselves influences how we take up opportunities and reduce threats So we need to be clearer about where we are going

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EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN

THINKING ABOUT WHERE AND HOW TO INTERVENE


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CRITICAL QUESTIONS

  • How we see ourselves influences how we take up opportunities and reduce threats

  • So we need to be clearer about where we are going

  • Which level of government do we want to engage with and for what purpose?

  • The capacity to influence the agenda at each level may be different

  • How doe we create the human capacity to support national initiatives e.g. EBE


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OPPORTUNITIES (1)

  • THIRD STREAM INCOME

  • CPD courses (FET educators, educator upgrading, NSC subject areas, 2010)

  • Participation in virtual/public academies (transport, judiciary, accountancy, public sector)

  • Support from provincial government linked to the implementation of the MoU (transport and infrastructure, environment, social cohesion, scarce skills)

  • Improving throughputs (ASGISA, targeted government bursaries)

  • Donor funding (Institute for Performing Arts)

    Note: Unless take debates on cost recovery forward many of the things listed as opportunities may actually be costs


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OPPORTUNITIES (2)

  • GOVERNMENT FUNDING

  • HESA review of student fees

  • Review of teaching input subsidy

  • Review of teaching and research development grants

  • Changes in the funding for clinical training

  • Possible Capital Development Grant (150m)

  • Increasing the spend on R & D to 1% of GDP

  • Making use of increasing funds from DST and Trade and Industry – key to science innovation


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OPPORTUNITIES (3)

3. PG STUDENT RECRUITMENT

  • Exploiting new NRF chairs

  • New national agreements (Brazil, India, China)

  • Areas linked to ASGISA and the provincial Growth and Development Strategy

  • Increasing PG numbers due to growing differentiation in the higher education landscape

  • Location


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OPPORTUNITIES (4)

  • STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

  • Strengthening relationships with the provincial government and the city

  • OECD

  • Australian/other international universities linked to improving processes in priority areas

  • Southern African Regional Universities Association

  • African Leaders Forum

  • Presidential Working Group

  • Asian Studies


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THREATS (1)

  • FINANCIAL

  • Threat to cap fees

  • Affordability of a UCT education

  • Joint Agreement

  • Declining returning student numbers

  • Reduced third stream income especially in CPD area

  • Escalating staffing costs as proportion of budget


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THREATS (2)

  • STUDENT RECRUITMENT

  • Increased competition for black and PG students

  • Reduced number of school leavers eligible to enter HE

  • Sophisticated and targeted recruitment drives from other institutions

  • Higher cohort success rates in other institutions impacting on attractiveness of UCT

  • Use of HEQC audit reports by the public

  • Impact of HIV/AIDS

  • Not keeping track of factors influencing students’ choice of institution


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THREATS (3)

  • STAFF RECRUITMENT

  • Competition for meeting employment equity targets

  • Better packages/scholarships for junior staff from other institutions

  • Cost of housing in CT


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Threats (4)

  • Emigration of graduates

  • Political instability in the Western Cape


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OTHER HIGH LEVEL EXTERNAL TRENDS/ACTIVITIES

Academic planning environment

  • Imminent gazetting of the HEQF

  • Finalisation of the NQF Review (Trade and Occupation Quality Council)

  • Pressure from students to implement the recommendations of the HE Language policy task team

    State Steering

  • Impact of the external audits

  • Investigation into institutional autonomy and academic freedom

  • Impact of the work of the Presidential task Team on HE


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