Implementing information technology at the Border Technikon in South Africa

  • Lubbe S
  • Heaney L
  • Swank K
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Abstract

The mission of Border Technikon in South Africa is to provide the best vocational and career education to students of all racial ana cultural backgrounds in the East London area. The staff believes that an important component of this mission includes giving students marketable skills for the information age. Therefore, in 1996, the Technikon undertook an extensive program to implement new information technologies that would help fulfill the institution's mission. Implementing information technology at academic institutions in developing countries must address a special set of problems, some of which are technology gaps, educational deficits, and lack of adequate facilities. This paper describes some of the more unique problems the Technikon encountered, and a few solutions.

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Authors

  • Susan Lubbe

  • Lesley Heaney

  • Kris Swank

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