MCHE Strategic Plan
2009 – 2013
SWOT Analysis Information
MCHE’s first Strategic Plan was developed for the period 2001-2005. Since then,
College operations have been guided by the Council endorsed Strategic Directions:
Operational Priorities 2004-2009. This latter document’s period will soon expire. In the past few years, both the internal and external realities of the College have seen
unprecedented changes. The College is in need of a new strategic plan to steer its
short and medium term direction.
A Sub-Committee (including some Deans and a Council member) has been formed
to oversee and guide the strategic planning process and to prepare a draft strategic
plan for submission to the College Council later in 2008. One essential task of
planning is to undertake a SWOT analysis of the institution.
2. SWOT Analysis: Brief Overview
The acronym S.W.O.T stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
Completing a SWOT analysis will help us identify ways to minimize the effect of our
weaknesses while maximizing our strengths. We can use our strengths to create
opportunities as well as minimise threats.
Strengths focus on the things that we do well as an institution. Weaknesses focus on
the things we do that we need to improve. Thus strengths and weaknesses focus
Opportunities and threats reflect factors external to the Faculty/Centre (Division) or
MCHE as a whole that are often out of our control. Opportunities can create
conditions that offer the potential for us to reinforce and/or expand our strengths.
'Threats' is another broad term that signifies areas of challenge for the institution.
Threats may present barriers to maintaining our strengths and/or create conditions
that exacerbate our weaknesses.
3. Undertaking a SWOT Analysis
An individual’s SWOT analysis reflects one’s candid and holistic perceptions of the Division. It is not a personal analysis of one’s strengths and weaknesses or the personal threats nor is it an analysis of others’ strengths and weaknesses.
A SWOT analysis needs to consider the broader College context. Your analysis
should also be informed by the College’s vision and mission statements. The current vision and mission statements have been slightly revised based on the input from the
College Council members. The newly proposed statements are given below. 1
MCHE will perform and be acknowledged as the outstanding higher education
institution of the nation and one of the finest in the region.
The mission of the Maldives College of Higher Education is to serve people
and society, to maintain, increase and diffuse knowledge and skills useful for
the advancement of the community by educating responsible and committed
citizens and to preserve and assert cultural identity.
Your assistance would be greatly appreciated in this important planning exercise.
Please spare a few minutes to kindly fill the accompanying ‘SWOT Analysis Sheet’
and send back to MCHE, Central Administration. Details are given in the sheet.
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Strategic Planning Sub-Committee
1. Ms. Rasheeda Ali
2. Mr. Abdulla Nafiz
3. Sh. Fayaaz Ali
4. Dr. Ali Fawaz Shareef
5. Mr. Asim Abdul Sattar
6. Dr. Ahmed Ali Maniku