Varsities' websites leave much to be desired

  • Letters
  • Tuesday, 04 Feb 2003

As a prospective MBA student, I have been scouting around for the best local institution to pursue my studies.  

If in the past prospective students searched for hard copy prospectuses, now the Internet is the primary source of information.  

I laud the local institutions’ efforts in showcasing their courses via the Net. Unfortunately, their websites leave much to be desired.  

Some universities, including those which have been ranked among the top ones in the region, have very unprofessional-looking websites – as if the sites were the assignments of first-year IT undergraduates.  

Content-wise, most sites give adequate information but I believe there is room for improvement.  

The webmasters should strive to keep their information content up to date. I recently saw the invitation to an international conference, organised almost six months ago, in the “Latest News” section on one of the universities’ website. 

The website of a local university was beset with frequent server problems. This was more prevalent at the start of the semester when students scrambled to access the university’s website.  

As a student, how am I supposed to access the university’s e-resources if the servers are out of service half the time?  

Another institution has an attractive and informative website but my requests for information were never answered.  

It is sad that an academic director of a famous foreign university took pains to personally answer my questions via email while this institution which takes pride as a premier management education provider has an unprofessional approach towards marketing its programme to prospective students.  

Hopefully, the local institutions will take heed of this. As the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to give a good first impression”.  


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