Implications of the Fourth Industrial Age for Higher Education

The_Thinker__Issue_73__Third_Quarter_2017

6 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2018 Last revised: 8 Aug 2018

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Bo Xing

Institute for Intelligent Systems (IIS) , University of Johannesburg

Tshilidzi Marwala

University of Johannesburg

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

Higher education in the fourth industrial revolution (HE 4.0) is a complex, dialectical and exciting opportunity which can potentially transform society for the better. The fourth industrial revolution is powered by artificial intelligence and it will transform the workplace from tasks based characteristics to the human centred characteristics. Because of the convergence of man and machine, it will reduce the subject distance between humanities and social science as well as science and technology. This will necessarily require much more interdisciplinary teaching, research and innovation. This paper explores the impact of HE 4.0 on the mission of a university which is teaching, research (including innovation) and service.

Keywords: Higher Education, The Fourth Industrial Revolution, South Africa

Suggested Citation

Xing, Bo and Marwala, Tshilidzi, Implications of the Fourth Industrial Age for Higher Education (2017). The_Thinker__Issue_73__Third_Quarter_2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3225331

Bo Xing (Contact Author)

Institute for Intelligent Systems (IIS) , University of Johannesburg ( email )

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Tshilidzi Marwala

University of Johannesburg

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