How can education prepare for the fourth industrial revolution?

‘The fourth industrial revolution has been defined as technological developments that blur the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres.

Yeon-Cheon Oh, University of Ulsan president, argued that, given the huge changes that will be brought by developments in artificial intelligence and automation, there was a need to provide software education to all students.

“The urgent task…will be reform of curricula,” he said…

However, Umran Inan, president of Turkey’s Koç University, rejected the call for wholesale curriculum reform.

“If we end up devising our curricula so [they're] now much more software based, then we will be doing a service to industry but not to higher learning and to the future of mankind, in my opinion,” he said.

Professor Inan warned that “when the next jobs are not predictable, even five years from now, the thing to do is not to accommodate but to step back and generalise”.’ – Times Higher Education

‘The Local Government Association has forecast that by 2022 there will be 9.2 million low skilled people chasing 3.7 million low skilled jobs while we suffer a shortage of 3 million high-skilled workers.

Set against this backdrop the additional funds announced for technical education are welcome, as is the promise to streamline vocational qualifications so young people can make more informed choices. But these changes don’t go anywhere near far enough…

To future-proof Britain, its economy and its people, we must match the deep-rooted public expectation to access quality healthcare with a new entitlement for every citizen in the country to access not just an education but an excellent education, whoever they are, whatever their circumstances, and wherever they live.’ - Independent


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