Forth Industrial Revolution is a term we’ve been hearing a lot about and on this show, we take a look at how it will affect Higher Education from the lecture room to the graduates we produce. The fourth industrial revolution is upon us and it will have a tremendous impact on every aspect of our lives. Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice-Chancellor, and Principal of the University of Johannesburg joins us to discuss this further.
This requires that we evolve higher education. Modern universities started as elite institutions owned by religious institutions. During the first and the second industrial revolutions, many universities were formed to bring higher education to the masses. We are in an era where higher education is democratizing because all the materials that one can learn from universities are online, in both text and video formats and can be accessed free of charge if one has a computer and internet.
How will the fourth industrial revolution change the university curriculum? Given all these developments, how do we orientate our universities so that they are able to thrive in this era?