The 4th Industrial Revolution has brought about some unprecedented changes in various disciplines in South Africa and across the world, and questions largely remain unanswered as to how far reaching the impact will be. An annual gathering of academic and business minds looks to unpack the effect of the 4th Industrial Revolution and technological advancements on the education system.

The Future of Education Summit is gearing up to welcome academics and business leaders in the education space to discuss current and future opportunities in education on the 4th of December 2019 in Johannesburg.

The 4th Industrial Revolution has already been heavily felt in various industries such as the media industry and the job market and changes are also taking shape in the education industry. Although traditional methods of teaching and learning are still viable, it is with no doubt that technological advancements are revolutionizing these methods.  

“The changes facing the global economy are unprecedented and the pace of change is rapid. Technological developments and environmental pressures are changing our economies, our planet and society. All these things bring uncertainty and opportunity and leading universities around the world have a duty to bring optimism by responding positively to change. Through working in global partnerships, African stakeholders are positioning themselves to seize the opportunities ushered in by this Fourth Industrial Revolution; inevitably, universities have a vital role to play in this process,” says Professor Kirk Semple of Lancaster University

With fears that Artificial Intelligence and robotics might replace traditional jobs sooner than expected, there is a great demand to both reskill workers, whose occupations are in the firing line of such technological advances, whilst those emerging from higher and tertiary education seek to be adequately equipped for a working world unlike anything we have seen before.

These changes will require transformation in the way learners consume education to benefit the workplace, society and the economy as this industrial shift encourages the education system to provide the next generation of minds with skills to fill not only current but future workforce positions, some of which are not even in existence yet.

“Education is passing through a very crucial phase. If we, as an industry, do not foresee the challenges and opportunities, then we are not helping the future generations. Our priority is to produce leaders and thinkers and I look forward to meet world education leaders at the Future of Education Summit in Johannesburg. It is time to discuss current and future opportunities in education,” says Omar Farooqui, Founder & President Coded Minds Global.

The gathering, presented by FORBES AFRICA, and supported by Lancaster University in partnership with Coded Minds, will see some of academia and the business world’s leading education minds discuss the fusion of new education models with the integrity and credibility that is associated with higher and tertiary institutions, to develop the minds of the future.

“As the continent deep-dives into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a skilled workforce has become more than mandatory for any talk on innovation and progress. This calls for a major restructuring of higher education systems in Africa’s emerging economies. The Future of Education Summit will look at thepriorities, challenges and solutions to unleashing Africa’s full human capital,” says Renuka Methil, Managing Editor of FORBES AFRICA.

The day promises to be a keyhole to the future of not only education but work as a whole, and is a must for anyone in both the academic and recruitment field.

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The Future of Education Summit is produced and managed by ABN Event Productions.