Universities South Africa ( USAF) is set for the first National Higher Education Conference, themed ” Reinventing South Africa’s universities for the future”. A three day conference hosted at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)’s International Convention Centre, north-east of Pretoria.
With the 4IR set to change the scope of every institution within the country and the world, it is also critical to look at how to change and as well as reinvent educational institutions.
To be competent as educational systems, USAF aims to focus on:
- a range of high priority issues such as how universities need to re-shape students for the future world of work how universities are re-positioning graduates as future creators of work
- The impact of new technologies in the labour market and implications for universities.
- The event will take a futuristic view at optimising technology in teaching and learning while also shining a spotlight on the impact of new, integrated technologies on the future of Higher Education.
- Explore the higher education curriculum for the future.
- Different perspectives will be heard on how universities could use transformative engagement to embed themselves in their local contexts while also deliberately re-shaping their institutional cultures.
- Deliberations will interrogate the state of research at South Africa’s universities and also dedicate a session to ethics and integrity in research publishing.
- At least two sessions have been allocated to explore funding as it pertains to the higher education sector, and to students, respectively. There will be a lot more to deliberate on.
Attending the event will be senior leaders of both public universities and private higher education institutions, the Council on Higher Education, the National Research Foundation, university associations, academics, administrators and senior government officials. Minister of Higher Education and Training, Science and Technology, Dr Blade Nzimande, It also includes a representative of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. A visiting professor from the University of Oslo in Norway, the Vice-Chancellor of the Nairobi-based United States International University (Africa).
Ensuring compatibility of higher education qualifications in the 4IR era
In an era where the standard between basic education systems and higher education and training systems are worlds apart. With 30% being good enough to get you a National Senior Certificate, while standards at a tertiary level requires 80%.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution, introduces technological advances which are bound to have an impact on every institution within the country.
At the University South Africa’s recent national higher education conference session titled Imagining the exponential and entrepreneurial university of the 21st century, 4IR was at the center of discussions with Prof Bavesh Kana asking “We have all this technological advancement but we still have a lot of human suffering.”
“Is the technology where it needs to be?” he asked.
Taking that the unemployment rate is at its highest reaching an all time high of 58.20 percent in the third quarter of 2019. With a lot of graduates still unemployed.
With the 4IR and looking at our current education system one can not help but ask, How can graduates use their acquired qualifications to ensure that they compatible with the technological revolution?
With those already in school and those about to enter tertiary, what is done to ensure that the cycle of unemployment is broken, is the curriculum altered to accommodate the 4IR and are higher education institutions offering courses which are still of value enough to ensure security for graduates and lastly how are we preparing our institutions’ curriculum to be able to compete at a global scale.
SA to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun
The African continent can gear up to witness one of the greatest events in science. For the first time since 9 May 2016, Africans will be able to watch Mercury transit the Sun on Monday, 11 November at 14:35 Central Africa Time (CAT).
Get your telescopes ready to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun on this afternoon.
The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) will host a viewing event which will short talk on this astronomical phenomenon.” The transit will be observable from anywhere in Africa by projecting the image of the Sun through a small telescope”
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