Higher Education, Global Compatibility, and the 4th Industrial Revolution


The key concepts underlying the 4th Industrial Revolutions include Convergence and Hyper-Connectedness. One of the educational issues is how these concepts can be embodied in the higher education for the era of technological revolution. 

In this talk, we present a case, with Y’sU (pronounced “Wise U”), a new brand name of Youngsan University, Korea, where the undergraduate programs are designed to incorporate the core features of the 4th Industrial Revolution, and share the knowledge in terms of the academic structure and contents: Y’sU requires all students to learn software, and selects four technological areas as academic bases in line with the new technological revolution (i.e., virtual reality, artificial intelligence, big data, IoT). These four base skills combine selectively with 36 academic units in human/social sciences, culture/art, and hotel/tourism management in order to produce another group of converged academic units. The key concepts embedded in the 4th Industrial Revolution can be derived from this flexible approach. 

Implications: The changes of the educational paradigm, together with technological development, are likely to enhance global compatibility in higher education, reducing local peculiarity, and the global networks will be more effectively utilized both on- and off-line education. Specific data will be presented in the conference.