The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us

The University’s Official Opening Ceremony was held last week on campus and hundreds of students and staff attended the event. In line with the Institution’s theme for the 2019 Academic Year, “Catalysing Youth Empowerment for the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” the speakers focused on the urgent need for young people to embrace technological advancements.

The developments in technology have affected the demand for particular occupations and skills, such as problem-solving, networking, entrepreneurship, interpersonal skills, confidence and ethical behaviour, negotiation and managing complex processes. Now more than ever, industry demands graduates who are ready to perform and who require less on-the-job training.

Keynote addresses
Jerry Beukes, CEO of the Namibia Training Authority, placed emphasis on the notion that change is the only constant.“Technology and technological advances are changing our lives in ways we cannot anticipate. Everything is becoming more computerised, making the ability to think computationally a key skill and competency. It will be impossible to call yourself educated in years to come, unless you understand, and can influence the changes technology brings. And, I also think it will be impossible to consider any education system fit for the modern world, if it does not keep track with these changing demands,” he said.

Dr Tjama Tjivikua, NUST Founding Vice-Chancellor, challenged the students to familiarise themselves with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, what it means and how to respond to it. “In about 20 years from now, most of you will be in management positions, and to execute your tasks effectively, you need knowledge. You are the leaders of tomorrow,” he said to the students.

Students’ Representative Council
The ceremony also provided an opportunity for the new Students’ Representative Council (SRC) President, Juno Angula, to officially introduce himself and his fellow SRC members to the staff and students. The SRC is an elected student organisation that has representation on decision making bodies such as Council and Senate.
Angula is a Bachelor of Communication (Honours) student, who has set goals on improving campus life.

Entertainment
The event was concluded with a performance by well-known local rapper, KP Illest, who brought the crowd to its feet with his hit song ‘Okay Okay’. The performance was streamed on Facebook via NUST FM, the University’s online radio station.

Date: 
Friday, February 15, 2019
for Month: 
February, 2019

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