The role of education in the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”

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Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education Director General of Scientific Resources Prof. Dr. Ali Ghufron Mukti, M.Sc., Ph.D. (photo: IO/Brawijaya University)

IO, Malang – Effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are currently being felt by Indonesia and the whole world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is very much needed in the current era, as the internet touches almost all aspects of life. Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education Director General of Scientific Resources Prof. Dr. Ali Ghufron Mukti, M.Sc., Ph.D. stated that it was not impossible for human workers to be replaced by robots, meaning that those looking for work or university graduates must have a skill set in line with the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

There are three anticipated components that must be established: a change of mindset, humanity, and competence. “As university students, you need to develop the 4C: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communicative, and Collaboration,” said Prof. Ali in an Activation seminar with the theme of “Education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, held by the Educational Administration Student Association of Brawijaya University’s (UB) Faculty of Administrative Sciences (FIA) on Monday (22/10/2018) in the FIA UB Aula.

Compared to human resources abroad, Indonesia still lacks much in terms of cooperation between individuals. Everything comes back to human resources. University students, and even the general population, often lose out to machines or robots when they do not have the three anticipated components and the previously-stated 4C.

The Education Agency for Malang, Dr. H. M. Hidayat, MM, M. Pd, stated that they needed adequate, quality, and synergized human resources in this current digital era, meaning that the education system must be revamped in order to respond to the fear of a robot upsurge. “Universities must have an ideology that integrates education with technology,” said Hidayat.

Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education Reasoning and Creativity Sub-Directorate Head Dr. Misbah Fikrianto, M. Si., MM, states that besides the combining of previous curricula, this generation must also have a combination of hard skills and soft skills. “Soft skills for connecting ability in this industrial revolution era. Robot or machines do not have the ability to make decisions to lobbying. Because of that, humans were created with common sense,” he said again.

University students are urged to develop their thinking and innovative abilities. Students cannot just learn in the classroom but also explore the world, among others through the internet. (Brawijaya University Public Relations)