BRICS Network University can foster Fourth Industrial Revolution hopes – South African Minister of Higher Education

South African Minister of Higher Education, Naledi Pandor says she is going to ask the country’s National treasury for more funds in addition to the funds made available to equip with skills for the fourth industrial revolution (4IR). It was recently announced that SA’s technical and vocational training would get US$176 million in funds to ensure that the country does not fall behind in terms of skills for Industry 4.0.

It is important that BRICS countries to improve skills, strengthen academic ties and enhance student mobility in order to ensure forth industry success , Pandor said in an interview with University World News.

“If BRICS universities collaborate successfully on research and in teaching students and staff exchanges we can make a significant contribution to global knowledge,” Pandor added.

A sharing of knowledge, research and innovation between BRICS countries could strengthen integration, says the SA Minister of Higher Education.

“She said that the BRICS Network University was an education project underpinned by the 4IR, which has major implications for business and education,” reported by University World News. The BRICS University Network has 60 higher education institutions, 12 from each member of the bloc – established by ministers to ensure BRICS collaboration at an academic level.

The network engages in educational and research initiatives across themes that include; university collaborations, higher education mobility, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) exchanges and sharing education statistics and learning assessment experiences.


Source: University World News

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