The Generation of Irrelevance? A Critical Review of the Impact of Fourth Industrial Revolution on Higher Education

Weiyan XIONG*

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Abstract

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) that features the exponential technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), bioengineering, and Internet of Things (IoT) has brought a great impact on the labor market. With more and more job being taken over by AI, some scholars suggested 4IR will lead to a “generation of irrelevance” because of the increasing power of AI and big data, and more significantly, because the skills and knowledge emphasized by current higher education cannot meet the needs of the labor market in the 4IR era. Through an extensive literature review, this article examines the impact of 4IR on higher education from the angle of needed labor skills in the changing job market. Ultimately, this article answers two questions. What will render the generation of irrelevance? And what skills should higher education emphasize to prepare their students for the 4IR era?

Keywords

  • Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Digital Age
  • Liberal Arts Education

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    XIONG, W. (2019). The Generation of Irrelevance? A Critical Review of the Impact of Fourth Industrial Revolution on Higher Education. Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities (AALAU) Symposium, Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China.