By | August 2, 2019

The University of Namibia Education 4.0 Conference 2019

The University of Namibia is a responsive higher education institution that constantly monitors global trends to inform its programmes. One such trend on the global arena is the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Alongside Industry 4.0 is an emerging movement in the higher education sector, the higher education 4.0. Like Industry 4.0, Higher Education 4.0 is an emerging force that is likely to bring unprecedented changes on the higher education landscape. It calls for a radical reconstruction of the higher education provider that is not only different from traditional ways of learning and teaching but also geared towards work environments that are driven by ICTs.

Conference Theme

“Innovating higher education in response to the 4th Industrial Revolution”

Conference Objectives

The broad objective of the Conference is to provide a platform for academics, educators, the public and industry to explore the implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution for higher education provision in general, and UNAM in particular. The specific objectives are to:

  • Analyse how, and in what manner, the 4th Industrial Revolution has changed the world of work globally and in Namibia;
  • Analyse how higher education globally, and in Namibia, should respond to the changes in the world of work resulting from the 4thIndustrial Revolution;
  • Draw implications for higher education curriculum (learning and teaching), and institutional readiness in general;
  • Analyse and draw implications for implementing Education 4.0


  • Leadership and governance as enablers of institutional responsiveness to the 4th Industrial Revolution;
  • Innovative pedagogies leveraging for successful learning and teaching in the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution and Education 4.0;
  • Curriculum responsiveness to the 4th Industrial Revolution;
  • University and student readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Education 4.0 in higher education contexts, its implications for learning and teaching.

Expected outcomes

By the end of the Conference, participants would have:

  • Gained a deep understanding of the 4th Industrial revolution and its impact on the world of work;
  • Deepened their understanding of the implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution for higher education, globally and in Namibia;
  • Shared strategies on how higher education can respond to the demands of the 4th Industrial Revolution;
  • Drawn implications for curriculum responsiveness to the 4th Industrial Revolution;
  • Gained an understanding of the implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution in terms of university and student readiness;
  • Gained insight into the Education 4.0 revolution, including innovative pedagogies.

The Conference Programme

The Conference will run for one day and a half, and will comprise:

  • Official Opening Ceremony;
  • Keynote address by selected experts;
  • Plenary discussions;
  • Research papers and poster sessions in line with sub-themes;
  • Industry exhibitions of work models
  • Networking dinner
  • Excursion

Call For Papers

Individuals who wish to share a presentation/poster at the Conference are invited to submit by email, an extended abstract of not more than half a page inclusive of any tables, figures and key references by 13 September 2019.

Abstracts should be forwarded via email to the conference email address.

Authors will be informed by end of September on the outcome of their submissions. Selected papers will further be subjected to blind peer review and will appear in a book of conference proceedings.

Target Participants

  • Ministers in charge of Education, ICT and Labour
  • Industry heads/employers or employer’s associations
  • Senior Government Officials in Education, ICT and Labour
  • Vice-Chancellors, Rectors and Pro-Vice Chancellors, Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellors, Deans and Directors of Academic Centres, Associate Deans and senior officials of higher education institutions;
  • Academics and researchers;
  • Heads and senior officials of higher education regulatory agencies (e.g. quality assurance and accreditation bodies);
  • Professional bodies and associations;
  • Civil societies
  • Labour Unions;
  • Development partners
  • Students and student organisation groups

Conference Fees

Download the Multidisciplinary Research Centre (MRC) 2019 conference program