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Thursday 3 May 2018, 09.30 - 10.45

This session has been curated by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education, Going Global co-hosts.

Industry 4.0 represents the fourth industrial revolution in manufacturing and industry. We are currently experiencing industrial transformation on an unprecedented scale with automation, data exchanges, cloud computing, cyber-physical systems, robots, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and (semi-)autonomous industrial techniques to realise smart industry and manufacturing goals in the intersection of people, new technologies and innovation.

When compared with previous industrial revolutions, the fourth is evolving at an exponential rather than a linear pace. Moreover, it is disrupting almost every industry in every country. And the breadth and depth of these changes herald the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and human resources.

Higher education must be ready to respond to this change. With every industrial revolution there has been a requirement for a skill change and higher education must prepare graduates to handle new technologies and embrace the Fourth.

In this session we will hear from the ASEAN Secretariat and Ministers of higher education from across the ASEAN region on the challenges and opportunities for redesigning systems to meet the requirements of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4.0 IR). As redesigning efforts will primarily rely on the vision and objectives of each ASEAN country, the resulting ‘4.0 IR–ready’ higher education systems could generate useful and innovative approaches from which to learn, both within and beyond ASEAN. 


  • Hon. Dr Professor Shearer West, Vice-Chancellor and President, Univeristy of Nottingham, UK (Moderator)
  • Hon. Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat, Indonesia 
  • His Excellency Dr Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, Minister of Education, Ministry of Education, Thailand
  • Hon. Dato' Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Malaysia