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Title The 67th KISTEP Wednesday Forum: Fostering Creative and Integrated Talents in the Era of the 4th Industrial Revolution
Writer Minjae Kim Date 2017-07-14 Hit 284
The 67th KISTEP Wednesday Forum was held on June 28 with the theme of “Fostering Creative and Integrated Talents in the Era of the 4th Industrial Revolution.”

The forum aimed to discuss the outlook for future jobs and creative & integrated talents, crisis and responses of universities, and platform of open education based on life cycle in the 4th industrial revolution era. The forum began with a presentation by Sung-Jin Song (Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)). Yongho Park (Head of Seoul Center for Creative Economy & Innovation), Kyung-Chan Min (Professor, Yonsei University), Jai-Joon Hur (Senior Fellow of Employment Policy Research Division, Korea Labor Institute (KLI)) participated in the following panel discussion.

Professor Sung-Jin Song (SKKU) stated, “Future society in the era of 4th industrial revolution can be characterized by the rapid pace of change and the age of broadband convergence. Talented people with integrative capabilities and advanced IT skills will be needed for ‘New Collar’ jobs.” He continued, “In order to solve complex problems, it is necessary to blur boundaries between industries and nurturing the talents with integrated approach to problem solving. Graduate schools and colleges need to function as lifelong learning platforms for open education to foster creative and integrated talents.”

Yongho Park (Seoul Center for Creative Economy & Innovation) mentioned, “It is important that colleges consider both basic education and humanistic education. The basics of philosophy and humanities is the source of creativity. In this sense, opportunities for learning humanities should be also provided to students majoring in engineering.”

Professor Kyung-Chan Min (Yonsei University) explained the importance of diversity in education. He stated, “The problem is that Korea’s education system does not accept and reflect diversity.” He continued, “Rather than passively follow the flow of the government-driven education system, colleges should set their own goals and focus on a ‘talent-based education’.”

Jai-Joon Hur (KLI) mentioned, “I also agree on the importance of fostering integrated talents. However, basic education can be neglected if we overly focus on change of business paradigm.” He continued, “Our education system should focus on educating students to ask questions rather than to learn given answers.”