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Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

  • Nancy W. Gleason


  • Addresses key changes within higher education in response to the digital age

  • Considers the impact of the 4th industrial revolution and the automation economy on education worldwide

  • Offers key cases of how countries are preparing their populations for significant shifts in labour market demands

Open Access

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Nancy W. Gleason
    Pages 1-11 Open Access
  3. Higher Education Themes in the 4IR Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Pericles Lewis
      Pages 15-38 Open Access
    3. Peidong Yang, Yi’En Cheng
      Pages 39-63 Open Access
    4. Lorcan Dempsey, Constance Malpas
      Pages 65-89 Open Access
  4. How Education Has Begun to Adapt: Case Study Assessment

About this book


This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

This collection examines how higher education responds to the demands of the automation economy and the fourth industrial revolution. Considering significant trends in how people are learning, coupled with the ways in which different higher education institutions and education stakeholders are implementing adaptations, it looks at new programs and technological advances that are changing how and why we teach and learn. The book addresses trends in liberal arts integration of STEM innovations, the changing role of libraries in the digital age, global trends in youth mobility, and the development of lifelong learning programs. This is coupled with case study assessments of the various ways China, Singapore, South Africa and Costa Rica are preparing their populations for significant shifts in labour market demands – shifts that are already underway. Offering examples of new frameworks in which collaboration between government, industry, and higher education institutions can prevent lagging behind in this fast changing environment, this book is a key read for anyone wanting to understand how the world should respond to the radical technological shifts underway on the frontline of higher education.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Nancy W. Gleason
    • 1
  1. 1.Yale-NUS CollegeSingaporeSingapore

About the editors

Nancy W. Gleason is Director of the Centre for Teaching & Learning at Yale-NUS, Singapore, where she overseas faculty development in teaching and student support in learning through the distinctive pedagogy of the liberal arts. She is a Senior Lecturer of Global Affairs in the Social Sciences Division, teaching and researching on pathways of globalisation, higher education, liberal arts education in Asia, and the fourth industrial revolution.

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