Countries must update their education policies to keep pace with the transformation driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Minister tells the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit
YEKATERINBURG, Russia, 10 July 2019 – A country cannot flourish if it does not have the right human capital, and education is the main pillar by which a society can move forward, H.E. Eng. Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, United Arab Emirates, told the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS).
The Minister said the pace of transformation driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution is so fast that future skilling is a must, and countries should update their educational policies and allocate resources for this. He added that it is essential for countries to be open-minded and not scared by the pace of change, but they must adapt and move forward at a faster pace.
The Minister explained that the United Arab Emirates began to transform its educational practices in 2014 to better meet the country’s future needs, beginning with adopting the K-12 system and adding new subjects to the curriculum such as design and technology, and problem solving. He said modern society demands life-long learning and higher education systems must be adaptable to this, allowing people to reskill quickly.
Al Hammadi said that every person living in the United Arab Emirates was an asset for the future and the country’s diverse education system was designed to help all students to reach their maximum potential in whichever field their talent lies. Low skilled jobs will gradually disappear as technology removes routine and repetitive tasks and this makes education even more essential, he said.
Al Hammadi said the curriculum of today needs to be alive and reviewed annually to ensure it is aligned with the needs of industry and the economy. The classical education system that was appropriate 10-15 years ago will not equip a country for the coming 10-15 years.
In addition to this discussion, thought leaders from across government, industry, and academia have gathered in Yekaterinburg to engage in debates across more than 40 sessions focusing on critical topics related to the manufacturing sector, including sustainability in manufacturing, circular economy, food security, future-cities, cybersecurity, the evolution of 3D printing, and their role in achieving the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
A joint initiative of the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, GMIS is the world’s first cross-industry and cross-functional platform that unites manufacturers, governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), technologists, and investors to build a roadmap towards investing in capabilities, fostering innovation and developing the skills needed to position the manufacturing sector at the forefront of global economic growth and a key driver to advance the 17 SDGs.
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The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) was established in 2015 to build bridges between manufacturers, governments and NGOs, technologists, and investors in harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s (4IR) transformation of manufacturing, to enable the regeneration of the global economy. A joint initiative by the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), GMIS is a platform that presents the manufacturing sector with an opportunity to contribute towards global good, and that is committed to bringing benefit to all. As the world’s first cross-industry initiative, GMIS offers a platform for leaders to engage on the issue of the future of manufacturing, highlighting the need for greater investment in capabilities to foster innovation and drive skills development on a global scale. Uniting key stakeholders – including world leaders, industry CEOs, and specialist researchers and academics – GMIS has placed manufacturing at the heart of economic transformation and government policy-making, promoting it as a tool for global cooperation and collaboration.
The first edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, at the Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in March 2017. It brought together over 3,000 leaders from government, business, and civil society from over 40 countries to advance manufacturing and industrial development globally, and to identify key trends and opportunities across 6 themes.