We’re living through a time of amazing technological change. So amazing, in fact, that it’s been called a revolution – the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or 4IR, to be exact. It’s a revolution that is already changing everything from the way we work, the way we create and consume entertainment, to our concepts of privacy, medical practice, functional technologies for the disabled, grocery buying and perhaps, most importantly, the ways we teach and learn.


4IR is taking us into a new future, unimagined until just a few short years ago. And if you want to have a say in what that future is going to look like, and to ensure that your voice and your views are based in confidence and knowledge, then the place to start is with the imagination. That’s why, at UJ, as a 4IR thought-leader in Africa, we say that an education with us is the best way to get all the confidence and knowledge you need. And that’s because at UJ we haven’t just looked at the future, we think about it again and again, because we believe that the future belongs to those who reimagine it.  

Imagine that.

T: The Fourth Industrial Revolution, which includes amazing technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Data and information. Remote surgery, smart homes, 3-D printing, nano-materials, energy management and supply, drone capacities – all of this and much more, is the 4IR stuff of which our future is being crafted. So, why not ask yourself:

  • Where are your long-term interests?
  • Why will your chosen career be relevant?
  • What kind of environment will you be working in?
  • How will you help shape the world in you’d like to live and work in?

H: Heralds a New World, because 4IR tools and technologies are changing the way we do everything. Whole industries and services are morphing into new ones, some are being discarded, and completely new jobs and careers are being developed. These include manufacturing, education, health care, mobility, 3D printing, financial services, and media and entertainment. So, why not ask yourself:

  • Where will the new jobs be?
  • Why might current ones no longer be relevant?
  • What kind of industries will disappear?
  • How will you choose to embrace the changing world?

A: Advance Your Ability, because if you choose to study at UJ, you’ll be in the learning environment of a 4IR leader in Africa. With our courses and hi-tech teaching tools you can discover 4IR thinking, the creative use of new ideas, 4IR critical and analytical processes, AI adaptation and adoption, 4IR planning collaboration, teamwork and inter-disciplinary approaches. So, why not ask yourself:

  • Where will 4IR advances give you the best tools for your studies?
  • Why will tech tools be so important in your future?
  • What will you need to learn to prepare you for your future?
  • How can you make the most of 4IR for your career opportunities?

T: To Make it the Way you Want It. First, though, you need to understand what it’s all about – the advantages and the potential pitfalls. And with that understanding, at UJ you’ll be able to apply your 4IR knowledge, widen you your opportunities, express your ethics, make a real contribution to society, and help shape the future you want. So, why not ask yourself:

Where will you best get the skills and thinking you need
Why is the balanced application of your knowledge so important?
What will you do to help shape the future?
How will you contribute to society with the knowledge you gain?

So, if you ask yourself the 4IR questions, you might just come with the 4IR answer.

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