Relevant in the era of industry 4.0

Relevant in the era of industry 4.0 by Elka Walsh, Brad Donaldson, Version 2017, EURASHE_AC_LeHavre_170330-31_pres_WALSH-DONALDSON.pdf (1.9 MB) -

To remain competitive in the 4th Industrial Revolution, industry must adapt quickly. To remain relevant to students, society and employers in this changing environment, higher education institutions must also transform. The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) just celebrated its 100th anniversary, and with input from strategic business partners, is actively adjusting its long standing planning processes to ensure close alignment to the rapidly changing economy. With over 10,000 industry partners, and 49,000 students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focused programs and courses, SAIT has a new strategic plan and academic plan, and is focusing on diversifying its program mix, deepening and broadening industry partnerships, innovating in applied education, and growing applied research. The path has not been easy as the characteristics of the 4th Industrial Revolution are still morphing. To ensure ongoing communication, SAIT adjusted its entire planning processes. The Board of Governors annual retreat now considers trends associated with the 4th Industrial Revolution and how to position the institution; the President hosts a bi-annual roundtable with industry to understand their changing workforce needs; the new Academic Plan ensures all academic areas are considering innovative multi-disciplinary programming opportunities, skills and delivery modes. This workshop introduces participants to SAIT’s new planning approach, including lessons learned. Participants will engage in work groups to critique aspects of SAIT’s approach and share their own institution’s efforts to adapt. Participants will receive a summary of the discussion after the conference.