TUT hosts UNIDO towards revamp of Industry 4.0 curriculum

by Dr Unene Gregory

2 June 2023

The Tshwane University of Technology’s Institute for the Future of Work (IFoW) and Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI) will host an international technical mission of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and other stakeholders at IFoW’s premises, Ditsela Place in Hatfield from 5 – 9 June 2023.

The objective of the week-long engagement is to collaboratively define a teaching and learning programme utilising simulation systems technologies, namely Augmented Reality, as well as Virtual - and Mixed Reality, to address the skills required for Industry 4.0 and create entrepreneurial opportunities. 

The UNIDO mission will help accelerate the University’s efforts to empower South Africa in engaging with the new technological developments and translating them into relevant cutting-edge curricula. The UNIDO team comprises Dr Ritin Koria, a Project Specialist in Innovation, Technology and Digital Transformation, with broad experience in supporting African industrialisation; and Sam Kerbeck, co-founder and Head of Software at Simulytica, as well as world-renowned software developer with extensive experience in Artificial Intelligence, Machine-Learning, Virtual Reality and simulation systems technologies. 

Kerbeck, who is especially renowned for his work in the interactive games industry, will kickstart the programme, followed by Tomb Raider, in presenting a mini seminar to SMMEs and entrepreneurs within the digital and gaming space.

The round table style discussions will bring together the UNIDO mission and stakeholders from academia, government, industry and the SMME space to form a clearer picture on the current status quo and challenges facing South Africa, as well as collaboratively chart a way forward to address these issues through curricula. 


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