Education in the Industry 4.0: From Germany to Korea

Kim Seoyoung
Korea University - South Korea

The era of the fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, has finally emerged. Accordingly, Industry 4.0 remains as a task for us to prepare for; to appropriately respond to the flood of changes that have been made within the past few years. Undoubtedly the education factor lies among the most important issues regarding this shift in our society. As an illustration, Germany has announced the “Industrie 4.0” strategy which not only deals with the economical aspects of the industrial change but also countermeasures that could provide an insight on what type of values the new educational system should focus on.

As a university student in South Korea, the question “Is Korea right on track?” came into my mind while looking into the policies made by the German government. Yet, there are still many aspects in which Korea must improve to follow the path of the fourth industrial revolution. Therefore, this study explores how the education field is developing with Industry 4.0- by identifying what are the educational principles and strategies valued in the new era and examining how the education trend is changing worldwide particularly focusing on the case of Germany. Furthermore, this study evaluates the current status of the Korean education system and the ways in which it could improve in the near future.

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