Success Project

Figure 6.8: The Digital Capability Laboratory, University of Pretoria The world of work has always experienced change, but the rate of recent change has caused us to rethink how we prepare students for the workplace. Technological disruptions in the form of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation have begun to significantly alter many workplace tasks. Much like how mechanisation affected previous generations of agriculture and manufacturing, we anticipate a more persuasive need to adapt to fourth industrial technologies. This disruption has caused academics to rethink what content should be covered in our degree programmes and how it will withstand these disruptive technologies. This next generation can expect to change jobs and professions multiple times across many new emerging sectors and continuously upskill in order to remain employable. Traditional universities need to incorporate future-forward learning pathways that are more economical and facilitate faster learning for students in order to find a path to meaningful employment. Curriculums must therefore embed future-fit programs to support students and their career development to keep ahead of the curve. While many of these adaptations are currently underway, the speed of deployment requires an organisation shift in both culture and strategy. As the university builds a future-fit platform for our educational programmes, the University of Pretoria’s Digital Capability Lab forms part of it. The lab is a unique environment for hands-on digital capability building, a test bed for piloting and scaling innovative solutions on- and off-site, and a go-to asset to find expert support on operations, digital, and analytics solutions. The lab uses digital collaboration teaching techniques to equip students with technical, management, and people skills. Students are given real industry problems to solve in an enabling environment with access to industry data, hardware and software used by various industries. 6.6. The Digital Capability Laboratory, University of Pretoria 87