On 12 October 2021 Prof Saurabh Sinha, the UJ Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Internationalisation presented the SAAE Academy Lecture online from the UJ Library. He stated that the Future of Work is upon us and has rapidly and profoundly influenced many professions and industries. Alongside this, Prof Sinha argued, it is essential for the landscape of post-school education and training (PSET) both in South Africa and globally to adapt to the changing nature of work, and ideally lead this change. He presented learning as a nexus between teaching, research and innovation — as a service in the context of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), given the innovative technologies that are increasingly penetrating the mainstream. He discussed the transition toward an augmented approach, University 4.0, and the associated challenges, both technological and societal that accompanies the shift.
Prof Saurabh Sinha, PhD(Eng), Pr Eng, FIEEE, FSAIEE, FSAAE, MASSAf, obtained his B. Eng (with distinction), M. Eng (with distinction), and Ph.D. degrees in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pretoria (UP). As an established researcher, rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF), he has authored or co-authored over 130 publications in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences. Prof Sinha served UP for over a decade; his last service being as Director of the Carl and Emily Fuchs Institute for Microelectronics, Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering. On 1 October 2013, Prof Sinha was appointed as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). As of 1 Dec. 2017, Prof Sinha is the UJ Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Internationalisation. Among other leading roles, Prof Saurabh Sinha also served the IEEE as a Board of Director and IEEE Vice-President: Educational Activities.