4th Industrial Revolution Panel Features 4 ITU Grads
May 04, 2017


In the 4th Industrial Revolution Panel in Turkey organized by the Global Shapers Community, initiated by The World Economic Forum (WEF), considerations on Industry 4.0 were discussed in a broader context.

Many participants from industry, education, business and leading non-governmental organizations in our country took part at the event held at the Zorlu Center for the Performing Arts on May 2nd, with the title of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Turkey. In the panel that took place in three sessions, opportunities created by Industry 4.0 and the potential problems they brought with them were evaluated by experts.

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The panel titled " "The View of Turkey in the Process of Adopting the 4th Industrial Revolution"", which was moderated by CNN Turk TV Editor Ahu Özyurt, featured our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca, and our graduates Arçelik Executive Vice President, Oğuzhan Öztürk, Siemens Turkey Deputy General Manager and Board Member Ali Rıza Ersoy and Microsoft Turkey General Manager Murat Kansu. The other guest of the session was Kale Investment CEO Ümit Kumcuoğlu. The panel discussed new products, new technologies, and new working methods which will dominate the process of change; for our country which aims to be one of the most competitive economies, there was a focus on the importance of following these developments at the global level and being one of the leading economies to implement Industry 4.0.

Our Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca: “Universities have to be part of transformation.”

Speaking at the panel, our Rector, Prof.Dr. Mehmet Karaca remarked that, as an institution in the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution, one the one hand, our university continues its research in the field of fundamental sciences and on the other hand carries out projects worldwide as an R & D and innovation base. Pointing out that we have been successful on a global scale through İTÜ ARI Teknokent with a university mission that works together with all the components and stakeholders in line with the objectives of Industry 4.0 targets, our Rector shared the following words: “Universities are places that cultivate qualified people and lead people to think. In this regard we, as İTÜ, attach special importance to graduate education and we enrich our qualification of educational through programs with different and new content. Two years ago we launched postgraduate programs on cyber security, big data and data analysis. We introduced our students and faculty members to technoparks. Our students are now establishing companies here and achieving significant achievements. For example, a physics student has established a software company and sold it for 100 thousand dollars. As all of this was happening, our faculty members also changed their profiles and their perspectives expanded. The most important element in this change was technoparks. Four years ago, when there were 10 teaching faculty members with their own company, now it has passed 80; this number is now one of the clearest indicators of change and progress that we have experienced today. For this reason, universities must also be part of this transformation.”

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The event wrapped up following the panels "Paradigm Shift in Education and University-Industry Cooperation" and "The Importance of Technological Transformation Prepared on the Basis of Individual and Community"

What is the 4th Industrial Revolution?

When the first Industrial Revolution took place in the 18th century, the driving forces of this change were based on water and steam powered machines and transportation-based production. With the introduction of electricity in the 19th century, the most important end result of the second industrial revolution was the transition to mass production. The 3rd Industrial Revolution, of which we are in the final stages of, was characterized by electronic systems and integrated use of information technology.

The 4th Industrial Revolution confronts us as a major change that will transform the economy and society, depending on developments in artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomic devices, 3D printers, nanotechnology and other areas of science. It is also expected that the concept of Industry 4.0, which will change our understanding of work on a global scale, will introduce some new professions of humanity as well as lift some professions and improve some business areas.

Global Shapers Community

The Global Shapers Community is made up of young people with leadership potential, aged 20 to 30, who have the desire to contribute to the communities they live in. Active in more than 400 cities around the world, the Global Shapers, also referred to as the "community of the future," stands out as an organization represented by young people who live in their own territories, have diverse backgrounds, actively participate in society, and integrate with the digital world.