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Levent Uysal, Founder of Nişantaşı University, Evaluates 5.0 Model



New Reform in Investment to the Future: Education 5.0

Levent Uysal, Founder of Nişantaşı Educational Foundation, highlighted harmony with technology developing and changing quickly has taken an important place in education, and noted that the students must be prepared for the future through Education 5.0. Uysal also added, “New reform should be Education 5.0 in terms of investment in the future. This system is the key to reach ‘smart community’ philosophy that will manage technological power in a right way”.

Perception of education has also been changing today when everything is changing quickly in accordance with the needs. This new system which aims to  equip students with occupational competence, with skills for learning how to learn, and with thinking and idea-generating skills, rather than providing only a diploma, is called Education 5.0. It is aimed to reach ‘smart community’ philosophy that will manage technological power in a right way thanks to this innovation in education system. On the other hand, it is said it also aims to promote interdisciplinary education, and establish an infrastructure where individuals can join in work life as professionals of diverse fields by expanding the range of education.

Levent Uysal, Founder of Nişantaşı Educational Foundation, explained this new system and noted that technology must be perceived as an auxiliary tool by the communities in this era, not as a threat. Uysal also added, “We may be afraid of artificial intelligence and the point where technology can reach now. This is because we do not know it. However, it is an undeniable fact that we must equip the students with skills to manage the needs and prepare them for the change through Education 5.0.”

Students Involved in Active Learning Process

Uysal explained, “There must be a reform where a student can continuously learn outside his/her own school and class independently in a dynamic way, s/he can learn how to learn, think, generate ideas, make research, and learn what to do with knowledge, a teacher can also act as a student getting involved in the learning process, and as a facilitator and guide. Unfortunately, education cannot prepare the individuals for their lives after school, future and development. Curriculums and learning styles are routinized and dull. Instead of considering the individualistic differences, individuals are standardized.”, emphasizing the necessity for an education system where a student participates in learning process actively.

Uysal defines the foundation of Education 5.0 as the education model of the future based on such dynamics as personalized education, learning flexibility, constant development, critical thinking and problem solving, data interpretation, student-engaged curriculum, project-based learning and unity of technology and education.

A Must: Adaptation to Unmanned Technology

Uysal stated people are afraid of artificial intelligence and the point where technology may reach at, and highlighted the importance of keeping up with the time.

Uysal noted that the most important reason why we are afraid is the fact that we do not know such new technologies, and added “We do not know where this technology can go and do. Artificial intelligence is just a production we have created and is consisted of codes. For that reason, we need to learn and develop it, use it as an auxiliary tool that will help the humanity move forward, rather than being afraid of it.”

Uysal emphasized unmanned technologies are a part of our lives now and constantly developing. He continued:

“Artificial intelligence is a natural and inevitable fact of human development not only in private sector but also in our private lives. In a system where unmanned technologies exist, humans need to be equipped with new knowledge and skills. The future world will be shaped by innovative brains.”

The Youth Responds to Problems of the Future with Education 5.0.

Uysal stated that Education 5.0 will be able to respond to problems and meet the needs of the future and listed the advantages it may provide the young people.

Uysal noted, “Individuals who are open to learn, foresighted and innovative will be raised. Individuals will be provided with an environment where they can keep their sense of curiosity and creativity alive, and they can also develop them. They will be able to gain the support and area they can discover their own learning styles, topic of interest and their own talents. They will have the experience that can enable them to adapt to the change, or even to manage it. Individualistic differences will be taken into consideration and a learning system will be established based on these differences. They will have the opportunity to study at their own paces, express their individualistic needs, expand their personal limits, teach and undertake responsibility in addition to learning. A curriculum based on critical thinking and problem solving, which are the most significant skills of this century, will be designed.”

Release date: 11.07.2019