Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Kobus Maree
University of Pretoria’s

Keynote Title: Is purposeful work about to disappear forever? Connecting conscious knowledge with subconscious insight in self- and career construction to rekindle as sense of meaning and hope in the workplace

Abstract: Dealingsuccessfully with transitions in occupational environments driven by the 4th Industrial Revolution is as challenging as it is key to ‘surviving’ and flourishing in the 21st century. Unsurprisingly, workers exhibit feelings of insecurity and struggle to make meaning and experience a sense of purpose and hope in their (career-)lives. Consequently, a need exists for career counselling theory, research, practice, and policy to be innovated and updated regularly. Practicable career counselling intervention strategies need to be devised consistently in search of helping people kindle and rekindle a sense of making meaning, experience a sense of purpose and hope in rapidly changing work contexts, and move forward.

Brief bio: Prof. Kobus Maree (DEd (Career Counselling); PhD (Learning Facilitation in Mathematics); DPhil (Psychology)) is a full Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Pretoria. Kobus is a member of the following core scientific committees: a. UNESCO Chair on Lifelong Guidance and Counseling, and b. the UNESCO University Network and Twinning (UNITWIN) Chair. In addition, he was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) Division 16) in 2018. Moreover, he accepted appointments as a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State and as Professor Extraordinaire at the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Southern Queensland.

Kobus has received multiple awards for his research. In 2014, he received the Psychological Society of South Africa’s Award for Excellence in Science. He was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for Teaching and Learning from the University of Pretoria in 2010 and has been nominated successfully as an Exceptional Academic Achiever on four consecutive occasions. He has a B1 rating from the National Research Foundation.

Kobus has authored or co­authored 90+ peer­reviewed articles and 75 books/ book chapters since 2010. In the same period, he supervised 38 doctoral theses and Master’s dissertations and read keynote papers at 25+ international conferences, and at 22+ national conferences. He has also presented invited workshops at conferences in 40+ countries on a) integrating qualitative and quantitative approaches in career counselling and b) the art and science of writing scholarly articles. Over the past seven years, he has spent a lot of time abroad as a visiting professor at various universities. He was awarded a fellowship of the IAAP in 2014 and received the Psychological Society of South Africa’s Fellow Award in 2017.

Prof. Dr. Osman YILDIRIM
İstanbul Arel University

Keynote Title: Lights-out Universities and Twenty-first Century Competencies

Abstract: Industrial transformations are happening more rapidly than in the past. While the transition from Industry 1.0 to Industry 2.0 took a very long time, subsequent industrial transformations took place at shorter intervals. Applications, technologies and unmanned smart systems (especially Smart Factory, Smart University, cyber-physical structure that will serve the society, etc.) brought about by the rapid development in Industry 4.0 are rapidly taking place in human life. In this research, Lights-out university and 21st century competencies are discussed.

Industry 4.0, where industrial transformations have come, has forced human resources competencies to change rapidly. While the competencies of all industrial sector employees are reshaping, higher education education systems have made digitalization compulsory. For example, the digitalized university will continue its life with faculty members with digital competencies. The digital university (Lights-out University), which has emerged as a new structure, will carry out its activities independently from the campus with faculty members with digital competencies. Moreover, the digital university that can use artificial intelligence and similar algorithms will offer teaching environments designed in accordance with students’ learning skills. The new University structure will become increasingly established and will need to employ faculty with twenty-first century competencies (4C or 7C).

Bio: Osman YILDIRIM is currently working with Istanbul Arel University,Turkey. He got the B.S. and M.Sc. degrees in Electronic Engineering at Bosphorus University in 1983 and 1986 respectively. In 1994 he completed his Ph.D. studies in Electronic Engineering at Istanbul Technical University. In 2006, he completed his second Ph.D. studies in Business Management at Istanbul University. Since 2013 he has been with  Istanbul Arel University where he is the head of Department of Electrical Engineering. His research interests are HR, Behavioral Sciences, Strategic HR Management, Electromagnetics, Radar, and Statistical Techniques.