Nanjing University in China has reportedly launched one of the first majors in the country dedicated to the study of metaverse-related knowledge. The university, located in eastern China, stated that this new impetus is aimed at delivering new metaverse-related courses that will help more students meet the needs of metaverse companies.
Nanjing University to train Metaverse Workers
Worldwide, more and more universities and educational institutions are incorporating the metaverse into their courses. This time, Nanjing University, located in eastern China, will launch one of the first metaverse majors in the country in its latest metaverse push.
The Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology is renaming one of its major departments, the Information Engineering Department, to the “Metaverse Engineering Department”, with the aim of integrating more metaverse-related courses into the university. According to sources, this could be the first department in China to include the word “metaverse.”
Pan Zhigeng, dean of the renamed department, stated that this move will help integrate the institution with metaverse-related enterprises, identify the needs of these groups and train more talent to fill their rosters.
Zhigeng also stated that students would be more qualified to serve in three different fields, including smart healthcare, smart education and digital tourism. To advance the university in these areas, the department is setting up three different working groups: the metaverse research institute, the smart meteorological research institute and the smart medical research institute.
Metaverse and Education
Other universities also use the metaverse as a tool to facilitate student relationships and integration. In July, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology announced the construction of an online metaverse campus called Metahkust, where students can take classes together remotely as if they were in the same location. This would yield better results than using 2D video apps (like Zoom) for the same approach, according to university staff.
Also in July, the University of Tokyo announced it would offer metaverse engineering courses later this year.
Earlier this month, Meta also announced its participation in the creation of 10 online metaverse campuses, in partnership with a metaverse construction company called Victoryxr. This is part of the Immersive Learning project, a $150 million initiative that aims to introduce the metaverse into educational environments.
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