The University of Tokyo to teach Study Programs in the Metaverse
The university's graduate engineering schools will oversee the study programmes that are held in the metaverse. The goal of the project is to solve the lack of experts in "digital transformation" and "advanced technologies".
The University of Tokyo, widely known as Todai, revealed over the weekend that it will offer metaverse study programmes. According to the Japanese news outlet, The Asahi Shimbun, courses will be available to high school students as well as adults in university and the workforce.
The courses will not be taught by a degree-granting faculty, but rather by the university's engineering-related graduate schools, with students receiving a certificate upon completion.
The University of Tokyo to upskill students leveraging metaverse
While classes are hosted in the metaverse, Web3-related subjects are not covered. Students in junior high will be introduced to virtual space while learning how to get employment in the engineering sector. They will attend both online and in-person classes.
University students and working individuals can reskill and upskill by taking courses in artificial intelligence (AI), next-generation communication technology, and entrepreneurship.
The project intends to solve the shortage of "digital transformation" and "advanced technologies" professionals. To counterbalance the male-dominated engineering-related professions, the institution will also make an effort to attract more female students to the programs.
Other metaverse use examples in Japan include a virtual support group from Fukuoka using the SecondLife metaverse platform. The support group seeks to reintegrate Hikkikomori, social recluses who refuse to leave their houses owing to extreme social phobia.