The University of Tokyo will offer courses for students to grasp the fundamentals of “metaverse” research. The main objective of this project is to address the shortage of skilled personnel to handle digital transformation and keep pace with the rapid changes of cutting-edge technology.
The Asahi Shimbun reported (here) on July 23, that at the end of the academic year 2022, the University of Tokyo (Todai) will offer a wide range of courses aimed at a wide variety of audiences, from high school students. base to those already in the workforce to grasp the fundamentals of “metaverse” research.
The new project will provide educational programs where the communication will take place in the virtual reality metaverse.
These courses are established by Todai’s Faculty of Engineering and technical-related graduate schools. The main goal of the project is to address the shortage of skilled personnel to handle digital transformation and keep pace with the rapid changes of cutting-edge technology.
These educational programs expose students to the fields of engineering and information science and provide information on possible career paths in those fields. In addition, students at other universities will be able to access the Todai metaverse to find information about relevant professions.
Another aspect of the project will be to provide re-skilling opportunities for university students or those already in the workforce. Online courses will be offered in areas such as artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship education, and next-generation media technology. Certificates will be issued to those who complete various courses.
University teachers say using the metaverse will allow the school to create an education system where anyone, regardless of age, gender, social status and region of residence, can can study engineering and information science.
Previously, in April, Japan Today reported that 3,800 students from 29 different disciplines under the NSG College League in Niigata celebrated the opening ceremony of 2022 in the metaverse world. The event is held virtual to allow everyone to easily attend without the risk of contracting COVID-19.