In more big news for education and the metaverse, The University of Tokyo recently announced that it will be offering “Metaverse Courses” for engineering students. The courses will be geared towards university students, middle and high schoolers, and working adults interested in switching careers.
There are three levels or initiatives: a junior engineering course, a reskilling engineering education course, and a comprehensive engineering career site.
The junior engineering course is for middle and high school students and their parents. It will employ a hybrid system of learning, consisting of in-person classes and classes in the metaverse. The purpose of the course is to educate students in undergraduate and postgraduate engineering studies and to give them hands-on product-development experience.
The reskilling course is designed to help working adult students retrain for a new career in engineering. The courses will also put a special emphasis on inspiring female students to engage with engineering and information science, fields that have been predominantly dominated by men in Japan.
The University of Tokyo clearly sees the metaverse as a critical part of the world’s future and has designed courses that locals and outsiders can take to give people the resources they need to find careers in this nascent but quickly growing space.
Metaverse Education is on the Rise
The University of Tokyo isn’t the only institution to make metaverse education a priority. We’ve reported several education-based initiatives over the past couple of months, and we expect there’ll be more in the future. Here are a few of the most interesting stories about Web3 education.
A few weeks ago, the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania announced it was launching an online course called Business in the Metaverse Economy. In collaboration with the Prysm Group, an economic consulting firm focused on rising technologies, the course is geared towards business and tech professionals who want to learn more about the metaverse and related technologies.
Next Meta, the social media giant formerly known as Facebook, reported last month that it partnered with Simplon, a digital training firm, to introduce Web3 in higher education. The companies plan to open “metaverse academies” throughout France in cities such as Paris, Nice, Lyon, and Marseille.
As Web3 and the metaverse continue to evolve, having sufficiently trained talent to fill positions in top companies could be an issue. The Wharton School of Business, Meta, and now The University of Tokyo seem to be anticipating this potential problem and doing everything they can to avert it. We think there’s a good chance more companies and institutions of higher learning will follow suit.