The University of Tokyo will offer a number of study programs later this year that take place in the Metaverse. The "Metaverse" is a complex concept, but in essence it is nothing more than a virtual world.
According to local news station The Asahi Shimbun, the courses will be offered as early as high school, but working adults will still be able to participate.
The Metaverse courses will not be offered under a faculty of their own, but will fall under the faculty of engineering and related engineering graduate schools. Students who complete the courses will also receive a certificate.
The motive behind the University of Tokyo's decision to offer Metaverse courses is the shortage of expertise in the "digital transformation" and "advanced technologies" sectors.
University officials emphasized that studying in the Metaverse will also create a situation where "everyone, regardless of age, gender, social status and area of residence, can learn about technology and information science."
Crypto and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) were not specifically mentioned, but given that these two terms are often associated with the Metaverse, they will likely feature in the courses.
University students and those already working will have the opportunity to update themselves through online courses on artificial intelligence (AI), next-gen communications technology and entrepreneurship education.
Middle and high school students get an overview of the industry and learn about job opportunities in engineering, science and other related fields. They will receive the content in a mix of online and face-to-face classes.
There will also be a push to attract more women to attend the programs, as the lack of female representation in engineering has been identified as a problem.
Although the Metaverse is not necessarily related to crypto and NFTs, it is interesting to see how more and more technologies and ideas that have emerged in the crypto sector are being adopted in real life.
Many companies are already using blockchain technology, and metaverse/virtual-reality environments are now making inroads as well. Who knows, with the current inflation rate, cryptocurrencies may also gradually take on more and more of the role of money.