University of Tokyo to offer courses in the Metaverse

The University of Tokyo is set to offer a range of study programs that will take place in the Metaverse.

According to a report from the local news outlet The Asahi Shimbun, the courses will be offered to students ranging from high school to adult learners in the workforce.

The Metaverse study programs will operate under Todai’s faculty of engineering and engineering-related graduate schools. Students who complete the courses will receive certificates.

The project has been launched to address the lack of skilled personnel working on “digital transformation” and “advanced technologies.”

For junior-high and high-school students, they will receive an introductory view of the space, along with learning about the potential roadmaps to find work in engineering, science and other related fields. They will receive the content in a mixture of online and face-to-face lessons.

University students and those already in the workforce will be offered opportunities to reskill/upskill via related online courses focused on artificial intelligence (AI), next-gen communication tech and entrepreneurial education.

There will also be a push to attract more women to study the programs, as the lack of female representation in engineering has been identified as an issue.