Hong Kong University to build world’s first Metaverse campus

The Metahkust is being built with the goal of connecting the two campuses to a limitless shared learning environment.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has announced plans to build Metahkust, an online-based metaverse campus. The university will take the first step toward this goal by constructing a mixed virtual reality classroom, allowing students from different latitudes to attend classes as if they were in the same room.

On September 1, the virtual classroom will host the launch of the new Guangzhou campus.

Launching Hkust’s virtual reality class is a significant step toward creating the Metahkust. The Metahkust is being built with the goal of connecting the two campuses to a limitless shared learning environment.

According to Pan Hui, chair professor of computational media and arts at Hkust Guangzhou campus, Guangzhou students can see their classmates in the lecture hall. Still, when they put on their goggles, they can see their Hong Kong peers sitting next to them. It’s a sense of belonging and participation.

Students from two campuses could attend the same lectures in the digital classroom. Opening days and graduation can occur virtually, as can the issuance of transcripts or diplomas as NFTs. The first stage of the metaverse campus includes the installation of VR classrooms, cameras, sensors, and visualisation tools.

Despite the fact that the metaverse is still in its early stages, Wang Yang, vice-president for institutional advancement at Hkust, believes it is “here to stay.” Wang Yang believes that Hkust should be at the forefront of demonstrating innovative and creative future education technology.

The institution explained the advantages of metaverse-based classrooms and campuses over a more traditional remote classroom setup that includes video conferencing tools such as Zoom. According to the professors, metaverse environments provide more interaction for students, making them feel as if they were attending classes in the real world.

The University of Tokyo recently announced adopting metaverse technology into its learning processes. The university announced that it would begin offering introductory engineering classes in the metaverse later this year.

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