As Web3 and the Metaverse technology continue to gain momentum, it’s not surprising that reputable companies continue to enter the space. One of the world’s most respected institutions, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), has recently announced that they will host a virtual reality classroom party through the Metaverse on September 1st. The announcement comes as a surprise to a few since Hong Kong has been focusing on Web3 for a long time.
The virtual campus dubbed MetaHKUST has received a lot of praise from students and industry experts, citing the move as a shift in the right direction. The university accepts students from around the world, many of whom can’t relocate to the physical campus. The integration of Metverse classrooms allows them to experience a version of classroom life. “Through virtual reality, you can feel as if you’re there. How you interact with students around you will increase your learning outcome,” stated Pan Hui, chair professor of computational media and arts at the Guangzhou campus. “Many guests might be overseas and can’t attend so we will host it in the metaverse.”
The institution has two campuses, one in Hong Kong and the other in Guangzhou. The university has bridged the two campuses together to create a collaborative learning environment by creating a Metaverse initiative. Many have questioned the need for this, citing the benefits of Zoom and other video services since universities across the globe have become comfortable with virtual learning. However, Hui believes that a Metaverse campus better serves students and helps with student and teacher interaction. “Through virtual reality, you can feel as if you’re there. How you interact with students around you will increase your learning outcome.”
Integrating the Metaverse is exciting for the Web3 space, with several universities incorporating Metaverse courses and Web-related lectures. While this is the first Metaverse campus, the recent news showcases the effect that Web3 has had on several organizations throughout Web2.