The metaverse academy, located in the capital Paris and other cities including Lyon, Marseille and Nice, will train 20 students per city each year
Meta, the parent company of Facebook and a French digital training firm will launch a metaverse academy in France for the new academic year, the two organisations said on Sunday.
Aiming to recreate life via augmented or virtual reality and take the web from 2D to 3D, the metaverse, which is seen as the internet’s next great technological development, refers to an immersive digital world.
In the first year, the goal of the metaverse academy will be to train around 100 students for free in two roles, specialist immersive technology developers and support and assistance technicians, said Laurent Solly, vice president for southern Europe of Meta.
There will in-person teaching method that will revolve around projects, with a focus on the 3D world and interactions in the virtual universes, said Frederic Bardeau, co-founder and boss of Simplon, the French firm working with Meta.
The metaverse academy, located in the capital Paris and other cities including Lyon, Marseille and Nice, will train 20 students per city each year.
Particular attention will be paid to diversity. Solly said the target was for 30 per cent of the first cohort to be women, while Bardeau said he would not look at applicant’s CVs and endorse positive discrimination.
In October 2021, Meta said it intended to create 10,000 jobs in Europe in five years’ time to build the metaverse, the US technology giant’s new strategic priority.
The goal is tied to predictions that future job skills demanded by employers will be closely tied with the metaverse.
Meta and Simplon said 80 per cent of the careers that will exist in 2030 have not been intended yet, highlighting the need to develop training schemes now.
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