China’s first metaverse major was founded at a university in Jiangsu to nurture more talent based on the needs of related industries

A visitor interacts with the virtual figure Banzhao during the World Metaverse Conference 2022. Photo: CI

The Metaverse’s first Chinese major was founded at a university in Jiangsu Province, East China, in hopes of nurturing more talent based on business needs in Metaverse-related industries.

The School of Artificial Intelligence (School of Future Technology) at the Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Jiangsu, on Friday renamed its Information Engineering Department to the Metaverse Engineering Department, becoming the first undergraduate department titled to the Metaverse in China.

Pan Zhigeng, dean of the School of Artificial Intelligence (School of Future Technology), told China Direct on Sunday that the renowned department will be integrated with more metaverse-related courses and disciplines to nurture more talent based on business needs in industries related to the metaverse.

According to Pan, the metaverse is the integration of a wide range of technologies and applications such as the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, artificial intelligence, and smart healthcare. The talents trained at the department can meet the demands of businesses in various sectors, including smart health, smart education and digital tourism.

The new department will also cooperate closely with metaverse-related businesses to further promote the integration of education and manufacturing, Pan said, noting that the department also plans to jointly train masters, doctoral and postdoctoral fellows with the Hong Kong Polytechnic. University.

The renowned department immediately sparked heated discussions online with many netizens wondering what courses will be offered and what kind of talent will be cultivated.

According to Pan, it is expected that more talent will be trained with specific skills needed for the sectors related to the metaverse.

The School of Artificial Intelligence is determined to create three research groups, including the Metaverse Research Institute, the Smart Meteorological Research Institute, and the Smart Medical Research Institute.

Among them, the Metaverse Research Institute, founded in August with Yalong Intelligent Equipment Group Co, will focus on the intelligent education sector.

For some scenarios where the physical operation cannot be performed, such as an airplane cockpit, the work environment can be simulated through technology to improve training efficiency.

Also, as tombs have gotten more expensive in recent years, people will be able to sweep the tomb into the metaverse in the future, Peng said.

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