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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has announced plans to develop the first virtual metaverse campus called Metahkust. In a broad move in support of virtual education, the University will be building a virtual reality classroom that allows all students from various places to meet in the metaverse.

The virtual classroom will host the launch of the new Guangzhou campus at a special event at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

The first event in which this metaverse-based system will be tested is the opening of the Guangzhou campus that the university will host the next September. Pan Hui, professor of computational media and arts at the Guangzhou campus, believes that 

"Using Zoom feels like you’re just looking at a 2D screen. But through virtual reality, you can feel as if you’re there. I think interaction is very important for learning. How you interact with students around you will increase your learning outcome."

To achieve this united virtual campus, the university will install a series of sensors and cameras to feed information to the metaverse system.

A lot of guests might be overseas and can’t attend, so we will host it in the metaverse.

Virtual learning expansion

Online learning is nothing new as platforms began understanding the benefits of accessing expert teaching and resources in an easy manner. The global pandemic accelerated this approach to learning and virtual learning environments have become integral parts of University programs. 

Although zoom and other technologies allowed for the facilitation of remote learning it did not offer easy interaction between students. Using the metaverse as an education setting provides an extra layer of engagement and creates a sense of unity that you would otherwise feel in the physical learning environment. 

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