In March, Associate Professor Gasinee Witoonchart, President of Thammasat University in Thailand, announced plans to open a new campus, this time in the Metaverse.
“Tanmasert Metaverse Campus” is an ambitious digital transformation journey of a Thai university. T-Verse platformAims to change the learning experience of students and the entire education sector of the country.
In particular, through immersive learning classrooms, we will focus on overcoming the limitations caused by the lack of interaction that is common in traditional online learning. Thanks to the power of virtual reality technology, we create a space where students can go back and learn about history, democracy and culture.
Place community products on campus as digital assets (NFTs) while opening a sales channel for delivering physical items to student addresses.And finally it 88 sandbox space To support networking with startups.
Another key element of the idea at the bottom of the Tammasert Metaverse Campus is its openness to a wide range of stakeholders with access to university knowledge and research, from private companies to government agencies. The parties can benefit from each other.
However, in the Asia-Pacific region, Thammasat University is not an isolated case, but shows a growing interest in higher education institutions in the Metaverse.
Already in 2021, researchers at the Shenzhen campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong published details. study About the prototype of the Metaverse campus where student behavior would have been reflected in the real world.
A group of experts proposed three pillars, infrastructure, interactions, and ecosystems for building the CHUHKSZ Metaverse Campus. In their prototypes, blockchain and smart contracts, autonomous governance, and AI-driven metaverse observers are just a few of the key elements used to build the next generation of campuses, and such an architecture is the author. As written by, improving user accessibility, diversity, equality and a humane spirit.
Also, in December last year, Communication University of China became the first higher education institution to officially participate in the Metaverse. XiRang platform Developed by tech giant Baidu.
In Malaysia, SEGi University and College have announced that they will open a new campus in the Metaverse. SEGi MetaCampus wants to change the way students learn and interact with each other. It consists of 100 auditoriums, 300 lecture rooms, 30 meeting rooms, 6 libraries, 50 retail stores, 6 concert halls and 30 student hangout areas.
In May, in Singapore, Aventis Graduate School announced plans to virtualize on the Metaverse campus by next year.
In South Korea, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) is another institution that evaluates the opportunities that Metaverse can offer. According to the president of KAIST Lee Kwang SooThe Metaverse Campus will be realized by 2023 at the Kenya-KAIST Campus in Conza Technopolis, a suburb of Nairobi.
These show for another future in which universities in the Asia-Pacific region can play a more active role in shaping the Metaverse and in shaping how, where and what people learn. Here are just a few examples that highlight the growing interest. In Kuala Lumpur, we discussed this issue with Dr. Chin Moisaf, Vice President of Manipal Global Nxt University.
The institution is a pioneer in online learning, with its first online offering live in 2002, known as U21 Global, many years before it began operating under the current ownership of the Manipal Education and Medical Group in India. It started with.
Technology and innovation have always been the main drivers behind the growth of the university, and the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has forced the world to deal with the uncertainties that come from alternative learning methods. ManipalGlobalNxt remains high-quality asynchronous and synchronous classes in the field of adult learning across different regions.
Regarding the Metaverse, Dr. Sahu emphasizes that the Metaverse is expanding very aggressively in the education industry. In particular, it is widely believed that fields such as science and medicine can greatly benefit from the Metaverse, but other fields need to work harder to create compelling examples for their use. There may be.
But he added that it is important to consider the inside out. An important issue is certainly represented by the quality of the internet connection. This remains a challenge in many parts of the world, resulting in an equal opportunity in the widespread adoption of the Metaverse.
Despite the first steps towards what may look like a new era in the university’s Metaverse, Dr. Suff’s words remind us of the big picture behind the transformation of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region.
He emphasizes that the region has its own place on the world’s educational map. Higher education institutions need to actively evolve while maintaining destructive relevance, as they maintain a sweet spot to ensure affordable quality education.
As the Asia-Pacific region continues to be seen as a major driver of global economic growth for the foreseeable future, universities need to play a greater role in ensuring seamless knowledge management and skill set upgrades.
This is just the first chapter of a longer story about the major transformations of the Asia-Pacific education sector, their characteristics, and their role and relevance in the broader international context.