Facebook’s parent company Meta and the French digital training firm Simplton will launch a “metaverse academy” in France for the new academic year.
The metaverse is an immersive digital world that attempts to mimic real-life via augmented or virtual reality and take the online from 2D to 3D. It is seen as the internet’s next big technological leap.
The academy aims to train about 100 students in two roles, specializing in immersive technology developers and support and assistance technicians, according to the sources.
Mr. Frederic Bardeau, Co-founder and boss of Simplon said that the teaching method will be in-person and revolve around projects, with a focus on the 3D world and interactions in the virtual universes.
According to the statement, “The metaverse academy, which will be located in Paris and other cities such as Lyon, Marseille, and Nice, will train 20 students per city each year. Particular attention will be paid to diversity.”
Furthermore, Meta and Simplon stated that 80 percent of the careers that will exist in 2030 have not been invented yet, highlighting the need to develop training schemes now.
In March, Meta entered into a partnership with the eCommerce technology firm VNTANA in order to bring 3D advertisements to social media platforms Facebook and Instagram.
Last year, Meta said it intended to create 10,000 jobs in Europe in five years to build the metaverse, the US technology giant’s new strategic priority.