Hong Kong university opens Metaverse classroom

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The opening of a virtual reality classroom via the Metaverse will take place on September 1 at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), according to an announcement. The launch marks the beginning of HKUST’s strategy to advance participatory learning by creating MetaHKUST, a virtual school in the Metaverse.

According to a professor from the HKUST university, the opening of the mixed reality classroom signifies the start of a new campus in the Hong Kong city of Guangzhou. At the Guangzhou campus, Pan Hui, chair professor of computational media and arts, added:

“We will hold the opening in the metaverse because many of the attendees might be from abroad and unable to attend.”

Pan Hui

The university intends to create a learning environment that digitally unites the two campuses—in Hong Kong and Guangzhou—by constructing MetaHKUST. The goal of HKUST is to assist students in overcoming geographic barriers to taking classes by virtually linking the campuses.

However, during the COVID-19 epidemic, colleges all over the world switched to services like Zoom for delivering online classes, Hui thinks that learning in the Metaverse is a better choice for students as it encourages a higher degree of connection.

“You can experience virtual reality to feel as though you are there. Your learning outcome will be improved by how you engage with the students around you.”

The metaverse is “here to stay,” according to Wang Yang, VP for institutional advancement at HKUST, despite the fact that the technology is still in its infancy.

Case study of Metaverse in Legal Proceedings

Edwin Tong, Singapore’s Second Minister for Law, added legal marriage proceedings, court case conflicts, and government services to the extensive list of use cases the Metaverse can be put to.

Marriages and legal proceedings can take place in the Metaverse

Tong provided examples of private events, such as the solemnization of marriages, that had taken place in the Metaverse to bolster his claim, adding:
“It wouldn’t be unfathomable if, in the near future, other government services besides marriage registration might be accessed online via the Metaverse.”

Tong recommended an “integrated platform” that may enliven the dispute resolution process rather than claiming that the incorporation of such technology will prevent the use of conventional offline hearings. There can always be a hybrid aspect,” he said.

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