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Meta is going to launch ‘metaverse academy’ in France

The parent corporation of Facebook, Meta, and a French digital training firm announced on Sunday that they will open a “metaverse academy” in France for the new academic year. The metaverse is an immersive digital universe 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. According to Laurent Solly, Meta’s vice president for southern Europe, the school’s goal in its first year is to train roughly 100 students for free in two roles: professional immersive technology developers and support and assistance technicians. According to Frederic Bardeau, co-founder and CEO of Simplon, the French firm working with Meta, the training style will be in-person and centered around projects, with a focus on the 3D world and interactions in virtual realities.

The metaverse academy, which is located in Paris and other cities such as Lyon, Marseille, and Nice, will train 20 students per city each year. Diversity will be given special consideration. Solly stated that 30% of the first cohort should be female, whereas Bardeau stated that he would not look at applicants’ CVs and would support affirmative discrimination. Meta announced in October 2021 that it would generate 10,000 jobs in Europe over the next five years to establish the metaverse, the company’s new strategic goal. The goal is based on expectations that future job skills will be tightly linked to the metaverse. Meta and Simplon said 80 per cent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 are yet to be invented, specifying the need for developing training programs now.

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