It’s a world first. This Friday, March 11, Ridouan Abagri will announce at BPI France the creation of Metaverse College, the very first school entirely dedicated to the creation, structuring and development of these 3D universes. “There are specialized training courses within certain institutions, but not yet a 100% metaverse structure. For once we are five or ten years later in France! † gargles his future director.
With effect from the 2022 academic year, a bachelor’s degree program “metaverse project manager” will be offered in one year or three master’s programs in one or two years (M1-M2 or M2). These are available continuously or alternately in three domains: finance (cryptocurrency, blockchain or the futuristic “metaheritage”), arts (NFTs, product design of digitized works, etc.) and finally the development and data (virtual universe design, management, etc. .).
As a result, jobs that are both very technical (XR developer, 3D designer, data modeller, XR community manager, data architect, NFT designer, etc., Metaverse lawyer, etc). Prices vary between 6,500 and 8,000 euros per year up to Bac+3 and 10,000 to 11,000 euros the following years up to the master.
In the buildings of the Arche (La Défense, Paris) and in a future ‘educational metaverse’ (a kind of virtual classrooms for 2025), about fifty students are expected in October (15 of them in Bachelor). The list of teachers is not yet known. Metaverse College degrees are recognized by the state.
How to apply? The steps are as follows: 1/make contact, 2/make an appointment, 3/admission interview, 4/take an online test, 5/individual interview, 6/investigate the file and 7/answer of admission within 48 hours. The location currently focuses on students who have validated a bac+2. Within a year and a half, Metaverse College plans to open up to post-baccalaureate students and have a second class of 200 students.
A “hit to play”
A matter of courage, but above all of opportunities. When Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta (ex-Facebook) announced that the metaverse will be the future iteration of the Internet, while also demoing his own universe (and personal avatar) in October, Ridouan Abagri felt the punch. † I immediately said to myself: I want to be! †
That is convenient because Ridouan Abagri, also director of the Digital College specialized in internet and digital technology, has been working for two years on the establishment of a “total virtual school” without the issue of the “How?” or “What”. The metaverse is still in its infancy and is by definition completely virtual, accessible through a virtual reality headset. Bingo! He seized the opportunity.
Only for the communication campaign on social networks, an envelope contains 6 numbers
The College of Paris (group of 20 schools, which includes the Digital College and the newest Metaverse College) is financing the project using its own funds. Demand figures, Ridouan Abagri is very discreet. As for the campaign to advertise itself, the strategy is classic: advertising, website already online and targeting on social networks. On this last aspect, the budget envelope is six figures.
The institution has several partners of its choice: Huawei, BPI France, Ipocamp (an intellectual property start-up) and Maestria Blockchain (a company of experts in cryptoassets). Their contribution? “They support the project and some members will form a scientific committee for our programs. They will also intervene in our courses or in master classes, offer workshops to students, favor our profiles for their recruitments for work studies”, details the principal of Metaverse College. On the market, effective for the time being
not the shadow of a competitor, except the Metaverse School, a training company in Germany. It offers short and/or continuous sessions for adults (one month) and does not lead to a diploma. This is more of an in-service training for people working in the digital sector.