Considered by the digital giants as the next great technological leap in the evolution of the Internet, the “metaverse” refers to an immersive digital universe, supposed to extend physical reality via augmented or virtual reality and make move the web from 2D to 3D.

This future school will be “free, territorial, innovative” and focused on “employability”, assured AFP Laurent Solly, vice-president Southern Europe of Meta.

“Our goal is to train a hundred students for the first year in two metaverse professions. The first, a developer specializing in immersive technologies, the second support/assistance technician,” he added.

The pedagogy “will not be centered in itself on the use of the metaverse, it is something which remains rather vague. We will be interested only in 3D and the interaction in the universes?; it will be a pedagogy by face-to-face projects”, according to Frédéric Bardeau, co-founder and president of Simplon.

Present in Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Nice, this “metaverse academy” intends to train 20 students per city and per class, with particular attention to diversity and the place of women.

“We are looking for people from all populations, and our goal is to have 30% women in this first class,” explained Laurent Solly.

“We assume the positive discrimination and diversity side, we do not look at CVs”, underlined for his part Frédéric Bardeau.

In October 2021, Meta announced its intention to create 10,000 jobs in Europe over the next 5 years to build the “metaverse”, the American group’s new strategic priority.

An ambition that should make it possible to meet the future demand of companies looking for skills and trades related to the “metaverse”.

“80% of the professions of 2030 have not yet been invented, so it is now that we have to do it”, underlined the two partners again.