The trend in online learning that started before the pandemic has only picked up since, as more people have become comfortable working remotely or studying online. In the case of Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree programs, there has been a record 21% increase in online courses since 2021. That is according to Quaquarelli Symonds World University Ranking (more commonly known as simply QS).
Riding the wave by actively investing in online learning, some universities are putting themselves on the map. IE University calls it "Liquid Learning." And the next frontier is learning in the Metaverse.
In 2022, IE University Global Online MBA program is No. 1 in the world in the QS rankings, and No. 3 in a comparable list compiled by the Financial Times. What are they doing that is different, and why? JAPAN Forward continues its conversation with global head of recruitment and admissions Andrea Longaretti to find out.
IE announced on October 4 that it would be kicking off its first specialized courses in the Metaverse and Gaming Experience, open to all students at the graduate and undergraduate levels from 2023.
According to the university, these include learning experiences in metaverse, gaming, Web 3, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), artificial intelligence, and virtual and augmented reality, among others. The idea is to both train students in the emerging technologies and have the courses themselves take place in the Metaverse. For IE, the wider aim is to become one of "the few universities in the world that will have a campus in several metaverses in 2023."