The University of São Paulo (USP) signed a cooperation agreement with Radio Caca (RACA) to study different educational applications within the United States of Mars metaverse by operating different virtual lands inside the metaverse.
According to the official information shared by the University of São Paulo; its team will evaluate the technical, economic, and legal aspects of the metaverse while creating research programs to understand its inner workings and limitations.
In this way, the University of São Paulo becomes the first Latin American university to enter a metaverse hand in hand with Radio Caca and other international universities. However, beyond the academic field, other major institutions are experimenting with opening offices in the metaverse.
USM will have its own land in the USM Metaverse
One of the most interesting points is that the University of São Paulo will have its own “virtual lands” where it will build a headquarters so that its employees and students can interact with each other “in a virtual, augmented or mixed reality environment.”
In other words, any student will be able to enjoy the immersive experience offered by metaverse interactions. This could radically change how students enjoy their academic life and opens up the debate on the possibility of a fully functional university running only in the metaverse.
The project itself is pretty ambitious: In addition to the Unites States of Mars, it counts on the support of the University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI), which is sponsored by Ripple, one of the most relevant companies in the crypto industry.
The experiment could be potentially helpful for different research areas like 3D Modeling, VR, AR, remote education, and psychology studies, just to name a few.
Radio Caca wants to build an open metaverse for universities
Jeff Watney, CEO of Radio Caca, said that the platform’s goal is for universities and content creators to be able to “build an open metaverse centered on user freedom.” He said it was a great honor for them to be able to create “new experiences that can unleash the full potential of Web3” along with the University of São Paulo.
It is a great honor for us at RACA to have USP, Latin America’s largest public university, inside the USM Metaverse. Together we will build new experiences that can unlock the full potential of Web3 for the people. This is our goal, to build an open metaverse focused on user freedom.
Marcos A. Simplicio Jr, professor at USP, said that this was the first time the university received or handled a non-fungible token (NFT). The NFT in question is the virtual land in the United States of Mars 3D Metaverse.
Radio Caca has a large community and the support of renowned companies such as OKX Blockdream Ventures, ConsenSys Mesh’s Tachyon accelerator, in addition to its new partner Ripple Labs inc, so this new metaverse itself could be very beneficial for students and professors if it is adopted among large universities worldwide.