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Glasgow Clyde College to host virtual metaverse Open Day in Minecraft


Glasgow Clyde College says it has taken the decision after experts predicted that, by 2030, more time will be spent in virtual worlds than the real world (Picture: Twitter/@Glasgow_Clyde)

A college is to become the first in the UK to hold an interactive metaverse open day – with its campus recreated on Minecraft.

Glasgow Clyde College says it has taken the decision after experts predicted that, by 2030, more time will be spent in virtual worlds than the real world.

It says it wants to give school pupils finishing their exams in Scotland over the next week a glimpse into the future by launching the UK’s first ever interactive metaverse open day, encouraging them to log on or watch live on twitch, and explore the Langside campus on Minecraft.

Studies suggest almost four fifths of Generation Z play video games and futurologists forecast large parts of daily routines will be solely lived in 3D online realms in the future.

The entire Langside campus in Glasgow’s southside has been reproduced in minute detail on Minecraft – one of the world’s most popular 3D interactive computer games.

The college says this creates an environment which gamers can interact with and explore.

Minecraft is played by more than 120 million people around the globe every day

The main building, theatre, gym, five-a-side pitches and student hubs all feature.

Minecraft is played by more than 120 million people around the globe every day, with almost half of its players aged between 15 and 21.

Described as an online version of ‘Lego’, gamers can build almost anything they want using blocks.

John Rafferty, deputy principal at Glasgow Clyde College, said: ‘Open days are a really key part of the decision-making process, a chance to get a glimpse of the places you might be studying in next.

‘Whether it’s through computer games or social media, many of these pupils already have one foot in the metaverse and we wanted to bring our world into theirs, showing off the best Glasgow Clyde College has to offer as a realm they can explore from their gaming console.

‘In the next decade, many young people expect to be working in jobs, spending money and regularly socialising with friends entirely online, so we’re proud to be the first college in the UK to host a 3D open day in cyberspace, welcoming prospective students into an incredible recreation of one of our biggest campuses.’

The ‘metaverse’ open day goes live on Wednesday at 4pm.


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