November 13, 2023
The University of California, Irvine is expanding its research efforts to the virtual realm. … to turn UCI into a “metaversity.” … students will now be able to attend class in an immersive virtual replica of the campus. UCI celebrated the launch of the digital twin of the Paul Merage School of Business at a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 2. The digital twin will allow UCI to host more engagement opportunities for prospective students, international students and corporate partners, according to Ian Williamson, dean of the Merage School of Business. “One vision we have for this kind of technology is reaching beyond Irvine and California to provide access to UCI’s world-class education from anywhere in the world,” Williamson said during the ceremony.