USP is the first university in Brazil to have a building in the metaverse
The University of São Paulo, USP, became the first public university in the Brazil to own a building in metaverse . The institution established a building within the USM metaverse, through a partnership established between the USM and the platform based on blockchain .
The building built by USP in the metaveso allows different types of interaction for users and is also open for meetings, meetings and workshops. The partnership was signed by USP last year and as part of the partnership, USP received land in the USM metaverse, as a NFT .
According to professor at USP, Marcos A. Simplicio Jr., this was the first time that USP receives an NFT as part of its assets. Also according to the professor, the USP intends to build different spaces for interaction with and between users (students, professors, researchers, visitors, etc).
The institution revealed that the partnership will initially take place in collaboration with researchers under an agreement already signed, the University Blockchain Research Initiative ( UBRI ), which has already been sponsored by Ripple e is headquartered at the Polytechnic School.
According to USP the institution plans to carry out research in the metaverse in different areas and highlights as an example research in the areas of education and psychology that can evaluate learning and behavior in classes and interactions performed in this environment.
USP among the best in the world
This partnership comes on the heels of yet another outstanding achievement for USP. For the first time, USP rose to the “top 100” of the best educational institutions in the world, according to the results of the 20th edition of the QS World University Ranking.
The 2024 list, released in June, places USP in 85th place among 1,499 universities, surpassing the University of Buenos Aires and marking its emergence as a leader in Latin America.
USP's 30-place jump from its 115th place in 2023 is attributed to its alumni's increased employability and improved international reputation.
“Brazil's performance in this edition of the ranking brings welcome relief after a downward trend in recent years. USP reaches a significant milestone and enters the top echelon of global excellence,” said Ben Sowter, Senior Vice President, QS.