Meta, Facebook's parent company, and a French digital training provider will develop a "metaverse academy" for the upcoming academic year.

The metaverse is an immersive digital universe that aspires to mimic real life via augmented or virtual reality and make the web 3D.

In its initial year, the school aims to train 100 students in two roles: immersive technology developers and support and assistance technicians

The education method will rely on the 3D world and virtual universe interactions, said Frederic Bardeau, co-founder and boss of Simplon, a French startup partnering with Meta.

The metaverse academy, which will be located in Paris and other cities such as Lyon, Marseille, and Nice, will train 20 students per city each year.

Diversity is emphasised. Solly said 30% of the first cohort should be women, but Bardeau stated he wouldn't endorse positive discrimination based on CVs.

Meta announced in October 2021 that it would generate 10,000 jobs in Europe over the next five years to establish the metaverse, the company's new strategic goal.

The goal is based on expectations that future employer-required work skills will be tightly linked to the metaverse.

Meta and Simplon said 80 percent of the careers that will exist in 2030 have not been invented yet, highlighting the need to develop training schemes now.