Youth Programme: Metaverse: What It Is and the Technology that will Drive It



The word “Metaverse” has gained in popularity recently thanks to great interest shown by IT giants such as Apple, Microsoft, Nvidia and Google. Famously, Facebook even changed its name to Meta to signify its renewed focus in the field. Yet, despite the great attention paid to the topic in recent times, surprisingly few people really know what it really means. What’s even more interesting is that the idea of the Metaverse isn’t really new at all, as scientists around the world have been thinking about it for over half a century already! What do they know about the Metaverse that everyone else doesn’t, and how will that knowledge change the way people work, play, live and love in this new and exciting revolution? More importantly, how can the Metaverse be used to make the world a better place for everyone?

In this programme, participants will be introduced to the science behind the state-of-the-art technologies that make up the Metaverse. They will learn about how each of the technologies play their own unique and important role in creating, maintaining and interacting with the Metaverse. Participants will then learn how to solve real-world problems by utilizing the power of the Metaverse.


  • Unlike the hype that is proliferated by the media about the Metaverse, with much of it being speculative or shallow in nature, this course deals with the science of the Metaverse, hence giving participants the opportunity to learn about the Metaverse from first principles and unbiased perspectives.

  • Your course instructor is one of the Singaporean pioneers in the field, having done scientific research and created numerous successful Metaverse-related systems throughout his career.

  • Come on a journey with NUS’s very own thought leader in all things Metaverse to discover what the Metaverse really is (or should be!) and see for yourself how you could change the world through the Metaverse. Who knows, you may just uncover hidden gems that have not even been discovered yet!


There are no prerequisites for this course as the material will cover the basics of the Metaverse.

Participants are required to bring their own laptop, charger and universal travel adaptor (for international participants) throughout the duration of the programme.


Pre-university and high school students age 16 – 18 years old, who are keen to explore a career in IT-related topics.


Face-to-face programme, including lectures and interactive tutorials.


  • 19 Dec 2022 9am - 5pm (GMT+8): Welcome Session + Lesson 1 + NUS Campus Tour
  • 20 Dec 2022 9am - 12pm (GMT+8): Lesson 2
  • 21 Dec 2022 9am - 12pm (GMT+8): Lesson 3
  • 22 Dec 2022 9am - 12pm(GMT+8): Lesson 4
  • 23 Dec 2022 9am - 5pm (GMT+8): Lesson 5 + Final Group Project


  • Final Assessment: Group project presentation

    Final assessment will be a group-based presentation outlining an Metaverse project proposal based upon the areas covered in the materials. Assessment should outline a clear explanation of the problem to be solved by the Metaverse, the high-level approach that will be taken, and expected impact. Assessment will also incorporate a Q&A session by peers and lecturer.

 Dr LU Weiquan

Dr Lu Weiquan
Senior Lecturer, Department of Informations Systems & Analytics
School of Computing

Weiquan is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Computing in NUS who examines the User Experience (UX) Design of technologically-empowered learning environments. He designs and utilizes experiential learning technology (such as simulations, Augmented and Virtual Reality) in the courses he teaches, and his education research interests include figuring out how all this technology tangibly and measurably affects human learning using Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

He also advises the government in the fields of UX design and experiential learning, and he develops Metaverse applications for industry clients. He holds a B.Comp. in Computing and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from NUS.



Successful participants who complete all requirements of the programme including passing the assessment will receive a certificate of completion issued by NUS SCALE.
A sample of the certificate of participation can be found here: 

Participants from the project team with the highest score for the group project will also receive a commendation letter. A sample is shown below:
Sample Online Commendation Letter


Individual Sign-up:
19 to 23 December 2022


Programme Fee
SGD $ 2,160.00 (price inclusive of 8% GST with effect from 1 Jan 2023)

NUS SCALE register

Please click here to access the applicant user guide and do contact us at should you have any questions regarding this programme. 

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11 March 2023