The UNIC Open Metaverse Initiative is focused on the academic, research and policy issues relating to the metaverse.

The UNIC Open Metaverse Initiative

In 2021, the University’s Department of Digital Innovation and its affiliated Institute For the Future launched the UNIC Open Metaverse Initiative, a new comprehensive initiative focused on the academic, research and policy issues relating to the metaverse, with a particular emphasis on open public systems and standards.This initiative builds on UNIC’s track record as the leading university in blockchain and crypto-assets.


As we move towards extended reality worlds fueled by decentralised technologies, the initiative aims to build new academic/training programmes, pioneer research toward open and interoperable architectures, foster innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as support NFTs on campus.

Academic / Training Programmes

MOOC NFTs and the Metaverse

MSc Metaverse

Innovation & Entrepreneurialism

Public launch of the first cohort of UNIC incubated NFT/metaverse startups.

Annual cohorts of NFT/metaverse startups.

& Policy

Center for an Open Metaverse (COM)

The Open Metaverse Alliance (OMA)

NFTs on Campus

The first permanent university gallery for NFTs
(The Block Gallery)

NFTs as donations for student scholarship and research support



An open introductory course to NFTs and the Metaverse, delivered on-chain and in the metaverse.

The University of Nicosia (UNIC) has been a leader in cryptocurrency education and research since 2014, when it taught the world’s first for-credit cryptocurrency course.

This course is taught by UNIC faculty and @punk6529 – a deeply influential thinker on NFTs and the metaverse and one of the largest NFT collectors in the world – along with an incredible array of guest panelists and lecturers.

MSc in


The MSc in Metaverse is an interdisciplinary programme focused on preparing creators, developers, architects, social scientists, financial professionals, policy makers, and others for careers in metaverse design, programming and management. The master’s programme is designed to help students explore the relationship between Metaverse technologies and its applications (e.g. technical, business) to attain a new insight on how to design, develop, and gain value from the implementation of new Metaverse products and services.

Top reasons to study at UNIC


Taught by leading faculty and industry practitioners from around the world


Largest blockchain and metaverse student community in the world


Networking opportunities in the Blockchain and Metaverse industries


€300,000 in merit-based and need-based scholarships