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Data Science, Cybersecurity and the Metaverse Future of Higher Education

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Higher education is evolving continuously with the new age of digital exploration. Even though metaverse has been in existence for decades, it is now gaining heavy traction. Along with that, data science and cybersecurity are trends and have also captured the attention of the IT world.

Cybersecurity, data science, and the metaverse are exponential markets, where the global market size of cybersecurity is estimated to reach around $370 billion by 2028 growing at a CAGR of 12% from $153.16 billion in 2020, while the global data science market is expected to value a little over $80 billion by 2027 with a CAGR of 11.1% and the global metaverse market is predicted to expand at a CAGR of 41.7% from 2021 to 2030. 

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With these next big technologies and fast-growing lucrative markets, it is essential to reinvent the higher education of tomorrow to shape and future-proof it with advancing technologies like data science, cybersecurity, and the metaverse.

Cybersecurity:

Cybersecurity is a practice that aims to protect networks, systems, and programs from harmful digital attacks. These attacks usually access, change or destroy sensitive information and use it to extort money or use it to disrupt the flow of business if any. Cybersecurity in higher education will play a crucial role as the data of the students as well as teachers are sensitive and need to be protected when all the data is stored online. Over the years attackers have developed many innovative ideas, which causes tension in the higher education system.

Data science:

Data Science is a field that uses scientific methods and processes using algorithms and systems. It attracts insights, knowledge from structured and unstructured data. Data science applies the knowledge and insights acquired from this data to take action against a broad range of application domains. The techniques used by data science vary from the field of statistics, computer science, domain knowledge, etc. The implementation of data science in higher education will benefit the education system greatly. The future of data scientists, easy checking of plagiarism, implementation in research work are some ways data science will enhance the future world.

Metaverse:

Metaverse is a network of 3D virtual worlds that focuses on social connection. In the previous years, metaverse has been popular in the fiction world and now has gained its popularity on various virtual platforms. Metaverse includes technologies of virtual reality and augmented reality which aims to combine the physical and digital world. Metaverse has created its own space that even higher education has engaged in building technologies in the education system. Due to technological advancement and education classes being in a hybrid model, metaverse will help the education system greatly by using virtual and augmented reality.

Emerging technologies and higher education:

The future of higher education is more about hyper-personalization, with data science, metaverse, and cybersecurity solutions. In the growing ecosystem of digital spaces, networks, the metaverse is even deeper and would influence our daily activities and interactions in both physical and virtual worlds. This already has implications for higher education because of how it can be accessed by learners, how information is created, and the ways the learners will interact and connect.

Data Science adds benefit to semi-structured and unstructured data:

Data science on the other hand adds to the benefit of making more informed decisions about every individual student and analyzing the data to improve outcomes. It requires skills in math, computer science, and a lot more to understand what would drive a student’s behavior. Higher education is most likely to benefit from continuous real-time recommendations with semi-structured and unstructured data to learn from the metaverse and aid in predicting future outcomes.

Cybersecurity is an integral part of the digital world:

Cybersecurity will aid in securing the metaverse to protect the metaverse and the data from vulnerability. A decade from now cybersecurity would become an integral part of higher education. As hackers will be lurking behind every window screen, technology giants would take over higher education’s cybersecurity. This would leverage campus technologies, computing power with the collaboration of higher education.

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Technologies are under continuous upgradation:

These technologies are still being developed, still being transformed to enable cybersecurity, data science, and the metaverse to achieve new heights. As these technologies come with a huge learning curve for higher education, these technologies are the future and organizations need to prepare enough to make sense of this new technological world.

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COP28 UAE: SANY Promotes Green Manufacturing Transformation, Takes Concrete Action to Tackle Climate Challenges

CHANGSHA, China, Nov. 23, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- SANY Group, ("SANY"), a globally leading enterprise of the high-end equipment manufacturing industry, is accentuating advancing sustainable development and the green manufacturing transformation of the heavy machinery industry, ahead of the COP28 UAE, that is set to take place from November 30 to December 12 in Dubai. The theme of the 13-day program this year is "Actionism," calling for people to rise to meet the climate change challenges.

The COP28 will center on four major paradigm shifts – namely accelerating the transition from fossil fuels, agreeing on climate finance shifts, emphasizing the role of people and nature in climate action, and ensuring the summit is an inclusive event that women, indigenous people, local communities, youth, countries and more can all be a part of.

SANY is responding actively and positively to the summit's agenda with concrete actions to promote the transformation of green manufacturing, bringing sustainable solutions to the industries of mining, construction, wind power, and more.

Taking green actions to build a sustainable future

SANY is vigorously expanding the use of green energy (renewables such as solar and wind) in production processes to reduce the reliance on traditional energy sources, lower carbon emissions, and support climate change actions. It has adopted multiple initiatives, especially in accelerating the R&D and application of wind energy, hydrogen, and electrification solutions, and achieved significant results.

SANY's subsidiary SANY Renewable Energy has been investing in and constructing wind farms to boost the proportion of wind power in the energy structure, through intelligent upgrades in manufacturing and creating intelligent workshops. By doing this, SANY Renewable Energy has reduced the overall unit energy consumption and carbon emissions by 15 percent compared to pre-upgrade.

In 2022, SANY has added more than 3,000 energy metering connections. SANY built China's first intelligent mixing station park and invested 3.22 million yuan in photovoltaic construction that will produce 900,000 kWh of power annually. The park will cut 887 tons of carbon emission, 242 tons of dust emissions, 26.7 tons of sulfide, and 13.4 tons of nitric oxide to achieve synergetic development of intelligent manufacturing and environmental conservation.

A total of 11 subsidiaries of SANY have installed photovoltaic power generation equipment, with clean energy usage amounting to 16.013 million kWh.

SANY is actively engaged in the R&D of hydrogen fuel cell technology to improve battery efficiency, reduce cost, and boost the production and storage capabilities, while expanding the applications of hydrogen energy.

Innovation-driven climate action tackles industry bottlenecks

Through establishing a green supply chain, SANY adopts renewable materials and environmentally friendly technologies to reduce resource waste and improve the sustainability of the supply chain.

SANY continues to improve the long-term mechanism for pollution prevention and control, strengthen the control of waste emissions including water, gas, and other hazardous substances, and be cautious of business and operation actions that could damage the ecological environment. In 2022, the group's wastewater and gas emissions met the standard rate of 100 percent, with a 100 percent compliance rate for hazardous waste disposal.

The group is also pushing for using environment-friendly materials to minimize pollution, so that the carbon reduction throughout the product life cycle also includes materials. In 2022, its VOCs emission density was 0.0011 tons per million revenue, a 39.71 percent reduction from the base year.

Meanwhile, the continuous upgrade of production techniques and processes, promotion of energy conservation technologies, and advancement of low-carbon technology development are not only playing key roles in improving production efficiency, but also reducing carbon footprint and aims to reach the "dual-carbon" goals.

Calling for the public's participation

SANY has been carrying out training programs and campaigns centered on environmental protection for employees, while further raising community engagement in terms of green, low-carbon, community-friendly, and educational innovation agendas. In 2022, the company employees completed 687.4 hours of volunteer work, and SANY invested 9.75 million yuan in the year to support 15 public welfare projects.

SANY Construction Industry is leading the green technology application in urban infrastructure construction to accelerate the sustainable development of cities and building intelligent cities, green transportation systems, and energy-conserving architectures to reduce energy consumption, improving urban environment quality and people's livelihoods.

In terms of biodiversity and sustainable development, SANY emphasizes the conservation of soil, ocean, crops, and animals to create a better future, and advocates a circular economy to decrease the waste of resources.

In the context of increasingly severe issues of global climate change, SANY, as a leader in the green industry, is committed to promoting sustainable development and actively joining global efforts to address climate change through comprehensive initiatives such as green supply chains, green energy, and carbon emission reduction.

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