Any university, computer engineering or business school that does not offer courses in blockchain will undeniably get left behind. Most importantly their students might get left behind when entering the job market.
According to new research from cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, 42% of the world’s top universities are now offering courses related to blockchain or cryptocurrency. Interestingly, a regard for blockchain and cryptocurrency stretches across academic disciplines ranging from anthropology and computer science. The report also found that students in all types of majors had an interest in studying blockchain technology.
“Blockchain combines theory and practice and can lead to fundamental breakthroughs in many research areas,” explains Dawn Song, a computer science professor at Berkeley.
“It can have really profound and broad-scale impacts on society in many different industries.”
Here are just some of the universities that offer blockchain and cryptocurrency tech courses…
Cornell University is one of the youngest Ivy League Universities in America. It was intended to be dedicated to the most modern technology. It is also one of the most influential research universities in the world and is becoming a leader in computer science and businesses. Cornell is carrying on its dedication by creating a project called Cornell Blockchain. This course is intended to provide education and application of blockchain technology for corporate clients and students.
University of Gibraltar
The Government of Gibraltar has announced a joint initiative with the University of Gibraltar. It is focused on technology-related education courses, including blockchain. The Gibraltar Chronicle reports that New Technologies in Education (NTiE) group, working with local businesses, will address a growing demand for skilled people in the public and private tech sector. “We are committed to developing and enhancing expertise in technologies such as blockchain, distributor ledger technology, coding and smart contracts across the education sector,” says the Group Chair and Director of Professional Development, Nadine Collado. “We are already scheduling a variety of offerings, to include a professional certificate of competence within this area.”
Stanford University has been running a blockchain course for a few years called ‘Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains, and Smart Contracts’. This course covers all aspects of cryptocurrency, focusing closely on Bitcoin and Ethereum as case studies. It also has The Applied Crypto Group which is a part of the Security Lab in the Computer Science Department. Research projects in the group “focus on various aspects of network and computer security. In particular, the group focuses on applications of cryptography to real-world security problems”.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a research university in Cambridge, Mass, it was founded to accelerate the industrial revolution. MIT states that “blockchain technology has the potential to affect all aspects of business, from supply chains to financial transactions, to audit trails”. The university offers a few blockchain courses, one being ‘Cryptocurrency Engineering and Design’ which looks at the design of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency and how they function in practice. Their goal is to conduct research on blockchain and digital currency topics and to teach students the skills they need to drive innovation in blockchain technology.
University of Nicosia
The University of Nicosia has become known as the first university to offer a full-time graduate degree course. The programme is on blockchain and digital currency technology and is a three-semester long master’s degree that teaches students about current technology. The course aims to “provide a conceptual understanding of the function of blockchains as a method of securing distributed ledgers”. The course is fully online, which gets a big thumbs up from oversea tech lovers, wanting to apply.