February 27, 2019 – More than 10 colleges and universities in the Philippines are going to offer elective blockchain courses with the help of NEM Philippines.
NEM Philippines reveals the start of blockchain elective courses in several schools in the country. The schools that will pilot NEM blockchain courses in the Philippines are the following:
- Ateneo de Manila Univ
- Asia Pacific College
- ICCT Colleges
- Our Lady of Fatima University
- Lyceum of the Philippines Manila
9 more universities are expected to begin offering the elective course and shall be disclosed soon. In a message, NEM Philippines head Emerson Fonseca revealed that these schools will begin classes by May and June 2019. He also mentioned that all materials, syllabus, and teacher training are offered by NEM Philippines for free.
“We have 10+ Universities now that will also roll the Blockchain Elective Course which some of them will start by May 2019 and June 2019. All materials, syllabus and training their professors are offered by NEM Philippines for free.” – Emerson Fonseca, NEM Philippines Head
As an elective course, this does not entail that the student will graduate with a bachelor of science, major in blockchain. Rather, taking the elective will equip the students with the required skills to have a career in blockchain development.
NEM Philippines also conducted workshops in different schools. Some of which, like the ICCT Colleges Workshop that happened last January 10, 2019 is conducted to prepare for the offering of the blockchain elective courses. Training and workshops may serve as precursors to elective courses. October 2018 saw a NEM blockchain training seminar at the Lyceum of the Philippines, 3 months before the university offered the elective to students. Also, elective classes will be done for 36 hours excluding exams, making it a full semester class.
NEM Philippines has a very active community in the country and is on an awareness campaign to promote blockchain in schools. In contrast to large scale blockchain events happening in the metro that attract different players in the blockchain ecosystem, it chose to bring these awareness campaigns in different universities in the Philippines. The first of which happened at the Far Eastern University Makati in October 2017. Some of these events have been attended by BitPinas, such as the meetup in Ateneo de Manila University where NEM Foundation council member Jeff McDonald talked about blockchain technology in front of students from different universities.
Ateneo, in partnership with NEM Philippines, has built AMBERLAB, a non-profit blockchain think tank which aims to be an incubation hub and center of research as to how blockchain can improve the lives of Filipinos.
The initiative to launch blockchain elective courses coincides with NEM Philippines’s mission to spread the word about NEM blockchain and blockchain in general. Additionally, NEM Philippines aims for the country to become the world’s center for blockchain talent.
This article first appeared on BitPinas: List of Universities Offering NEM Blockchain Courses in the Philippines
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