August 29, 2019 – If you are enrolled in any of the world’s top 50 universities, there’s a 50% chance that institution has a blockchain course you can attend or enroll.
Coinbase has partnered with Qriously in its “Coinbase Report on Higher Education”, which reveals what students think of cryptocurrency as well as the growing number of blockchain, cryptocurrency, or Bitcoin-related courses taught in colleges and universities.
A key finding is that 56% of the top global universities now offer atleast one course related to blockchain or cryptocurrency. This is an increase from just 42% in 2018. Also, the classes that offer such courses. While computer science classes are still the most common, and increasing number of finance, business, economics, and law-school classes are offering blockchain or crypto-related courses. Refer to the image below:
Coinbase also look at non-coursework offerings (official research, crypto clubs, etc) and by getting data found from Google Scholar attributions, the company recognizes the top 10 leaders in crypto education:
- Cornell University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- New York University
- Stanford University
- Ecole Polytechnique Federale of Lausanne
- University of California – Berkeley
- Columbia University
- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
- University of Copenhagen
- National University of Singapore
Cornell University, in particular, offers 14 classes on cryptocurrency and/or blockchain.
When asked, many students find the current financial system as “slow-moving,” or “unequal.” According to computer science professor Cesare Fracassi from University of Texas, it is obvious that students interested in the topic of blockchain and cryptocurrency are the ones mistrustful of the current banking system. He admits that the more idealistic ones might want to create an alternative system “where the decision-making process isn’t centralized.” But the more pragmatic students are “interested in ways this technology can be used to improve companies’ performance and efficiency,” he said in a statement.
Coinbase, however, notes that one does not need to enroll full-time in an elite university to learn about cryptocurrency. MIT is offering a six-week online course while UC Berkeley offers Blockchain Fundamental classes online as well.
In the Philippines, an initiative to offer blockchain courses in universities has been kickstarted by NEM Philippines. These elective blockchain courses are now available in more than 10 universities in the country, including Ateneo de Manila University, University of the East, and Adamson University.
Source: Coinbase Blog
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