56 percent of the world’s top universities now offer crypto related courses, according to a recent study by American based firm Coinbase. This increase to more than half of the world’s most prestigious universities marks a 14 percent spike compared to last year. Some of the most active universities when it comes to offering crypto literate courses include;
Cornell University which is the youngest Ivy League member with a $7.23 billion endowment is the leader in crypto education. The university offers around 30 courses that deal with cryptography, cryptocurrencies, and the Blockchain, which is the technology that underpins most of them. Many of Cornell alumni are the current prominent leaders in the crypto industry. Emin Gun Sirer, one of the most reputed Blockchain experts, recently rolled out his own coin that quickly acquired funding from Andreessen Horowitz and Polychain.
New York University
Popularly known as NYU, the university is steeped in history having been founded back in 1831. The university now offers an extensive degree-granting study program on cryptos. Commenting on how the institutions Stern school of Business aims to prepare students for careers in Crypto, adjunct professor Andrew Hinkes said;
“We hope to establish groundwork so that the students can understand what’s really happening under the hood, so that they can understand both the legal and the business implications, and prepare them to go out and tackle this new market”.
The university’s stern Business school was also notably the first learning center to offer courses in Blockchain technology and cryptographic assets. The university has gotten positive reviews from people who have taken the courses. Mustafa Khan happens to be a crypto student at the university; he had this to say about the importance of getting crypto literate in the current environment.
“In the environment we live in today, it’s become especially relevant to get a hold of how new technologies work and how they interact with the legal system”
The Massachusetts Institute of technology hit the ground running back in 2014 by giving their students back then, access to Bitcoin. They did this through an experiment that saw their students receive early access to the technology compared to students in other institutions. The students then had to decide whether they were going to invest in the technology or not. The university now offers several modules on cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain.
This promising trend cannot be disconnected from an earlier report that suggested that LinkedIn is increasingly seeing spikes in crypto related Job openings in places like Singapore. These institutions of higher learning are seeing an increasing demand for crypto competency and are going out of their way to meet it.
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