With a growing demand for the application of blockchain technology by various institutions and companies across the world, one question that often times comes to mind is, are there institutions of higher learning offering blockchain technology as a course?.
Certainly, there are institutions offering blockchain technology as a course of study. These institutions range from universities to colleges, even firms are not left out, as they some times partner blockchain professionals to raise new talents for the blockchain industry.
According to research on Google Trends charts and the number of job listings across platforms, jobs relating to blockchain technology grew by 200% in 2017, meaning that, job ads mentioning blockchain is estimated at a rate of 2 per day, and 15 out of the 18 most-searched postings have explicitly included the word “blockchain.”
However, with fewer blockchain talents in the world, the need to train more individuals is on the way with several institutions offering blockchain courses, and much expected to join these pool in the nearest future, or risk being left behind.
1. CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Trustnodes named Cornell University as #1 University when it comes to blockchain courses.
From the article: “If you’re into computer science with an interest in blockchain technology, the best place to go is Cornell if you can study under Emin Gün Sirer.
The professor has a deeper understanding of blockchain technology than probably anyone else, including some core protocol developers who spend their time developing public blockchains.
He is one of the very few in this space who can see what others can’t and some even call him a genius.”
2. STANFORD UNIVERSITY
The course was designed for advanced undergraduates and graduate student, it covers the technical aspects of cryptocurrencies, blockchain technologies, and distributed consensus.
Students are taught how these systems work and how to engineer secure software that interacts with the Bitcoin network and other cryptocurrencies.
3. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY
Unlike many instistution, the course is offered as an open-source undergraduate cyptocurrency course.
Berkeley extends its training beyond the university walls, as it trains both students and companies on the use and application of blockchain technology. More so, it host tech talks, developer tutorials, workshops and so on.
4. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
Princeton University offers a thrilling way the blockchain technology is taught, as students watch their lectures online and class time are used for discussion.
Topic’s such as first-generation cryptocurrencies, how Bitcoin achieves decentralization, mechanics of Bitcoin, Bitcoin as a currency, mining, anonymity, community and politics, Altcoins, Bitcoin as a platform, the future of Bitcoin etc are discussed.
5. UIVERSITY OF NICOSIA – CYPRUS
The is the first accredited university in the world to accept Bitcoin as a means of payment and also the first to offer an MSc Degree in Digital Currency.
The first course in the degree is offered as a free online MOOC.
With this course, the University of Nicosia has positioned itself as one of the leaders in Bitcoin and Blockchain technology education in the world.
6.UNIVERSIDAD EUROPEA MADRID
When you finish this course you will be able to analyze in a critical way the technical and legal viability of solutions based on blockchain technologies and to develop integral projects related to cryptocurrency amongst others.
As one of the pioneers in artificial intelligence and open-source programming, MIT is fast becoming a force to reckon with in blockchain technology through the Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative.
Through the DCI, MIT is working to push development in blockchain with research projects, papers, and support for blockchain groups, while raising awareness of the risks and potential of blockchain technology.
Founded in 1831, the New York University through its MBA program focuses on technology’s influence on finance, including analytics, artificial intelligence, and blockchain.
9. GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
In a bid to train more blockchain experts for the future, Georgetown University introduces students to the fundamentals of financial technology as well as how blockchain tech and cryptocurrency are influencing the world of finance and business.
10. DUKE UNIVERSITY
The course is structured as a collaboration between Cardozo Law (Professor Aaron Wright) and Duke Law (Professor Jeff Ward), and students from both schools will share experiences (e.g. common speakers) and resources and, where possible, work together to solve real-world, practical issues presented by blockchain deployment.
11. ROYAL MELBOURNE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
This is the first university in Australia to offer a course in blockchain technology.
RMIT in partnership with Accenture, designed this short course not only to teach students about the technology of the blockchain, but to offer assistance to professionals who are willing to learn how to use blockchain technology to grow their business.
The 8-week short course is offered mainly online.
12. IT UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN – DENMARK
This course exposes students to topics such as blockchain and distributed ledger technology, as well as an introduction to both foundations, tools, and platforms in an ever evolving world.
13. B9LAB ACADEMY
Although not a university, B9LAB -UK stands out as the world’s leading provider of blockchain education, training and talent.
Just six years old, the academy already has clients from leading global institutions to talented independent developers all over the world. It aims to demystify the field by helping decision-makers prepare for technological disruption and certifying developers to drive that change.
B9lab also offers services such as human capital development and human resources management in an advisory capacity, to help organisations find the best professionals and technologically sound individuals fit for their blockchain projects.
14. UNIVERSITY OF CUMBRIA – UK
A public university with various campuses, the university offers courses on various blockchain topics.
After this course, students will learn to effectively communicate the rationale for sustainable exchange systems to a variety of stakeholders, with a critical understanding of claims made about them.
15. UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
Students are taught to use cryptographic tools (digital signatures, hash functions, authenticated data structures) to design secure smart contract applications.
16. GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
Courses on blockchain technology are offered as a Master/PhD level course at the George Mason University.
More so, it is expected that more universities and institutions across the globe will join the above listed universities offering blockchain technology as a courses of study; this is to say the list will keep growing, as we look forward to more institutions accepting and introducing blockchain technology either as a full-time or online course of study.