Cryptocurrency trading platform Coinbase brought to light new researchhighlighting 56% of the top 50 universities now offering one or more classes on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. The study was shared through their official blog post, which was based on the current rankings published on US News and World Report, inclusive of both undergraduate/ graduate programs.
Their research equally suggested that double the number of students undertook blockchain or crypto programs in contrast to the previous year. Moreover, these universities encourage student-run clubs related to blockchain and cryptocurrency technology; 42% of these top universities are offering these opportunities.
While computer science remains the most selected course, 70% of these top 50 universities offered blockchain and cryptocurrency courses outside of this course. An alumnus from Cornell stated:
“WE’VE HAD SO MANY PROFESSORS REACH OUT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BLOCKCHAIN AND SEE HOW IT APPLIES TO THEIR FIELD. IT’S REALLY COOL TO BE PART OF A COMMUNITY WHERE THERE’S SO MUCH ENGAGEMENT.”
Ripple’s head of social impact, Ken Weber points out that the blockchain and digital asset space needs more finetuning:
“To truly close the skills gap, universities around the world must expand these programs to offer blockchain and crypto-asset training courses that directly relate to roles in industry.”