Increase academic interest per cryptocurrency course.

A study recently conducted by the Coinbase exchange house in association with the market research company Qriously revealed a growing interest of youth in courses related to the cryptocurrency ecosystem, whose academic offer has taken a significant boost in colleges and universities of all the world.

According to the report, students’ interest in studying related to the crypto world doubled compared to the data collected by Coinbase in 2018 in the same field of study.

This year 18% of the students surveyed reported having taken at least one course related to cryptocurrencies, while in 2018 there was only one participation in the courses, of 9% of the respondents.

The student interest has had an academic response, given that 56% of the 50 best universities in the world offer at least one course on the crypto ecosystem, compared with 42% that launched the survey in 2018.

The research included a survey of 735 American students, over 16 years of age, who were consulted about their ideas about the cryptocurrency ecosystem. A complete review of the courses on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology at 50 international universities, as well as interviews with professors and students was also contemplated.

“As part of our second annual study, we expand our methodology to analyze a wider set of determining factors. To assess the current landscape of cryptocurrency in higher education, Coinbase reviewed the course catalogs of the 50 best universities in the world according to the US News and World Report ranking. Our study focused on the classes available for undergraduate and graduate students in 2019, for which information was available online.”

Considering that the classes hardly represent part of a university’s commitment to this field, this year the Coinbase study also carried out an analysis of the offers not related to the courses or subjects included in the study plan, but also evaluated the official initiatives of research and cryptocurrency clubs run by students. He also followed up on the research appointments related to the distributed accounting systems of 50 schools of the best universities in the world.

That’s how he discovered that the top 10 schools on the list – which in the United States include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of New York, Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley – have a deep commitment to learning related to the world of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain, both at the level of students and teachers.

Cornell University in New York, for example, offers 14 courses on cryptocurrencies and / or blockchain (more than the 9 that were in 2018) and its IC3 group brings together researchers from the best universities around the world.

Much of the academic initiatives around cryptocurrencies are developed in computer faculties and schools or in the financial area, but these courses progressively attract the interest of other academic areas such as Law, Humanities, Management or History. Almost 70 percent of cryptocurrency courses are taught in academic areas outside the computer departments.

The Coinbase report mentions the educational options that are available in the best universities in the world, including online courses such as the Sloan School of Management at MIT. This is a six-week course for professionals, as well as the one taught at UC Berkeley that offers an online class called Blockchain Fundamentals through the edX online learning center (which also offers classes on the theme created by the Foundation LINUX)

Other sites, such as Udemy, Coursera and Udacity, offer a series of courses, including the Udacity “Become a Blockchain Developer” nanograduate program, taught by experts working in this field, and the Coursera “Fintech Specialization” course, created and taught by professors of the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.

Other alternatives also mention the initiative of the University of California-Berkeley, which has been offering a popular course called “Blockchain, Cryptoeconomics, and the Future of Technology, Business and Law.” The university offers the course as a collaboration of three separate departments: engineering, business and law schools.

Another training option in the area is the one offered by the National University of Singapore, where business students studying “Financial Regulation in a Digital Age” can learn about how technological developments – including the blockchain – they are transforming finances and regulatory issues that need to be addressed to maximize potential.

In addition, Stanford Law students enroll in “Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies: Law, Economy, Business and Politics” to study legal and regulatory structures with particular emphasis on securities regulation.

On the other hand, students of Sociology at Stanford are exploring the potential of the blockchain to create a fairer economic system in a class called “Justice + Poverty Innovation,” where students learn how to use emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence. and the blockchain as solutions applied to problems related to housing, medicines and debts.

Entrepreneurship without Borders, a course at the Sloane School of Management at MIT, guides students through the creation of new global ventures, with a special focus on blockchain technology.

And this fall, the MIT Digital Currency Initiative (DCI), as part of the multimedia lab, has joined the Harvard Law School to offer a crypto class that will bring together a wide variety of academics.

In Latin America, many specialization and postgraduate initiatives emerged in the areas of blockchain and cryptocurrencies from 2018, especially in Spanish universities. There is also a current offer of graduates in cryptocurrencies and blockchains, in the academic offer of Latin American universities.


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