Bitcoin and Blockchain Courses See Uptick at Stanford University and Other Prominent Colleges
U.S. Colleges to Offer Cryptocurrency Courses
Ten years ago, the idea of a Ph.D., or even a bachelor’s degree, in blockchain or Bitcoin would have been a fevered dream shared by only the most disconnected within the cryptocurrency community. But as participation in the cryptocurrency markets continued to climb, and institutional interest in blockchain technology became more mainstream, breeding a new generation of students interested in blockchain technology seems like it would just make sense. And for some United States schools, this has become an increasingly important objective in the computer science department.
The past two years have seen cryptocurrency and blockchain dominating the nightly news cycle. Millions of new investors have flocked to the markets in an attempt to grab onto the fleeting profits that they might offer. And even though cryptocurrency prices have floundered in the past two months, institutional interest in the development of suitable blockchain technology has never been higher. For the average educational institution, this means that the student needs to be well-versed in the budding technology that is blockchain.
For select universities, students as early as next year may be able to take courses specializing in blockchain technology. In particular, large private universities like Yale and Stanford, schools renowned for the rigor of their technological academic programs, have come out with pilot programs on the subject for new students interested in potential careers in blockchain technology following their graduation.
Blockchain Interest On The Rise
A study conducted by the exchange known as Coinbase found that, at least in the United States, colleges are becoming more and more interested in offering their own courses in cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies. Specifically, the study concluded that universities were getting into cryptocurrency because they believe that the area is an area which could be worthy of more serious academic inquiry.
The students are interested, too. The same Coinbase study concluded that nearly 25% of students might be interested in taking a course in cryptocurrency, whereas nearly 20% own cryptocurrency for themselves. With interest in both the students and the administrations of universities on the rise, it should come as no surprise that students are now getting the opportunity to experience cryptocurrency studies in academia for the first time in a long time.
Stanford Leads The Charge
For quite some time now, the Ivy League university Stanford has led the charge to adopt cryptocurrency into existing models of academic study. Integrating a variety of classes, as well as a few interdisciplinary courses including cryptocurrency studies, Stanford clocks in at over eight unique courses concerning cryptocurrency. They are followed closely by Cornell University, while the University of Pennsylvania trails behind those two at the third spot.
As blockchain continues to mature, interest in the academic merits to studying the technology will continue to become more and more obvious to universities all over the world. Though cryptocurrencies are still in a variable freefall in price, a new generation of students with the technical knowledge might just drive the industry forward again.