Canada’s University Of British Columbia Starts New Blockchain Course For Master’s And PhD Students
The University Of British Columbia To Offer A Blockchain Course For Master’s And Ph.D. Students
The University of British Columbia (UBC), one of the top universities in the world has recently revealed that they will be launching Canada's first blockchain and distributed ledger technology training path for graduate students. The aim of this program will be to train master's and Ph.D. students which in turn will help with the scaling of blockchain and DLT programs in the country.
Victoria Lemieux, UBC iSchool associate professor and [email protected] cluster lead said:
“As the country's first graduate blockchain learning path, the initiative is transformative to the blockchain sector in Canada and beyond. The initiative will allow students to develop the skills around emerging technologies that are in high demand as well as drive economic growth as graduates fill the void in the industry.”
The university is going to focus on four primary sectors, namely, health and wellness, clean energy, regulatory technology, and Indigenous issues. The scale of this project is relatively small as it has only the capacity to train 139 students in the next 6 years. The university has also collaborated with 15 industry partners for their students to do internships in.
Notably, Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. will be their flagship partner. Uli Brödl, vice president, medical and regulatory affairs, of the company said:
“We are proud to be part of a collaboration that is considered to be the first in Canada offering multidisciplinary graduate education in blockchain technology, developing the next generation of innovators. This collaboration will allow us to grow the knowledge base and expertise of scientists to leverage the value of blockchain technology in healthcare.”
It is actually expected of UBC to have launched this trailblazing initiative as way back in 2014 they had launched the BTC club with a goal to “provide an environment where bitcoin-related ideas, projects, programs, events, and businesses can be studied and grown.”