As many of our readers might already know, blockchain-oriented educational courses are now being offered by a large number of prestigious institutions across the globe. This is because, since 2016, the interest in crypto and blockchain tech has surged exponentially (thereby forcing universities like Stanford, RMIT to offer niche courses oriented around cryptocurrencies).
With this in mind, it is now worth noting that the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has also entered the fray and is now providing its students with a unique blockchain-centered engineering course.
UCLA Joins In On The Fun
In the past, UCLA has been responsible for organizing a wide array of blockchain and cryptocurrency related seminars through its Anderson School of Management. However, as mentioned above, the prestigious institution is now all set to commence its first technical blockchain programming course (this coming January).
The course is being offered as a 4-credit special topic and is open to students of electrical and computer engineering as well as those pursuing various computer science streams.
In terms of what the course will entail, the official UCLA website states that students will be taught about a host of different topics such as blockchain deployment and design, Ethereum, decentralized apps (dApps), crypto tokens, smart contracts, hash functions etc.
More On The Matter
The course is going to be presided over by esteemed educationist, John D. Villasenor, in conjunction with assistants Jason Huan and Andrew Battat— both of whom have actively participated in a number of blockchain related workshops via a student organization known as ‘Blockchain at UCLA’.
Also worth mentioning is the fact that this venture has been sponsored by a crypto-tech firm called ‘Mousebelt’. In regards to his company’s latest move, Patrick McLain, Chief Operations Officer at MouseBelt, was quoted as saying:
“While the market is scary right now, we believe the future is bright. No better way to invest in the future than investing in the youth. For us, this is only the beginning of building the bright future ahead through our University Program.”
While registrations for the course have only just commenced, a spokesperson for Mousebelt claims that a majority of the available seats have already filled up. It now remains to be seen how fruitful this entire exercise turns out for the students as well as the university.