The increasing demand for blockchain skills from various sectors makes blockchain an attractive subject and urges universities to add blockchain to their course list. To this end, several universities have already launched blockchain courses. We have put together a list of universities where you can learn about blockchain technology and Bitcoin, and make yourself more marketable in the eyes of potential employers.
Universities That Offer Blockchain Courses
1. New York University (NYU) – USA
In 2014 New York University started offering blockchain classes, the first course opened was “The Law and Business of Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies.” This course is still available and explains Bitcoin and other alternative payments mechanisms. NYU students can also sign up for “Digital Currency: Revolution in Money and Payments?” This course introduces participants to digital currencies and emerging mobile payment systems.
2. Duke University – USA
Duke University, situated in Durham County of North Carolina, also offers blockchain courses. Its pioneer cryptocurrency course “Innovation, Disruption and Cryptoventures” does not simply explore transactions in Bitcoin. The idea of the course is to understand a disruptive technology and to assess its implications on how business will be conducted in the future.
3. Princeton University – USA
New Jersey’s Princeton University offers a blockchain related course called “Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies.” This online course offered via Coursera and addresses important questions about Bitcoin. If you are interested in knowing answers to following questions, we recommend considering it: How does Bitcoin work? What makes Bitcoin different? How secure are your Bitcoins? How anonymous are Bitcoin users? What determines the price of Bitcoins? Can cryptocurrencies be regulated? What might the future hold?
4. Stanford University – USA
Stanford University offers a special course about blockchain called Bitcoin Engineering. It focuses on studying how to produce Bitcoin-enabled applications. You will be able to get a grasp of a well-developed introduction to Bitcoin as well as Bitcoin enabled computing.
5. University of California-Berkeley – USA
This university offers an open-source undergraduate cryptocurrency course for their students. At the same time, Berkeley students run organisation organises crypto meetups and host talks, developer tutorials, workshops and more. Moreover, the organisation builds side projects and conducts research using cutting-edge blockchain and crypto technologies.
6. Cyprus’ University of Nicosia – Cyprus
University of Nicosia is the largest independent university of Cyprus and it offers the first Master of Science degree in Digital Currency available online. The first course in the degree “Introduction to Digital Currencies” is offered for free as an open enrolment MOOC course to anyone interested in learning about the fundamental principles of digital currency. It is taught by renowned Bitcoin experts Andreas Antonopoulos and Antonis Polemitis and includes 12 live online sessions.
7. University of Cumbria – UK
This university launched a free Master-level online course that focuses on the future of money. During the course, students reportedly explore the assumption somewhat prevalent in the Bitcoin community that money is best understood as an asset with an intrinsic value.
8. IT University of Copenhagen – Denmark
15-18 August 2017, IT University of Copenhagen is organising Blockchain Summer School. This first ever blockchain summer school will focus on educating students in the blockchain technology to be able to develop solutions within three focal industries. The participants will learn how blockchain technology is disrupting existing business models and will gain insights in paradigmatic changes occurring from economic, organisational and computer science viewpoints.
9. Blockchain University – USA
Blockchain University situated in California combines robust academic instruction led by the most influential minds in the blockchain ecosystem with solution oriented design thinking and hands-on training. The university offers blockchain technology education for developers, managers and entrepreneurs.
10. B9 Lab Academy – UK
B9 Lab Academy offers blockchain courses for technical executives and analysts. The courses are aimed at experienced technical stakeholders introducing everything needed to understand the technology, smart contracts and both technical and social frameworks relating to the technology.
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A few more universities that offer blockchain courses have been suggested by our readers:
11. George Mason University offers a master/phd level course “Blockchain Technologies”
12. University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign offers the following course: “Cryptocurrency Security”
13. Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a course called “Shared public ledgers, cryptocurrencies”
14. Blockchain Training Alliance currently train students in Blockchain, Ethereum and Hyperledger. The classes are all instructor-lead and are a combination of 50% lecture and 50% lab taught in Blockchain Training Alliance classrooms or the customer location. They have recently partnered up with Pearson VUE, the global leader in computer-based testing, to deliver the first global blockchain certifications for blockchain software developers and architects.
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