Cornell University Is Top of the Class for Crypto and Blockchain Education
In addition to offering the most industry-related courses, Cornell University is also actively exploring the implementation of blockchain technology and even working on a Bitcoin rival.
In order to truly understand something, you need to research it. Thats why some of us go to college or university. We want to study a subject so that when we get a job in that field, we actually know what were talking about.
This could be especially true for technologies that the rest of the world is just waking up to, like Bitcoin and blockchain. While they may have started grabbing major headlines in 2017, theyve been around for nearly 10 years and are continuing to grow. Its not surprising then that students want to learn more about the future of technology.
Universities have been offering courses for a few years now. In fact, Live Bitcoin News recently reported that a whopping 42% of universities all around the world offer at least one course on virtual currencies and blockchain. However, according to research from Coinbase and Qriously, one institution seems to be top of the class when it comes to the number of courses offered.
Cornell for the Win
Cornell University in the U.S. city of Ithaca, New York, offers an impressive 28 courses, the highest number compared to 50 of the worlds top universities. According to The Cornell Daily Sun, some of these courses include Cryptography; Introduction to Blockchains, Cryptocurrencies, and Smart Contracts; and Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts.
Prof. Greg Morrisett, who is the dean of the computing and information sciences department, explained how he believes this technology will impact the future, saying:
I think everyone is a bit wary around all of the hype. But there really is interesting science and technology that underlies this field, and many folks believe that this will have a transformative effect on business and the economy.
He used the following example when trying to convey the security and automation that blockchain provides, stating:
Imagine that you wanted to buy insurance in case a flight gets canceled out of Ithaca. You could use blockchain-based contracts to set up a scheme with someone you dont even know or trust, and regardless, you would get paid automatically if the flight was canceled.
These courses are not just half full either. Prof. Ari Juels of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech said that his two classes had full enrollments, showing that the courses were very popular.
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