A recent 2019 research by Coinbase, a major cryptocurrency trading platform, which looked at the world’s top 50 universities has found that 56 percent have a blockchain or crypto class available.
This is an increase from 42 percent in 2018.
The survey also found that there has been a 6 percent rise in interest in crypto and blockchain coursework among students aged 16 and older.
- 56% of the world’s top 50 universities, both within and a few outside the U.S. now offer at least one course on crypto or blockchain – up from 42% in 2018
- 18% or twice as many students reported to have taken a crypto / blockchain course compared to 2018
- 70% of crypto and blockchain classes are in departments outside traditional computer science label such as law, economics, engineering, and the humanities
- Cornell University tops the list of the 50 institutions in the survey.
It is quite interesting just how many students outside computer science departments are taking these courses.
According to Cornell University:
“20 to 30 percent of the students interested in these courses are from computer science, and the rest are from all across campus. There is a ton of interest from the business school, the hotel management school, the medical school, even the agriculture school.
We’ve had so many professors reach out to learn more about blockchain and see how it applies to their field. It’s really cool to be part of a community where there’s so much engagement.”
Interest in blockchain among academia across Africa is also on the rise. Short blockchain courses at the University of Nairobi have been suggested and Centonomy, a renowned finance and wealth management institution in Kenya, has already committed to start offering blockchain courses soon.