Report: Blockchain Activity at Top Universities Increased Since 2018 (
New research by major cryptocurrency trading platform Coinbase shows that 56% of the top 50 universities in the world offer one or more classes on cryptocurrency or blockchain tech.

Metrics indicate growing interest

Coinbase shared its research in an official blog post on Aug. 28 in which it used rankings from US News and World Report for its list of the top 50 universities. This included both undergraduate and graduate level offerings. 

The research found that twice as many students took blockchain or crypto courses when compared to last year and that many top universities also have a student-run clubs related to blockchain technology or cryptocurrencies. Blockchain and cryptocurrency related course offerings are up from 42% of the top 50 universities in 2018.

db031a959b945a8c9ad25a6650ea065c.pngSelected survey results. Source: Coinbase

Types of blockchain education

Coinbase also reported that approximately 70% of the top 50 universities offered crypto and blockchain courses external to their computer science departments in areas like law, the humanities and economics. Computer Science is still the most common area, containing 32.2% of the blockchain- and crypto-related course offerings. One Cornell alumnus said:

“We’ve had so many professors reach out to 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.”

As previously reported by Cointelegraph, Ripple’s head of social impact Ken Weber recently said that he believes the blockchain and digital assets space needs more practical, training-focused courses from universities. He wrote:

“Currently, over 40% of the world’s top 50 universities already offer at least one class on blockchain or crypto assets. But this is tied to different disciplines such as law, engineering, mathematics and business administration. To truly close the skills gap, universities around the world must expand these programmes to offer blockchain and crypto-asset training courses that directly relate to roles in industry.”
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    Kristal Saints Content Creator at Cristal Saints As an increasing number of organizations across various industries see the potential blockchain technology provides in creating solutions like app building, the grand improvement in (loT), identification procedures, speeding up AI just to name a few is a clear indication that the number of blockchain jobs and opportunities will skyrocket each passing year. There’s much to learn on Blockchain, we are at the beginning of exploring and unlocking its full value, an array of possibilities are still at hand so the more people get involved and have a demand to know more about it the more education offers will be available.
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    Jakobo Gimeno This is just the beginning, just like how people started learning web design/web development when the internet became mainstream there will be a time when the blockchain technology will be mainstream and everyone will be learning about it. However, just like those who had a head start because they knew how to web design/web development before the internet exploded these students who are interested in Blockchain now will be ahead of the curve.
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    Francisco Gimeno - BC Analyst New technologies follow a path to global recognition, which include the early inclusion into universities as worthy to be studied, researched and practiced. The increase of blockchain related studies in the education field strongly indicates the global interest. We also agree with the author the these studies should focus more on real use cases.