In an effort to bridge the current gap between blockchain demand for expertise and existing supply, IBM has partnered with the University of Louisville to launch a blockchain skills academy.

The IBM Skills Academy aims to train the next generation of technology workers in Kentucky state, USA, delivering a curriculum built out of eight emerging and developing technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet-of-Things (IoT), cybersecurity and not least of all, blockchain.

A recent Hard Fork report notes IBM as one of the top blockchain employers worldwide, and students will take heart in this pioneering form, even if this is the first academy of its kind with an institute of higher learning. While students attending courses there will gain credits towards graduation, an IBM certification is the attractive offer, with staff members also taught about emerging technologies.

The official statement from IBM also hints that more such deals are along in the pipeline, with at least four other universities holding talks with the global tech giant.

A Coinbase report from 2018 concluded that only two of the world’s top 10 universities had yet to offer a blockchain education course, and this University of Loiusville ensures that most of these universities continue to be from the US.


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