US-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has published results of its recent survey, showing that 42% of the world’s top 50 universities offer at least one course relating to blockchain or cryptocurrencies.
Who’s offering what?
Some 22% of the universities offered more than one course, with Stanford listing ten classes and Cornell nine. The National University of Singapore ranked highest of the non-US universities with five blockchain-related courses. The US universities were far more likely to offer related courses than those abroad; just 5 of the 18 non-US institutions offered such classes.
If the results were expanded to include foundational cryptography courses, 70% of all the universities included in the study offer at least one.
Universities appealing to all kinds of majors
Universities offered the courses in a number of departments including anthropology and finance, not only the expected computer sciences. And it is not just the majors that may typically be expected to apply for these types of courses interested in taking them either. Nearly half of all social science majors that Coinbase surveyed said they would be interested in taking such a class.
Inter-disciplinary interest in blockchain could be attributed to the societal impact it is having in a number of domains. Dawn Song, a computer science professor at the University of California, Berkeley said that studying the technology is particularly appealing as it can lead to ”fundamental breakthroughs in many research areas”, as well as having a profound impact on many industries and sects of society.
Campbell Harvey, a Professor of international business at Duke University said that he has seen law students particularly benefit from taking blockchain classes. ”Law students that are trained in blockchain, they don’t need to apply anywhere. People are just asking them to join their firms,” he said.
Coinbase worked alongside survey company Qriously during the study. A total of 675 US college students were surveyed and an unspecified number of professors were interviewed. 175 classes were reviews, 15% were offered by economics, finance, law and business departments and 4% coming from social science departments.
The top 50 universities were chosen according to the US News and World Report: Best Global Universities 2018.
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