The University of Pennsylvania has become the latest prestigious university to join a growing list either launching into blockchain or cryptocurrency via education centers and course.

Students will now be able to participate in an online program on financial technologies, including digital currencies at the university’s Wharton School. The new course, Fintech: Foundations and Applications of Financial Technologies, covers crypto essentials including DLT and crowdfunding and other related topics.

US Ivy League Universities have been in the crypto news over the past year with both Columbia and Stanford opening blockchain research centers in 2018, hot on the trails of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Add to these, Miami University in Ohio, Montclair State University, and now the University of Pennsylvania’s online course amongst others, and the direction of blockchain education in the US is very clear; there is no way but up.

Wharton online director Anne Trumbore, who formed the research project Stevens Center targeting fintech, said that the university was keen to add cryptocurrency as part of its holistic attitude to fintech. As part of the new online course, Penn students will be able to benefit from access to speakers from within the industry, such as payment processor Square, as well as university lecturers.

It is not just universities now taking an interest in the industry. For many, the main route into the burgeoning fintech space has now become via a growing range of courses being offered by business schools around the world. Courses are now on offer from far and wide whether it be in the Scottish Highlands or in sunny Cyprus.

 

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