The University of Basel has recognized the achievements of Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin by awarding him an honorary Ph.D. for his contributions to the field of cryptocurrencies, smart contracts and the design of institutions.
Sharing the announcement on Twitter, the doctorate has been granted by the Faculty of Business and Economics.
.@VitalikButerin receives an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Basel. The co-founder of @ethereum has made outstanding achievements in the fields of #cryptocurrencies, smart contracts and the design of institutions. pic.twitter.com/6d6ftTG56n
— University of Basel (@UniBasel_en) November 30, 2018
Buterin joins the alumni alongside the likes of renowned psychiatrist Carl Jung and philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.
The university praised him further in the Tweet, saying: ”he is an exceptionally creative and innovative thinker who has been instrumental in shaping the digital revolution from an early age.”
Buterin reportedly responded to the university in praise of its ”innovative blockchain research.”
„I’m honored to have received an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel the oldest
University of Switzerland. Switzerland is well known for its innovative blockchain research.”
Vitalik Buterin #DrButerin #Ethereum @cifunibas @TuurDemeester @aleksanderbere pic.twitter.com/G42GH1HebL
— Aleksander Berentsen (@aleksanderbere) November 30, 2018
As the academic world catches up with tech, more institutions have been including blockchain research in their agenda and more industry experts have begun to receive accolades.
Last month Monero cryptographer Joseph Liu received the prestigious Australian Computer Society’s researcher of the year award for his contributions to digital currency.
Liu is also an associate professor at Monash University, where he was congratulated and praised for his ”legitimate way [of creating] new economic and social systems.”
A recent study by Coinbase shows how popular blockchain courses are becoming for the university prospectus, particularly in the US. Nearly half of the world’s top universities offer related modules, including eight out of the top ten.
The University of Nicosia is at the top of the game when it comes to blockchain in higher education. It was both the first university in the world to offer formal education in blockchain and digital currency and the only one of its kind to offer a dedicated Masters of Science in Digital Currency.
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