The “blockchain island” of Malta based in the Mediterranean is making the cryptocurrency news today. As you probably know, the country of Malta (European Union) has a government authority to certify distributed ledger platforms as well as regulations to manage smart contracts and a framework for launching ICOs. What’s new for the country are the blockchain Masters university program that was recently launched.
The University of Malta’s Masters Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) recently began its inauguration semester this October. There were around 35 students enrolled in the island nation’s only DLT-specific program – and one of the very few such university programs around the world.
This is the latest charge in Malta’s islandwide embrace of crypto – and it seems like the blockchain Masters University program is well accepted by the community in the nation as well as from countries outside it.
As we previously reported in our blockchain news when talking about Malta, in April 2017 the Prime Minister of the country Joseph Muscat unveiled the early plans for the country to become a “global trail-blazer” in blockchain technology. His plans stood in stark contrast to most world governments’ and their reactions to DLT. Many of them were lagging on how to proceed.
In less than a year, the plan was paying dividends and crypto firms were coming ashore with more businesses being open on the way. The director of the Masters Program, Joshue Ellul, who also heads Malta’s Digital Innovation Authority, spoke to news portals and said that in addition to the 15 companies who have already reached out to his DLT students, there is a high demand for the blockchain Masters University program as well as similar projects and initiatives.
“And this year, here you are,” Ellul told a crowd of students at Malta’s annual DELTA Summit, where, on Oct. 3, he kicked off the University of Malta’s DLT Masters program. “The future Blockchain and DLT specialists – who will lead and drive the Blockchain Island forward.”
He also noted that plenty of jobs are looking for highly trained applicants who are “fluent in blockchain.” This is why the government is looking forward to drive the blockchain adoption on the country and stimulate the young students to start learning more about the technology behind cryptocurrencies.
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