The California University at Santa Barbara (UCSB) recently concluded the first accredited course which was focused on exploring blockchain and DLT technologies. The course was taught as a computer science class through the College of Creative Studies and was in the cryptocurrency news when it was first announced.
Moreover, the course was designed as a response to requests from the Blockchain Acceleration Foundation (BAF) which is a nonprofit organization composed of students, professors, blockchain advocates and interested individuals who want to foster the adoption of blockchain technology.
The co-founder at this California University UCSB and the president at the Blockchain Acceleration Foundation, Cameron Dennis, spoke about the rising popularity on college campuses, students at UCSB had no opportunities to learn about the emerging technology outside of Blockchain at UCSB meetings. After the course finished, numerous students got the chance to learn more about DLT technologies and he confidently said that he was able to convince the university that a computer science course focused on blockchain was needed.
“My goal with this course was to teach radically-curious computer science students about compelling blockchain use-cases that can disrupt society’s most entrenched institutions while revolutionizing corporate governance,” Dennis noted.
As the latest blockchain news show, the importance of the distributed ledger technology (DLT) known as blockchain is increasing all around the world. According to the recent 2nd Annual Coinbase Report, even 56% of the world’s top 50 universities now offer at least one course on crypto or blockchain.
The report featured in the Coinbase news also showed that this is an increase of 42% which shows big interest for crypto – and twice as many students in 2019 have taken a crypto or blockchain course this year versus 2018. And while computer science classes most commonly focus on blockchain (around 32% of them do), finance, business and economic classes are also teaching courses on blockchain.
According to many experts, it is important for universities all around the world to start offering accredited blockchain courses as the technology becomes more mainstream. They even say that blockchain projects have the potential of transforming many industries and addressing the important issues of our time.
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