In response to rising interest from students, CoinDesk has compiled a list of top ten universities in the United States that have invested heavily in developing curricula and resources around blockchain technology.
According to an analysis by the news site specializing in bitcoin and digital currencies, Stanford University in California is the best place to learn about blockchain technology.
Interdisciplinary courses like “Digital Currency and Cybercrime” have allowed students from Stanford’s law, business, and computer science schools to collaboratively study the subject, Coindesk says.
Stanford’s faculty include well-known professionals in the industry such as Kathryn Haun, a former federal prosecutor and now general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, Susan Athey, a world-renowned economist, and Balaji Srinivasan, the former CEO of Earn.com.
Coindesk also notes that Stanford has attracted significant investments from the blockchain technology industry. The Ethereum foundation and others funded the Stanford Center for Blockchain Research.
University of California, Berkeley, is ranked second in the list. As the only public school in the top ten, UC Berkeley demonstrates that universities can stay at forefront of emerging technologies without charging high tuition fees. One of the top engineering schools in the country, UC Berkeley offers several high-level computer science courses on the subject.
The school also offers interdisciplinary education with courses like “Blockchain, Cryptoeconomics, and the Future of Technology, Business and Law.”
UC Berkeley has a student organization called “Blockchain at Berkeley,” which educates and builds products, and performs paid consulting work for major companies like Airbus and Qualcomm. Berkeley’s law and business schools also boast their own blockchain related clubs.
Third ranked New York University was one of the first schools to offer a blockchain related course in the US. It boasts some of the best extracurriculars for blockchain too. NYU held the first university supported bitcoin hackathon in 2014. It also has a Blockchain Lab and a Blockchain Digital Asset Forum.
Other educational institutions in the top ten which offer high-in-demand blockchain courses are Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Duke University, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Pennsylvania.
by Joji Xavier
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