March 1, 2023
5 min read

Top-ranked Universities Add Crypto Education to Curriculum Amid Rapid Industry Changes

George Chen

As the financial industry undergoes rapid changes in light of emergent cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, individuals are seeking to understand these trends to remain relevant.

Thankfully, universities worldwide have acknowledged this growing interest and are offering in-depth courses on the intricacies of cryptocurrencies. As a result, many top-ranked universities are now providing courses on cryptocurrencies to meet the surging demand for this knowledge.

Increasing demand for crypto education

The decentralised and easily accessible nature of cryptocurrencies has attracted both speculative traders and long-term investors. However, the high risk associated with investing in digital currencies has led to an increased demand for education before entering this new asset class.

Entrepreneurs, business leaders, and major corporations like IBM, Oracle, Cisco, Amazon, and Google are driving the demand for crypto education. Collaborations with educational institutions to support blockchain research and programs are now widespread.

Corporate firms were among the first to lead this trend, prompting institutions such as the Sam M. Walton College of Business to prioritise private blockchain courses. However, due to changing market dynamics, the curriculum has now expanded to cover public blockchains. 

Since then, prestigious universities worldwide have joined the trend, including The National University of Singapore, Cornell University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The University of Nicosia, and The EU Business School. These institutions recognise the growing importance of blockchain technology and the need to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate this emerging field.

Cornell: a leader in crypto education. Source: Cornell Blockchain

What do crypto courses offer

Major universities offer crypto courses at various levels, allowing students from different academic backgrounds to join them. 

For beginners, courses cover the basics of obtaining and transacting with cryptocurrencies, as well as topics such as crypto mining, regulation, taxation, and safety measures for using custodial and noncustodial wallets. These courses also teach students how to avoid scams, a critical skill in the constantly evolving landscape of digital assets.

Advanced courses delve deeper into the complexities of the crypto market, with a focus on risk management strategies and technical analysis. These courses enable learners to gain a comprehensive understanding of the underlying mechanics of the market and avoid significant losses.

In some cases, programs integrate across departments to provide students with a holistic understanding of blockchain technology and its various applications. Practical opportunities are also available to students, allowing them to apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios and gain hands-on experience.

Empowering the next generation

As the crypto market continues to grow and evolve, demand for professionals who understand its underlying technology — as well as market trends and risk management — will increase.

Universities will naturally play a pivotal role in meeting this demand by providing access to high-quality crypto education. They will equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel, and subsequently, empower the next generation of experts who will drive innovation in this thriving space.

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