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Originally, blockchain was best known as a technology for nerds, largely because of its association with the cryptocurrency, bitcoin. Many thought blockchain and bitcoin had no differences. Fast forward to today, and the story about blockchain is different. Previous misconceptions about the technology are gradually disappearing. Blockchain has entered government halls, discussed during parliamentary sittings, talked about in corporate meetings, and has now entered the classroom. Universities are creating blockchain courses, some are instituting blockchain scholarships, and others are busy designing curriculum for the technology.
Today, the number of blockchain courses rolled out by universities is increasing. Cornell University has the Cornell Blockchain program that provides education and certification for students and corporate clients. The Blockchain at Berkeley at the University of California Berkeley teaches blockchain – from cryptography to cryptocurrencies and from blocks of data to the blockchain. The University of Nicosia in Cyprus was the first university to offer full graduate-level programs in digital currencies and blockchain and was the first university to accept bitcoin as payment for tuition. Other notable educational institutions that have established blockchain education are Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in China, MIT, Stanford University, NYU, Princeton University, RMIT, and many others.
The introduction of these blockchain courses and student-led labs around the world is as a result of a rise in the need for blockchain talent. Many companies are yearning to have an in-house blockchain team, individual developers are keen on learning how to code and program decentralized systems, and business executives are eager to add blockchain to their consultancy services in order to stay current.
The fact that large institutions are designing and teaching blockchain courses show that the technology has moved into the mainstream. As the supply reaches a point where companies and governments can now acquire much-needed talent, blockchain will not just be a household name but will live up to the expectations many blockchain enthusiasts, cryptographers, and crypto fans hold for technology.