Blockchain is an emerging technology with the potential to disrupt traditional business models and a wide range of industries. It is the distributed ledger technology that underpins cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. As more and more industries explore how to incorporate blockchain – from financial services to healthcare to real estate – its proponents argue that it could revolutionize the way we do global business.
When the internet was born, people used it to email one another. Things like Amazon and Uber were inconceivable. Blockchain is a revolution of similar proportions, with unexplored potential, ramifications and opportunities.David Shrier, Associate Fellow at Said Business School, University of Oxford
Blockchain was the fastest-growing skill in the U.S. freelance job market in the first two quarters of 2018. But the increasing demand for blockchain expertise far outweighs supply, resulting in a talent shortage. For blockchain to succeed in the long-term, it will require a sustainable talent pool.
Universities and colleges across the world are now reacting to the blockchain skills gap, driven by both students looking to increase their skills and big industry looking to recruit the best talent. An increasing number are introducing formal blockchain courses and degrees, following in the steps of early trend-setters like the University of Nicosia.
You need to prepare your students for the future … blockchain is not going away.Campbell Harvey, Professor of International Business, Duke University
How To Study Blockchain is a personal blog, the focus of which can be summarized in one sentence – watching the worlds of blockchain and higher education merge, as the demand for blockchain expertise increases.
How To Study Blockchain aims to track the growing efforts of global universities to train and educate the next generation of blockchain talent, as these institutions take steps to incorporate blockchain into the academic curriculum. This includes not only the introduction of blockchain-focused degrees and courses for existing students, but executive programs and certificates aimed at business professionals as well as free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that make acquiring blockchain skills accessible to all.
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