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An Education in Blockchain: Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders

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Spare a thought for those blockchain pioneers, the ones who trawled through forums, chased whispers, and self-taught themselves this new, cryptographic technology. 

Now, understand how lucky the next generation of tech leaders are. After a study from Coinbase was published earlier this week on academic interest in Blockchain technology, it is easy to get excited about the future of this space.

The study looked at the top 50 ranked universities across the world and found that 56 percent have blockchain or crypto classes available. To some, especially those who still have anxiety of an exam hall, these figures may be inconsequential, but like a lot of things in the nascent space – it is about looking to the future. 

Picture it now: students – a new generation – picking their classes fresh out of school have the choice to go with blockchain technology as a subject. Sitting alongside Management, Economics, ICT, Informations Systems, Politics, Sociology will be blockchain and crypto – and even more noteworthy is that this new subject can encompass all the others previously mentioned. 

So, not only is blockchain technology a good thing for students to be studying in terms of shaping the next technological revolution, but it is a subject that will enhance the overall outcome of a student’s time at a top university. 

The more considerable implications for these students who start to dedicate their time and studies to the new technology is a more formalistic approach to the technology. It began as an anarchistic tirade against the banks and institutions, but its continued success rests in its power to improve. 

Students will be learning, in a systematic way, how the blockchain can be used, grown, implemented and studied to a set syllabus; all the while, its innovation, and free-spirit can also be nurtured and expanded as students move through their journey in this dynamic space.

People will spout off about Bitcoin ETFs and SEC regulations being the holy grail for the cryptocurrency and blockchain space. But it is now. It is the future leaders of this space who are being afforded top education in a new industry in order to be the pioneers of the next technological revolution.

The future of blockchain does not rest with those who are in a position of power in the industry currently – those people have just put it on the map. The future will rest in the next generation who will find means and ways of implementing and extending it that we are yet to even conceive of yet. 

Darryn Pollock
Darryn has been interested in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space since he heard about Bitcoin in 2015. He then decided to use his journalism degree to report on this fascinating fintech space in 2016, and has not looked back since.

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