A new Coinbase survey indicates that the number of students interested in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology is on the rise. The survey conducted on 675 US students showed that students across all majors have an interest in the blockchain technology, some of them own cryptocurrencies, and some of them have signed up for classes on this novel concept. Alongside the survey, Coinbase also studied top 50 universities of the world, ranked by U.S News and World Report, and found that 42% of top 50 universities offered at least one course on cryptocurrency or Blockchain.
According to the Coinbase research, more students are expressing interest in crypto or blockchain related courses. The survey found that classes were organized across all branches of study even anthropology. “ Nearly half of all social science majors expressed interest in taking a crypto class,” according to the blog.
This widespread interest owes to the fact that blockchain and its innovations are impacting all industries of the world. “Blockchain combines theory and practice and can lead to fundamental breakthroughs in many research areas. It can have really profound and broad-scale impacts on society in many different industries,” says Dawn Song, a computer science professor at University of California, Berkeley. Also, the job market related to blockchain and cryptocurrencies is showing a huge demand for fresh talent which prods more students into taking up a blockchain course.
The survey results focused on the fact that 42% of the top 50 universities offered at least one cryptocurrency or blockchain related course and 22% offered more than one. If one considers the ‘longstanding foundational classes on cryptography’ then 70 % of universities offer at least one crypto-related class. Only five of the 18 international universities on the list offered at least one crypto-related class implying that the technology is more popular in the U.S.
The survey also stated that universities are adding more programs centered around blockchain to meet the rising demand of students opting for blockchain courses. “Universities are forming research centers and adding more crypto-related courses, in part to meet rising demand and also because they now see cryptocurrency as an area worthy of serious academic study,” read the blog. Cornell University offers the highest number of blockchain related courses according to the survey.
“It’s exciting to see widespread interest in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology taking off in the global academic community, including students attending the top universities in the world. That’s one of the reasons we’re focused on building partnerships with underrepresented student groups across college campuses, and we look forward to expanding these efforts in the spring,” said Nat McGrath, vice president of people at Coinbase, according to a Coindesk report.
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