One indicator that a topic has become relevant, is when the schools start to consider incorporate it into their curriculum.
A good example is the social media outlets, which went from being a trending phenomenon to becoming into one of the most powerful and useful tools for different purposes, such as marketing, advertising, politics, sports, among many others.
Now is very common that schools offer degrees in social media, digital media, online communities and digital marketing among their classes.
The London School of Economics is a prestigious institution that has educated some 34 heads of state and 18 Nobel laureates, with a star-studded alumni directory that includes names like John F. Kennedy, Bertrand Russell, and Friedrich von Hayek.
And now the LSE will be lending its considerable prestige to the world of cryptoeconomics, with a new online course entitled “Cryptocurrency Investment and Disruption.”
“The exponential growth and volatility of cryptocurrencies and the distributed ledger technology underpinning them has led to a global interest in cryptoassets, ICOs and the distribution of digital wealth. Private organizations, individual investors, financial service firms, governments and regulatory bodies worldwide are taking note of this highly disruptive trend,” explained the school.
No prior qualifications are required to enroll in the class. For just £1,800 pounds anyone who completes the six-week online course gets to put the London School of Economics on their resume.
The course is headed by Dr Carsten Sørensen, Associate Professor of Information Systems and Innovation. The LSE is not the only top-notch institution to join the list of institutions offering crypto classes. Cambridge, NYU, Northwestern, Stanford, Wharton and Georgetown, have introduced crytpo courses recently.
The institution also explains about the course that “For over one hundred years, LSE’s motto has been to ‘understand the causes of things’. This online certificate course pairs practical cryptoasset knowledge with the theoretical thought leadership for which LSE is renowned.”
According to the school's description, students will learn the practical skills to interact with cryptocurrency exchanges as well as how to use wallets and evaluate the analytics of an initial coin offering (ICO). Students will also explore how cryptocurrencies and Blockchain will “share the future of money, markets, and industries” with an international group of professionals.
The University of Malta also announced a Blockchain degree that will be taught starting in October 2018.
Last February, Australian public research university RMIT launched the country’s first university course on Blockchain technology. The 8-week course, titled “Developing Blockchain Strategy,” intends to teach not only theoretical aspects of Blockchain, but also the practical skills needed to use the technology.
By Alejandro Cortés
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