Fueled by donations, universities are building blockchain curricula and research centers to educate the next generation of software developers, business executives and consumers. While elite schools such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been leading the pack – its "Blockchain and Money" course had been taught since 2014 by then-professor Gary Gensler, who in 2021 became the chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – the movement has broadened. Last month, for example, the University of Cincinnati announced that a recent donation has enabled the launch of two blockchain programs and a lab to begin this fall at its Carl H. Lindner College of Business.
Against this backdrop, CoinDesk is kicking off its third annual Best Universities for Blockchain ranking. We are seeking nominations for any university with blockchain courses, faculty, clubs, conferences or research. How much has the growing interest in cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens entered the college campus? CoinDesk has been tracking university blockchain activity since 2020. We will be scoring schools worldwide for their scholarly impact, campus blockchain offerings, employment and industry outcomes and other measures.
Tracking innovation among the more than 25,000 universities in the world is a pursuit of the many. CoinDesk appreciates informed nominations. Each school that completes a nomination form (can be a composite of multiple partial submissions) will receive two tickets to attend Consensus 2023 in person or 10 tickets to attend it online. Nominations are due by Aug. 15, 2022.
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