Best Universities for Blockchain 2022: Tsinghua University

Ranked No. 6, Asia’s top university overall has built a formidable academic reputation in blockchain and fintech. This story is part of CoinDesk's Education Week.

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China's Tsinghua University is Asia’s top-ranked in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Global University rankings, which ranks its computer science department the best in the world, ahead of Stanford University’s. With an award-winning information science faculty, motivated crypto-curious students and impressive research credentials, Tsinghua is No. 6 in the CoinDesk Best Universities for Blockchain 2022.

This piece is part of CoinDesk's Education Week

2022 Rank
(+/- 2021)
University Name
6 (up 2)
Tsinghua University
Asia & Pacific

From an academic perspective, Tsinghua has a significant scholarly impact; its professors are the first author – indicating they contributed the most work – of 72 articles published from 2018 to 2021, with 186 blockchain research papers. The Research Center for Digital Financial Assets – one of four blockchain-related research centers at Tsinghua – aims to cultivate the innovation of digital financial assets in enterprises and build the regulatory framework for digital financial assets.

Located in Beijing, Tsinghua has two master's degree programs with a fintech concentration and an undergraduate degree program with a fintech and entrepreneurship minor that is related to blockchain.

Students play an essential role in blockchain development at Tsinghua. THUBA DAO, a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) initiated by the Tsinghua University Student Blockchain Association, organizes many campus events that give students a taste of what blockchain technology is like in the real world.

This August it held its first Twitter AMA event with Uniswap Labs, the company behind Ethereum-based decentralized exchange Uniswap. That same month, THUBA DAO held a global hackathon, sponsored by some Web3 household names, including the Polygon blockchain and protocol Algorand.

Tsinghua alumni have their hand in lots of leading blockchain projects. Conflux Network, which identifies itself as the only state-endorsed blockchain company in China, was founded in 2018 based on the Tree-Graph consensus algorithm developed in the research lab of Turing Award recipient Dr. Andrew Yao, a professor and the Dean of Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences at Tsinghua University.


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Xinyi Luo

Xinyi Luo is CoinDesk Layer 2's features and opinion intern. She does not currently hold any cryptocurrencies.

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