A recent study conducted by Coinbase shows that university students have demonstrated a keen interest in taking courses related to blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, in addition to roughly 18% stating they own at least some cryptocurrency.
The nationwide survey, which was completed by 675 students, shows that 21 of the top 50 universities in the United States, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, now offer one course on blockchain technology or cryptocurrency. At the moment, at least 11 universities offer more than one course on the topics.
Top universities like Cornell, Stanford and Georgetown have been increasing their blockchain research opportunities to accommodate the sudden uptick in demand. At New York University, Stern School of Business professor David Termack has stated that his blockchain course will be available during both semesters, according to the study, which stands as the most demand a class about decentralized networks has received at the university.
The first session of the course began in 2014 and welcomed only 35 students. By the spring of 2018, the blockchain-based course saw 280 students enroll. Of these students, 18% of respondents in the survey claimed to own some cryptocurrency. Furthermore, of the students surveyed, 9% have taken a cryptocurrency course and 26% would like to in the future.
Coinbase is currently planning to become involved in efforts to recruit college students and recent graduates throughout the academic year. In an interview with CoinDesk, Coinbase vice president Nat McGrath noted, “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.”
Given the stature of the students who are demonstrating an inclination towards the field, the study suspects that a groundbreaking innovation is likely to emerge as a result over the coming years. The prediction is attributed to the number of bright individuals working on blockchain projects.
In regards to the findings, McGrath concluded, “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.”
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