A nationwide survey of students and universities in the United States has found a growing roster of crypto and blockchain courses amid a steady rise in students’ interest in both the subjects.
The survey was conducted by US digital currency exchange Coinbase in partnership with research firm Qriously.
The report was prepared on the basis of a survey of 675 U.S. students, a comprehensive review of courses at 50 international universities, and interviews with professors and students across the country.
42 percent of the world’s top 50 universities now offer at least one course on crypto or blockchain.
Students from a range of majors are interested in crypto and blockchain courses, and universities are adding courses across a variety of departments.
The report cites the example of New York University Stern School of Business, where 35 students signed up when it first offered a course on blockchain and financial services in 2014. By spring 2018, the number of enrolled students climbed to 230, forcing Stern to move the class to its largest auditorium.
David Yermack, the finance department chair at New York University, says “a process is well underway that will lead to the migration of most financial data to blockchain-based organizations.
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.
An analysis of the courses at the world’s top 50 universities as ranked by U.S. News and World Report found that 42 percent of them offer at least one class on blockchain or cryptocurrency.
Blockchain and cryptocurrency courses are most prominent in the U.S. compared to other countries.
Cornell offers the highest number of courses – 28.