Top schools like Wharton see high demand for Bitcoin & blockchain classes

posted 10 months ago
At top universities across the country, students are anxious to enroll in courses focused on the proliferation of blockchain, the decentralized ledger technology that underpins cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. For example, last spring, Cornell's Associate Professor of Computer Science Emin Gün Sirer was scheduled to teach a 600-level course on blockchain technology, an advanced class intended for PhD students, and said "Usually when you have five to a dozen students in such a class, you're teaching a popular class," but when Sirer arrived on the first day to teach, he was shocked: 88 students had shown up.

University of Pennsylvania Professor Kevin Werbach said a big reason for the increased interest in blockchain classes is job prospects. "Wharton sends people to all the Fortune 500 companies, and investment banks and technology firms. A very high percentage of those leading firms now have blockchain or distributed ledger projects, and they're looking for expertise in that area," Werbach explained.
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