New York University will be the first university in the US to offer a major in blockchain technology, according to a new announcement.
According to CBS New York, the university will add the new major to its Stern School of Business, which has also led the way for undergraduate courses in crypto and blockchain more generally.
Professor Andrew Hinkes said: “We hope to establish a groundwork so that the students can understand what’s really happening under the hood, so that they can understand both the legal and the business implications, and prepare them to go out and tackle this new market.”
Though claiming to be the first university to offer a major like this, it is far from the only academic institution interested in the emerging sector.
In June, Oxford professors announced the launch of a new blockchain-based decentralised institution that it hoped would be granted full-degree giving powers within the European Union. RMIT University in Australia has also begun an 8-week course in blockchain strategies and applications.
“For students, it will be the Airbnb of degree courses; for teachers, it will be a decentralised, non-profit, democratic community; but for both parties the use of blockchain technology will provide the contractual stability needed to complete a full course of study,” read the whitepaper.
And the interest from students is also manifesting elsewhere, with 1 in 4 of the top 50 UK unversities revealed to offer a blockchain society to its members.