CoinDesk ranks the top 10 blockchain universities in the US

October 03, 2018
Chris Wheal

Rising interest from students in educational establishments that offer studies and research into blockchain has prompted CoinDesk to rank the top 10 universities with such facilities.

Students are expressing increasing interest in blockchain and crypto studies

CoinDesk accepts that such technology is notoriously difficult to teach, its rankings draw upon such tangibles as investment and curriculum development, the number of blockchain-related courses, the number of blockchain organisations on campus and each school’s access to the technology.

The top 10

The rankings only included universities in the US, and they are as follows:

  1. Stanford: Stanford has established itself as a magnet for well-known professors in the industry, CoinDesk says, along with industry leaders. “Stanford has attracted significant investments from the blockchain industry,” CoinDesk says, with The Ethereum Foundation and others funding the Stanford Centre for Blockchain Research.
  2. University of California – Berkeley: The only public school in CoinDesk’s rankings. Berkeley offers courses in emerging technologies without charging sky-high tuitions, with courses such as “Blockchain, Cryptoeconomics, and the Future of Technology, Business and Law”.
  3. New York University: Professors David Yermack and Geoffrey Miller have offered the “Digital Currency, Blockchains and the Future of Financial Services” course since 2014. Meanwhile, NYU boasts some of the best extra-curricular activities for blockchain too, CoinDesk says.
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Students interested in learning the technical underpinnings of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology would be hard pressed to find a better option than MIT, CoinDesk says, and can benefit from the school’s extensive bullpen of technical grandees.
  5. Cornell: The IC3 Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts was designed by faculty members and other leading educational centres and collaborates with experts in finance and banking, entrepreneurs, regulators and open source software communities.
  6. Georgetown University: This college finds its niche in the blockchain ecosystem by taking advantage of its connection to policy-making circles in Washington DC, says CoinDesk. Its tutors include former CFTC and congressional committee members.
  7. Harvard: Harvard provides some courses in computer science like “Introduction to Blockchain and Bitcoin”, while the Harvard Blockchain Group and Undergraduate Blockchain Group generate interest on campus through events and after hours educational content.
  8. Duke: Duke University‚Äôs blockchain programme benefits from the pioneering efforts of a single business school professor, Campbell Harvey who debuted the course “Innovation and Cryptoventures” in 2014.
  9. Carnegie Mellon: Courses such as “Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains, and Applications” have sprung up while the CMU Blockchain Cluboffers students to prototype blockchain projects in different sectors from IoT to agriculture, says CoinDesk.
  10. University of Pennsylvania: A core of early adopters on campus have helped create a vibrant community, CoinDesk says. The university’s renowned Wharton business school formed the Penn Blockchain club, which boasts several hundred student members.

Post written by Chris Wheal
Chris Wheal is editor of OpenLedger's news and features service. An award-wining business journalists himself, he runs a team of freelance journalists from across the UK and north America.

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