The term ‘cryptocurrency’ has become a part of our daily jargon with the crypto-wave now striking the shores of education too.
The London School of Economics, one of the most prestigious universities in the world is now offering an online course on cryptocurrency titled ‘Cryptocurrency Investment and Disruption’. The University which has a plethora of distinguished alumni in various fields is setting a benchmark for universities all across the world by foraying into the world of cryptocurrency.
The course blurb on the university website looks like it was written during the massive cryptocurrency mania that gripped the world during the late 2017-early 2018. The course description on the website reads:
“The exponential growth and volatility of cryptocurrencies and the distributed ledger technology underpinning them has led to a global interest in cryptoassets, ICOs and the distribution of digital wealth. Private organisations, individual investors, financial service firms, governments and regulatory bodies worldwide are taking note of this highly disruptive trend.”
The six-week online course does not require any prior qualifications and costs 1800 pounds to register. Dr. Carter Sorensen is a reader in digital innovation in the university’s management department and is the course convenor. He stated:
“The essence of LSE is really to try to understand complex societal phenomena and to try to get to the bottom of them.
…Our aim for the course is not to tell you how to invest – that’s not the LSE’s job.”
The course website also states:
“For over one hundred years, LSE’s motto has been to “understand the causes of things”. This online certificate course pairs practical cryptoasset knowledge with the theoretical thought leadership for which LSE is renowned. You will learn the practical skills to interact with cryptocurrency exchanges – including how to use wallets and evaluate the analytics of an ICO (Initial Coin Offering)”
Oxford University, UK, is another college offering a six-week course on blockchain technology.
Across the Atlantic universities like Stanford, Duke, MIT and Cornell have also released their own courses on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.
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