This morning, Coinbase recently posted a study to gauge the overall level of engagement and interest between cryptocurrency and college campuses. They partnered up with Qriously, a London-based ad-tech company specializing in measuring location-based public sentiments, to identify the frequency at which universities across the world are offering college courses pertaining to blockchain and cryptocurrency. The original Coinbase survey sampled 675 U.S. students, as well as a review of course at 50 international universities (as ranked by U.S. News and World Report: Best Global Universities 2018), along with separate interviews with professors and students.
David Yermack, finance department chair at NYU’s Stern School of Business, noted how his class enrollment for a course on Blockchain & Financial Services grew almost sevenfold within the past four years, forcing the department to move the class to its largest auditorium to accomodate around 230 students.
In its study, Coinbase also discovered that blockchain and cryptocurrency courses have spanned multiple academic departments, from anthropology to finance. Out of the 675 U.S. students surveyed by Qriously, nearly half of all the social science majors expressed interest in enrolling in a course about cryptocurrency.
“Blockchain combines theory and practices and can lead to fundamental breakthroughs in many research areas… It can have really profound and broad-scale impact on society in many different industries.” -Dawn Song, CS professor at University of California, Berkeley
Blockchain technology borrows elements from a variety of subjects, including game theory, cryptography and distributed systems. Blockchain technology, however, impacts virtually any industry that requires some form of institutionalized intermediation. From supply-chain management to financial services to music publishing rights, blockchain technology will effect people on various levels of the socioeconomic ladder.