Coinbase, one of the biggest online platforms for buying, transferring, and storing digital currency, has recently commissioned a survey regarding the attitude within higher education circles about cryptocurrency and blockchain tech.
The survey included 675 students from 21 of the top 50 US universities (as determined by US News & World Report rankings) and the results may come as a surprise for some. The study uncovered that 40% of the leading universities around the world offer at least one course in blockchain or crypto.
Possible reasons why cryptocurrency is so popular among students
Even more, interestingly, the survey has shown that 25% of all students would consider taking classes in order to learn about crypto and blockchain.
“Students from a range of majors are interested in crypto and blockchain courses — and universities are adding courses across a variety of departments,” Coinbase explained.
One reason for the high interest towards blockchain may be due to the technology’s potential to impact society on a varied array of levels. Dawn Song, University of California at Berkeley professor of computer sciences touched on this matter quite appropriately by stating the following:
“Blockchain combines theory and practice and can lead to fundamental breakthroughs in many research areas. It can have really profound and broad-scale impacts on society in many different industries.”
Other interesting findings
Another reason why students display such an interest towards cryptocurrencies may be because more and more companies are looking for individuals with crypto-related skills. The survey uncovered another very interesting statistic, namely the fact that 18% of the students have tried the technology out for themselves.
One of the most interesting findings of the survey uncovered the high demand for crypto and blockchain courses across a wide spectrum of departments, and that most of the demand stems from the finance and computer science disciplines.