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CoinDesk ranks 10 best U.S. blockchain universities

Tony Zerucha



If you’re planning the next move in your career and it involves education on blockchain, best look to colleges in the northeast and southwest, analysis from CoinDesk reveals.

Earlier today CoinDesk revealed their ranking of the 10 best colleges in the United States for blockchain education. The rankings look at scale of blockchain activities at the universities but does not assess their effectiveness.

Blockchain education is a tough are to assess, report authors Peter Ryan and Adam Hart explain.

“Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are notoriously difficult to teach because they are inherently interdisciplinary subjects, drawing on foundations in computer science, economics, law, and business,” the authors explained. “Recognizing this reality, CoinDesk attempted to measure the breadth of a each university’s activities, giving extra weight to interdisciplinary studies.”

Stanford tops the list for several reasons. They attract investment from key players in the blockchain community such as the Ethereum Foundation. Past interdisciplinary courses have attracted a mix of students from faculties including law, business and computer science.

They also have top faculty, who will be a challenge to retain.

“Kathryn Haun, a former federal prosecutor and now general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, taught a management class called Cryptocurrency alongside Susan Athey, a world-renowned economist,” Mr. Ryan and Mr. Hart write. “Other industry leaders have also found themselves drawn to Stanford. Balaji Srinivasan, the former CEO of and current CTO of Coinbase, jointly taught a course on bitcoin in the computer science department.”

In second spot is Cal Berkeley, the only public school on the list. It gets high marks for its engineering program, which offers strong computer classes, and its interdisciplinary studies.

Students play an important role in Berkeley’s blockchain environment.

“Perhaps most importantly, UC Berkeley benefits from one of the most vibrant on-campus communities in the country,” the authors explain. “The student organization Blockchain at Berkeley both educates and builds products, performing paid consulting work for major companies like Airbus and Qualcomm. Berkeley’s law and business schools also boast their own blockchain related clubs.”

New York University, MIT and Cornell round out the top five. For more information, visit the rankings here.

Tony Zerucha

Tony Zerucha is an alternative finance journalist with more than seven years experience in the space. The author of more than 1,000 articles, Tony was named LendIt's 2018 Journalist of the Year.

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