Blockchain Course Offered By Australia’s RMIT University

Blockchain, Education | February 21, 2018 By:

The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) has announced Australia’s first course on blockchain technology.

RMIT is a public research university. It initially opened as a private night school offering instruction in art, science, and technology in response to the industrial revolution in Australia. RMIT was made a public university by act of the Parliament of Victoria in 1992 after merging with the Phillip Institute of Technology.

Called “Developing Blockchain Strategy,” the eight-week online course aims to address the current vacuum of young talent familiar with blockchain technology. It was designed by the RMIT’s Blockchain Innovation Hub, Accenture, and Stone and Chalk. The course costs $1500 AUD and will start on March 19.

RMIT said apart from practical skills, the course also provides an opportunity for students to develop strong networks within the blockchain community, a feature that would be particularly attractive to business leaders and the next generation of entrepreneurs looking to develop deeper understanding of blockchain and how it will affect their industry and business.

Martin Bean, vice-chancellor of RMIT, said they decided to offer a blockchain course because the growing interest in the technology was already making waves in the IT jobs market.

“This course harnesses the creativity and entrepreneurship that RMIT is renowned for,” said Bean. “It gives them the knowledge they need to be ready for life and work, and to succeed in the 21st century workforce.”

Jason Potts, the director of the Blockchain Innovation Hub, said much of this course is designed to help executives and business leaders to understand not just how blockchain technology works, and understanding what’s actually behind it, but also how it reflects business models and business strategy.

Many universities around the world have started to offer specific blockchain courses to create enough experts to meet the demands of this constantly expanding market.

In December of last year, the Belarusian National Technical University (BNTU) offered a diploma course in cryptocurrencies. The one-year and eight-month long program covers operations with cryptocurrencies, cryptocurrency futures, the use of blockchain technology, and initial coin offering (ICO).