Blockchain Education Advisory Group Formed In Gibraltar

News | October 19, 2018 By:

The government of Gibraltar has formed a new advisory group to create new technology related education courses, such as blockchain.

Called the New Technologies in Education (NTiE), the advisory group will aim to address the growing demand for blockchain skills as the sector continues to expand in Gibraltar. It will develop courses to equip individuals with knowledge of the workings and potential applications of blockchain technology.

NTiE is a joint initiative between the government and the University of Gibraltar in collaboration with some Gibraltar-based technology companies. It will be chaired by Nadine Collado, Director of Professional Development & Short Courses at the University of Gibraltar. The group will include the following members: Professor Catherine Bachleda, Vice Chancellor (Ag), University of Gibraltar; Joey Britto, former Director of Education; Christian Celecia, Director of Information Communications and Technology, University of Gibraltar, Dr. Darren Fa, Director of Academic Programmes and Research, University of Gibraltar; David Parody, Chair of GANT; Keri Scott, Senior Education Advisor; and Paul Astengo, Senior Executive, Gibraltar Finance.

“Today’s announcement is a strong indication that we are on the right path towards delivering our objective of addressing the skills requirements that will be needed to fully realize the potential of new technologies,” said Gilbert Licudi QC MP said. “Providing access to innovative courses with expert input from those using this technology in the private sector is a vital component in the development of a sustainable DLT commercial community in Gibraltar.”

The courses offered are expected to commence later in 2018, which may include courses on blockchain, distributor ledger technology (DLT), coding and smart contracts. Significant input into course material will come from companies based in Gibraltar who are in the process of becoming regulated license holders of the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC).

Minister for Education John Cortes MP, said that the education department is in full support of this initiative. He added that improving the way they prepare their young people within the schools in digital technology in all its forms is a critical part of their plans for education.

The formation of the advisory group continues to build momentum for Gibraltar as a hub for new technologies, following the announcement in January of this year that the country would be the first jurisdiction globally to introduce legislation around blockchain technology.

“We continuously punch above our weight when it comes to promoting new technology opportunities and so provision of higher education will be no different,” said Minister of Commerce Albert Isola. “For us to achieve our goal of a successful, long-term and sustainable business sector for Gibraltar, it is imperative that we educate all different levels. The creation of this advisory group is a key step in achieving this”.