Coinbase Survey: 42% Of World’s Best Universities Offer At Least One Crypto-Related Class

Education, News | August 29, 2018 By:

A recent study by crypto exchange Coinbase has found that over 40 percent of leading universities around the world offer at least one course on cryptocurrencies or blockchain.

Titled “the rise of crypto in higher education,” the study was jointly conducted by Coinbase and survey company Qriously. The two companies interviewed 675 US college students and reviewed courses at 50 international universities. The survey found that students across all majors have an interest in blockchain technology, and universities are adding courses across a variety of departments.

“To assess the current landscape of cryptocurrency in higher education, Coinbase analyzed the courses at the world’s top 50 universities as ranked by US News and World Report,” Coinbase said. “Our study focused on classes available to undergraduate-level students in the fall 2018 semester or the most recent semester for which information was available online.”

According to the research, 42 percent offer at least one course on blockchain and crypto-related studies, while 22 percent provide more than one class. The study indicates that blockchain and cryptocurrency courses are most prominent in the US, with Stanford and Cornell University topping the charts for most individual offerings. Outside the US, only five of the 18 international universities on the list, or 27 percent, offer at least one class on blockchain or cryptocurrency. And only two — Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and National University of Singapore — offer more than one.

“Coinbase’s analysis found that of the 172 classes listed by the top 50 universities, 15 percent were offered by business, economics, finance, and law departments, and four percent were in social science departments such as anthropology, history, and political science,” the study said.

Among all students surveyed, 18 percent said they own cryptocurrencies. 17 percent said they consider their knowledge of cryptocurrency and blockchain very good, compared to just nine percent of the general population surveyed at the same time. The survey also found that 17 percent of computer science and engineering majors have already taken a course that focuses on cryptocurrency and blockchain, as have 15 percent of economics and math majors and 11 percent of business majors. Just five percent of social science majors have taken such a course.

Benedikt Bunz, a doctoral student at Stanford, said the “tremendous excitement” around blockchain and cryptocurrency courses is due to the high demand for blockchain experts.

“If you’re an expert in cryptocurrencies and cryptography you’ll have a difficult time not finding a job,” Bunz said.