University Of British Columbia Launches Graduate Blockchain Training Path

Blockchain, Education, News | June 13, 2019 By:

The University of British Columbia (UBC) has launched “Canada’s first blockchain and distributed ledger technology training path for graduate students.”

UBC a public research university with campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna, British Columbia. The university is consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. With an annual research budget of $600 million, UBC funds over 8,000 projects a year.

UBC’s blockchain initiative aims to become the world’s most multidisciplinary blockchain training path. It will provide students with next-generation tools and applications to address issues in FinTech, engineering and computer science, and information governance through its disciplinary streams. The goal is to build capacity for existing master’s and PhD students in this area and help scale Canada’s blockchain industry while also tackling some of the world’s most complex socio-technical issues.

“As the country’s first graduate blockchain learning path, the initiative is transformative to the blockchain sector in Canada and beyond,” said Victoria Lemieux, UBC iSchool associate professor and Blockchain@UBC cluster lead. “The initiative will allow students to develop the skills around emerging technologies that are in high demand as well as drive economic growth as graduates fill the void in the industry.”

The training path, which will officially launch in January 2020, will focus on blockchain’s application in four primary sectors – health and wellness, clean energy, regulatory technology and Indigenous issues – and will aim to train a total of 139 students over a span of 6 years. The initiative will be taught by UBC faculty from diverse disciplines, all of whom are well connected with the local community as well as blockchain research centers around the world.

According to UBC, the initiative will be supported by 15 industry partners from a wide range of sectors who will be offering students high-value internships, in collaboration with Mitacs. Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. will be UBC’s flagship partner for the initiative and will provide funding to support research at the intersection of blockchain and healthcare.

“We are proud to be part of a collaboration that is considered to be the first in Canada offering multidisciplinary graduate education in blockchain technology, developing the next generation of innovators,” said Uli Brödl, vice president, medical and regulatory affairs, Boehringer Ingelheim. “This collaboration will allow us to grow the knowledge base and expertise of scientists to leverage the value of blockchain technology in healthcare.”