Blockchain is receiving much attention from universities all over the world. It is a new field of study, but it can also help universities to share information in a safe way. Higher education is one of the most important areas of modern life. A degree from a prestigious university can be extremely valuable. Unfortunately, there is no international system to help establish the legitimacy of a degree.
Today, a person studying in the United States is likely to seek work in the global labor market. Any employer wants to make sure that a potential employee's training credentials are accurate. The only way to confirm a school curriculum today requires direct contact with a university and potentially also with other schools.
In light of this fact, numerous educational institutions have come together to create the Groningen Declaration. In short, the Groningen Declaration is an international effort to simplify information sharing in the global educational community. Today, universities are also faced with new challenges for their current fields of study, which expand the blockchain curriculum that could help them overcome
Blockchain could be the hub for global education
So far more than 40 US universities have joined the Groningen Statement. Globally this number is much higher. Despite the international push for easier access to secure academic records, there was little in the way of agreement on how the platform could develop further in the real world.
According to a report that was written by Merija Jirgensons and Janis Kapenieks of Riga Technical University (RTU) in Latvia, there does not seem to be an emerging consensus on the best way to structure a global blockchain platform. To argue, "Europeans, especially in the UK, have preferred Ethereum, while the Americans have opted for the bitcoin blockchain," states the report.
RTU's report goes on to say, "Most states in the EU are planning blockchain strategies to adapt to national agendas, and most use Ethereum's blockchain." The report cites the MIT Blockcerts application as an example, "(MIT Blockcerts) is not currently available for Ethereum," which is the architecture preferred by government developers in Europe.
The need for new ideas is everywhere
The university system is famous for being slow in adapting to new technologies. The increase in DLT is a perfect example of how higher education has been left behind and refuses to take a more market-oriented approach to information architecture.
When blockchain programs are offered to university students, the level of interest has been extremely high. Blockchain has been studied by numerous global multinationals and has received support that can be measured in billions of dollars by governments. If universities continue to resist blockchain-based platforms, they risk being excluded from an emerging development culture.
Students Love Blockchain!
While many universities have been slow to invest in blockchain education, the University of California at Berkeley (UoC Berkeley), is working to bring together blockchain technology, education and the community. Ben Bartlett asked for a 'student assembly at UoC Berkeley, "We have at least 1,400 homeless people in our city, and this includes many right here at UC Berkeley," said councilor Bartlett to the class. "So, how can we use the blockchain to finance a new prosperity? This is a challenge I would like you to take."
The class to which city council member Ben Bartlett addressed was taught from Po Chi Wu, who is a visiting professor and former venture capitalist. UoC Berkeley is not the only one to offer blockchain courses to its students. Even New York University, Stanford and Georgetown are jumping into a field that has created a 200% increase in job offers on an annual basis.
In a field that is just beginning to hit mainstream, universities that choose to develop curriculum that helps their students enter a growing industry are going to ensure long-term access to the blockchain world through their former students. For the moment there is little interaction between the government in the United States and nascent university departments focused on the blockchain, which is another area in which other nations seem to go beyond the United States.