Coinbase Survey Shows That 18% Of Students Own Cryptocurrency
The University students are demanding for more courses on blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. A nationwide survey of 675 students was conducted by Coinbase on the crypto exchange. The survey revealed that 21 out of 50 top universities offer a class of blockchain technology or cryptocurrency. These universities are ranked by World Report and U.S. News. It also stated that 11 colleges offer such courses.
Bill Maurer, the dean of the School of Social Sciences at the University of California Irvine stated,
Students today are really thinking deeply about economic issues and alternative economic futures. Teaching about this kind of stuff now can be really powerful for students that are trying to find their own way and envision what kind of possible alternatives there might be to the prevailing economic system.
The Coinbase survey also found that there’s high demand for blockchain and cryptocurrency courses across a wide spectrum of students. The survey also found these courses across a variety of departments such as finance, anthropology along with computer science.
Maurer also stated that financial system learning prepares the students in all programs for the today job market. He stated,
There’s a huge demand out there, especially in the design space, for people that have the skills that we train anthropologists with, understanding the human side of technology.
David Yermack from the Stern School of Business at New York University stated that his blockchain course will be offered to both the semesters to meet the growing demand. He also said that earlier in 2014, only 35 students enrolled but it has increased to 280 students in 2018. The students are not only eager to learn, but 18% of the respondents said that they own some cryptocurrency. The Coinbase survey stated that the increasing numbers are trying the technology out for themselves.
Boneh stated that over the next few years something groundbreaking will emerge. He also stated, “I think [demand] has to do with a lot of talent going into space. Very smart people are working on blockchain projects.”
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