Cardano Integrated into University of Zurich’s 2021 Blockchain Curriculum

Shine Li   Apr 27, 2021 09:17

The University of Zurich has announced that a course on Cardano will be integrated into their 2021 Blockchain Curriculum.

Although highly uncommon, blockchain classes have slowly made their way into the academic agenda of universities across the world. This trend is likely going to continue, with the emergence of blockchain and cryptocurrencies as the future of digital innovation.

The University of Zurich has a curriculum centered on blockchain, dubbed “Deep Dive into Blockchain." For that course, guest lecturers from the Tezos Foundation and IOST have been called in. Charles Hoskinson, the CEO of Cardano, will also be a guest lecturer for the course. The course is part of The University of Zurich’s summer semester and is a part of the ‘Linking Economics, Technology and Law’ program at the University of Zurich.

The integration of Cardano into the curriculum signifies that the blockchain network’s worth in the cryptocurrency sector is highly recognized. It also indicates that many view the Cardano ecosystem as a serious contender on a larger scaler than personal use. With Cardano being taught at the university level, this will also cement and elevate its role in the blockchain industry.

Cardano is a decentralised public blockchain and cryptocurrency project built by the blockchain engineering firm, Input Output (IOHK). It is fully open-source and hosts its native token ADA. Cardano is developing a smart contract platform that seeks to deliver more advanced features than any protocol previously developed. It is the first blockchain platform to evolve out of a scientific philosophy and a research-first driven approach. Cardano describes itself as a third-generation blockchain platform, aiming to significantly improve shortcomings of the first generation, Bitcoin, and the second generation, Ethereum.

Blockchain courses at the university level are not common, but in the future, it may become a viable subject that is increasingly taught, as the innovative technology gains even more traction and reshapes the way in which digital finance is viewed.

Currently, aside from the University of Zurich, academic institutions that offer blockchain courses include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cornell University, and Harvard University.

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