University of Cincinnati turns crypto craze into teaching curriculum


Cryptocurrencies are attracting a lot of attention from academic institutions as they are increasingly accepted as an alternative to conventional assets. The University of Cincinnati (UC) in Ohio, USA, has even set up courses around cryptocurrency as part of its curriculum.

In fact, UC is working on two new programs that will educate students about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) and emerging financial technologies, according to a Wednesday UC News article.

Reports say the projects are funded by Dan Kautz and Woody (Woody) Uible, who will provide them through UC’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business. The funding also covered the creation of a public-private lab space in Digital Future’s new headquarters, which is expected to open later in 2022.

Following the launch of this initiative, Dean Marianne Lewis, Ph.D., said students will be able to get hands-on, hands-on learning in the new field of financial technology, adding that:

“Our students will learn how to manage cryptocurrencies and the impact of these digital assets on our economy, positioning UC as the regional leader and among the best universities nationally with this type of program.”

Cryptocurrency education has recently grown in popularity, especially among marginalized communities, as the new financial frontier empowers people around the world to create, innovate, generate money, and prosper. To help these communities take advantage of these opportunities, Jay-Z and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey have teamed up to fund The Bitcoin Academy, a program for residents of Mary Houses in Brooklyn, New York – where Jay-Z grew up – teaching people about cryptocurrencies.

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Other major universities have also embarked on the blockchain and cryptocurrency craze. For example, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). MIT is widely recognized for its groundbreaking research and challenging academic program, and it is a leader in blockchain technology, taking a research-driven approach to the decentralized ecosystem.

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Harvard has a vibrant blockchain student network with over 200 members. Weekly “Crypto 101” talks are held, and there is an on-campus incubator that allows students to develop and scale their cryptocurrency projects.