Even though there were lots of blockchain courses available around the country, the industry has never had its major university studies in China. Until now.
This week the Ministry of Education of China officially approved the nation’s first-ever academic undergraduate program of blockchain engineering. The undergraduate major program is assigned to The Chengdu University of Information Technology, which will start student admissions later this year, China’s news agency reports.
A response to the technological innovation
The new blockchain engineering program aims to respond to the growing demands of the economy and the information society. Chinese officials believe the studies will help train talents to meet the needs of the blockchain industry.
According to the report, the major program will include basic technical knowledge of blockchain, together with the design, implementation and project management skills.
The release of the official blockchain program confirms the increasing acceptance of blockchain across China. Since the leader Xi Jinping approved the blockchain importance last year, the application of blockchain technology has been extended to sectors including digital finance, Internet of Things, smart manufacturing, supply chain management, and digital asset trading.
Not alone in the field
Since the blockchain is an emerging technology with the potential to disrupt traditional business models, the universities across the world are reacting to the increasing demand for blockchain skills and introducing blockchain studies.
There already are institutions of higher education across Europe and the United States, that offer various academical studies in blockchain. Most of them allow different Master’s degrees in blockchain technology, economy or management.
The world’s first academic studies with a Masters’s degree in digital currencies were issued back in 2014 by The University of Nicosia in Cyprus. As the university claims, over 600 students have enrolled to them since.