Forbes has always been in the business of making lists, a lot of lists. The most famous of them is the list of the world’s richest people, started by the publication back in 1987 as a marketing strategy. In a recent list published by Forbes on “The Most Valuable College Majors Are Where The Jobs Are”, interestingly a crypto major has found itself on this list. For those following the industry, this should not come as a surprise as crypto has exploded in recent years. This list is an endorsement of the fact that crypto is changing the world and in a big way.
The Forbes List
The list contains an assortment of courses that are in high demand on the job market, all of which are tech related. This reflects the kind of dominance tech has over the world nowadays. All of the listed majors are recent tech and the short time frame by which these have come to great demand is impressive. Other majors listed other than crypto include Data Science and Cyber Security. The demand for these majors are also increasing. To quote from the article,
”In 2015, when UC Berkeley first offered their course on Foundations of Data Science, also known as Data 8, 100 students signed up for it. By this spring, enrollment dramatically increased to around 1,500 students”.
Cornell and crypto
The article specifically speaks of a variety of crypto courses offered by Cornell University. 28 courses in total by an Ivy League college have caught Forbes’ attention. It is part of the “IC3: ADVANCING THE SCIENCE AND APPLICATIONS OF BLOCKCHAINS” initiative by the faculty of the university. The university has already generated a few headlines in the crypto community as the faculty there is really active when it comes to blockchain. Recently, a faculty, Cornell’s Professor Emin Gün Sirer, reopened the debate on scaling by posting an incident of robbery at a Bitcoin ATM. In an even more bizarre incident, the same professor at Cornell has launched his own crypto. Yup, you heard it right. Emin has launched his own cryptocurrency coin and network with funding from some of the biggest venture capitalists in the field. Sirer, co-director of the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts at Cornell University, commented that the Ava network will offer high throughput, fast confirmation times of transactions, and support applications ranging from supply-chain tracking to keeping tabs on securities and gold.
Even before these numerous offering by Cornell, universities were slowly picking up crypto into their campuses. A few other universities are already offering add-on courses. They are also involved in joint ventures and support structure for blockchain startups. The Center for Blockchain Research was announced by Computer scientists at Stanford University on June 2018. Their stated mission is to research on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. Another example is Luxembourg based VNX exchange, along with Luxemburg University partnered to explore cyber security for crypto platforms. The University of Tokyo is taking a more traditional approach by providing courses with syllabi like entrepreneurship with blockchain technology and management of startups.
Given the explosion of listings of jobs and number of projects that we have seen recently with crypto, it would have surprised many if the lists by Forbes didn’t include crypto. And finally it is happening as the world is slowly conquered by crypto. Let’s all prepare for a future without cash.
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