Digital currency exchange platform Coinbase has released the second edition of its Leaders in Crypto Education report, which includes a ranking of the 50 best universities in the world offering courses on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) ranks 5th worldwide and 1st in Europe. Only two other European universities are in the top 10 : ETH Zurich (8th) and the University of Copenhagen (9th). The list is dominated by American Universities, with Cornell University at the number one position. According to Coinbase, the top 10 schools on the list share “a deep commitment to crypto and blockchain at both the student and faculty level.”
A cross-functional discipline attracting growing student interest
To assess the current landscape of cryptocurrency in higher education, Coinbase reviewed the course catalogs of the top 50 global universities as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. It tallied the number of crypto and blockchain classes taught at each to undergraduate and graduate-level students in 2019 and combined that statistic with other weighted criteria, including research citations leveraging data from Google Scholar. The report also provides interesting findings on the number of courses focused on blockchain, cryptocurrencies, or bitcoin that are being taught across a range of disciplines, as well as on student sentiments about crypto. 56% of the world’s top 50 universities now offer at least one course on crypto or blockchain, up from 42% in 2018. Nearly 70% of crypto and blockchain classes are in departments outside of computer science, including law, the humanities, and economics. 34% of students surveyed expressed interest in taking a course on crypto or blockchain, compared to just 28% last year. And twice as many (18%) reported having taken a crypto or blockchain course than they did in 2018.