Crypto will be on the University of Cincinnati’s curriculum at the start of the new academic year as it becomes the latest institution to add courses on the subject.
The Ohio-based university will launch two new programs studying cryptocurrency and new financial technologies, thanks to the donation of two longtime supporters, Dan Kautz and Woodrow (Woody) Uible, UC said in a Press release.
“Thanks to Dan and Woody, our students will gain hands-on, experiential training in this new frontier of fintech,” said Dean Marianne Lewis, PhD. “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.”
The donation will also see a “public-private” lab space named after the two men in UC’s new Digital Futures building. This will provide space for corporate partnerships, with companies such as Ledger already on board to help with the lab’s research.
Pushing the boundaries of cryptocurrency and experiential learning, with support from Dan Kautz and Woody Uible and faculty. The leadership of Michael Jones and Debashis Pal. https://t.co/UWe8DeSYQd
The Kautz-Uible Cryptoeconomics Lab will also have its own cryptocurrency mining platform.
“Blockchain and the underlying application of cryptocurrency are at the forefront of business innovation and management. It is important that UC students are informed and educated about this technology,” Uible said.
“We believe students will learn more by participating in the cryptocurrency exchange process and working directly with a blockchain. This experience is far more valuable and meaningful than just learning from a textbook.
Blockchain in higher education
Similar labs already exist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University.
MIT even hosted a series of blockchain lectures taught by current SEC Chairman Gary Gensler, who is available to watch free online.
Debashis Pal, David Sinton Professor of Economics at UC, said offering a course on cryptocurrency was important because it would better prepare students for the job market.
“Students who work with the cryptocurrency fund will develop immediate and relevant knowledge about the fast-growing digital asset industry,” he said. “The Kautz-Uible Economics Institute’s educational programs will position the University of Cincinnati as a thought leader in this cutting-edge technology.”
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