Cryptocurrencies have been around for over a decade now, and they show no signs of going anywhere anytime soon.
As a matter of fact, with the rise of cryptocurrency markets all over the world, it only makes sense that economists would study the phenomenon.
With more and more people investing in digital currencies, the emergence of university degrees incorporating knowledge of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies come not a moment too soon.
Now Brazil, as one of the world’s leading emerging economies, has launched its first Master’s degree in Cryptofinance.
Cryptofinance comes to Brazil
The university offering this exciting new course will be the São Paulo-based institution Fundação Getúlio Vargas.
The course will prepare the finance professionals of the future to lead the cryptocurrency market in Brazil.
The course will even be teaching the graduates how to create their very own cryptocurrencies.
Ricardo Rochman, the man who coordinates the Cryptofinance program at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, said:
“It is a market with a profound lack of people with expertise. Cryptofinance has economic and financial fundamentals that are worth discussing, researched, and taught”
The institution has already been offering an optional module in Cryptofinance for a while, but the students are now very excited to be able to focus entirely on Cryptofinance.
The students love it
Michele Araújo, one of the Economics students at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, said:
“There is a conceptual gain of knowing both the practical applications of the technology and cryptocurrency as an alternative investment”
A group called Blockchain Insper has also been founded by 23 of the more enthusiastic students.
Blockchain Insper has already received mentoring support from five blockchain-based companies.
The aim of this group is to provide workshops on cryptocurrencies, as well as offering clients the opportunity to receive consultation on investments.
Brazil is not alone in offering courses in cryptocurrencies – many other countries have already begun the process of teaching Cryptofinance.
Cryptofinance courses across the world
New York University began offering blockchain courses in 2014, where students can take modules like “Digital Currency: Revolution in Money and Payments?”
Duke University in North Carolina also offers similar courses – one of their modules is called “Innovation, Disruption, and Cryptoventures”.
Princeton University offers a course called “Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies”, and Stanford University covers the engineering aspect of cryptocurrencies with their course in Bitcoin Engineering.
But the crypto-courses are not limited to the United States and Brazil – they are also offered across Europe.
It is only a matter of time before Cryptofinance and blockchain courses become the norm in universities all over the world.
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