The need for blockchain experts is growing – from established companies looking to expand their expertise into distributed ledger technology (DLT) to thoroughbred blockchain and crypto start-ups – the demand for qualified personnel exceeds supply. Although blockchain competence can also be acquired through self-study, this should not be a reason for the German-speaking university landscape to steal from responsibility. The small number of study places available with a focus on DLT does not yet do justice to the potential of the technology. A look at a few pioneers.
Blockchain developers are highly sought-after specialists. The rapidly growing popularity of blockchain and other distributed ledger (DLT) technologies has led to a dramatic gap between supply and demand. Crypto start-ups and established, blockchain curious companies alike are desperately looking for qualified personnel. But where can one train for this promising field of work?
Frankfurt School Blockchain Center for Bitcoin profit
In Germany, the Frankfurt Schhool of Finance & Management set a first accent in the (private) university landscape with the founding of a blockchain centre in March 2017. The „Frankfurt School Blockchain Center“ is designed as a think tank and research center. It offers the 8-day course „Certified Blockchain Expert – Shaping the Future with High Level Expertise“. The certificate promises well-founded and practical insights into Hyperledger, Ethereum & Bitcoin profit according
to onlinebetrug. The target group includes IT managers, business experts and anyone who wants to find out more about DLT – and who wants to fork out 6,950 euros for it.
Mittweida: Master of DLT
In the public sector, however, the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences went one step further and dedicated its own degree to technology with the Master’s programme „Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT)“. The brand-new course includes two alternative focal points („qualification guidelines“): the technical application of DLT on the one hand and its non-technical aspects on the other. The technical specialisation includes, among others, the topics Internet of Things, Supply Chain Management and Game Theory. IT law, risk management and e-entrepreneurship are, however, part of the range of seminars offered in the non-technical qualification guideline. The Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) Master’s programme at HSMW is part of the plan to make Mittweida a „showcase region“ for distributed ledger technologies – not unlike the „Crypto Valley“ in the Swiss train.
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts: backbone of the Bitcoin profit
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts played a decisive role in its creation. The university is also the organiser of the Crypto Valley Conference. Although the university does not offer a DLT-specific Bachelor’s or Master’s programme, it does offer corresponding further training opportunities. One of these possibilities is the acquisition of the „CAS [Certificate of Advanced Studies] Blockchain: Disruption through distributed databases“. In 120 lessons, participants gain insights into the technical, economic and legal aspects of Bitcoin profit. The Bitcoin profit course is aimed at management personnel and specialists at the IT and business level and is worth 5,400 Swiss francs.
Crypto-Master in Nicosia
While the range of certificate courses is growing, pure DLT courses such as the HSMW Blockchain Master are still rare. This applies not only to German-speaking countries, but to the whole of Europe. One exception is the University of Nicosia. It offers a Master of Science in Digital Currencies – the Cypriots are the first in the world to do so. In addition, the university offers a free introduction to crypto currencies. The online course comprises twelve lessons taught by none other than Andreas Antonopoulos.