MOSCOW, RUSSIA – Some of Russia’s top universities will inaugurate master’s degree classes and unique courses dedicated to blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.
According to RT, these courses will be integrated into the universities’ offered curriculums in the academic year 2017-2018.
One of these universities is Moscow State (MSU). Sergey Studnikov, board member of the MSU economical faculty, teaches the Financial Analytics master’s program.
“We will have master classes immediately for several programs – for this we invite industry representatives.”
The Higher School of Economics (HSE) is including cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology as a segment of the university’s Financial Technologies course.
The course is part of the master’s program known as Financial Technologies and Data Analysis.
The program was cooperatively founded this year with the Russian banking and financial services company, Sberbank, which is owned by the state.
HSE is one of the prominent and prevalent universities in Russia.
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), unofficially acknowledged as Phystech, calls itself “a top 5 Russian university that is highly regarded by scientists, students, and engineers alike.”
According to Andrey Raigorodsky, director Applied Mathematics and Informatics, learning about cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology is in high demand.
“This topic is extremely popular”
“…Sberbank is working with us now – they have opened a new scientific laboratory, where research on this topic is being conducted.”
The Saint Petersburg State University of Economics (Spbgeu) is allocating sections of its offered program on banking, finance, and financial markets to cryptocurrency and blockchains.
According to Denis Gorulev, an Economics and Finance associate professor, “to introduce a separate course here, we rely on a number of formal things – this needs to be coordinated with the Ministry of Education a lot and for a long time.”