This year, investing in cryptocurrency has become much more mainstream.
Between interest in digital coins, from bitcoin to altcoins like dogecoin; decentralized finance, or DeFi, applications; NFTs, or nonfungible tokens; and other blockchain technology, the market has surged.
While many of the most in-demand jobs in cryptocurrency don’t necessarily require a formal education in it, many global universities have started offering opportunties to study it. In fact, crypto news outlet CoinDesk recently published a ranking of the top 50 universities for blockchain.
Researchers from CoinDesk, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) analyzed 230 schools across the world and ranked them according to five factors. You can read the full methodology here.
- Scholarly impact, including the number of blockchain and cryptocurrency-related research papers published between 2019 and 2021.
- Existing blockchain-related offerings on campus, including classes, educational centers, clubs and more.
- Employment and industry outcomes
- Cost of attendance
- Overall academic reputation
The National University of Singapore ranked first, with Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in second, University of California Berkeley in third, University of Zurich in fourth and MIT in fifth.
Out of the top 50 schools, 13 are located in the U.S., including Arizona State University (30th) and New York University (41st).
Last year, CoinDesk only ranked U.S.-based schools, putting Cornell University in second, Stanford University in fourth and Harvard University in fifth. With the global rankings, all three schools dropped spots, landing at 17th, 12th and 49th, respectively.