Dublin City University (DCU) has joined hands with a firm named “Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet” in a blockchain deal. This partnership will see DCU and ICT Skillnet introduce the first master’s program that runs on the blockchain Ireland. The Irish government’s department of business, enterprise and innovation made this announcement on May 29.
Named “Master’s in Blockchain: Distributed Ledger Technologies,” the degree is the product of ICT Skillnet’s efforts. The firm has been striving to identify the skills that budding blockchain engineers need to learn. ICT Skillnet teamed up with Blockchain Ireland in this feat.
A Two-year Course
Reportedly, the course will span two years. Students will take part-time online classes. The first enrollment is set for September this year. All individuals that hold a Level 8 Honors Degree (2.2) or higher in computer science and related disciplines will be able to take this course.
According to Dave Feenan, the acting network manager at ICT Skillnet, this course seeks to better the skills of Irish IT professionals. In so doing, it would prepare them for future jobs. He added that working with DCU means the students would have all the tools needed to introduce the blockchain in different sectors.
Speaking about the project, Heather Humphrey T.D, Ireland’s minister for business, enterprise and innovation noted,
Ireland is a global technology leader, including in blockchain technology. Nine of the top ten US technology companies operate in Ireland, along with nine of the top ten global companies recruiting in the blockchain industry. Our aim is always to be proactive in anticipating and serving the needs of the industry and the people who work within it. This programme directly supports objectives set out in the Government’s Future Jobs Ireland initiative. The first of its kind in Ireland, this Masters programme will help ensure the country has all the skills necessary to become a global hub for this new technology.
Ireland Is Quickly Becoming a Blockchain-friendly Jurisdiction
Rolling out the new master’s program came as the Blockchain Ireland week continues. This campaign aims to create awareness and grow the blockchain sector in the country. On top of this, it seeks to attract entrepreneurs, developers, and corporate giants.
Also, IDA Ireland, an entity that aims to attract foreign investments started a movement to encourage the adoption of the blockchain last summer.
According to a report, the University of Pennsylvania in the US announced the launch of an online FinTech course. Offered by UPenn’s Wharton School, the program includes crypto and blockchain topics. The course is named “Fintech: Foundations and Applications of Financial Technologies”.
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