In Russia, academic institutions are giving more and more creditably to cryptos. Three Russian universities just recently added new courses and majors related to cryptocurrencies and crypto technologies to their curriculum. The courses will begin at the start of the new academic year this fall.
According to available details, the courses will cover areas including cryptography, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, alternative payment systems, digital economy, accounting and management. The courses are targeting foreign students and Russians seeking career opportunities in the field of cryptos and as such will be taught in English.
The Voronezh State University (VSU) announced on its website that it has established a bachelor’s degree program that will focus on teaching digital economy and blockchain technology. The major is called “Models and methods for analyzing the digital economy” and is offered by the Department of Information Technologies and Mathematical Methods in Economics. Classes begin from September 18.
This program offers an intensive training in the use of modern information technology analysis. The university released a statement saying that the course “ensures the universal character of the acquired knowledge, as well as the wide scope of its application in various types of economic activities and at different levels of government.”
The announcement singled out the importance attached to the development of new technologies and the need to train specialists in light of the implementation of the Digital Economy Program adopted by the Russian government.
Don State Technical University (DSTU) press services also announced this week that the institution will be offering two master’s programs in blockchain technologies: It said courses on “Intellectual systems based on blockchain technologies” and “Digital accounting and management” will commence soon. The announcement indicates that the programs will give students the knowledge required to develop new information systems and create modern electronic payment methods and structures.
DSTU’s Vice Rector, Alexey Belskopilniy was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying, “We offer graduate students [the opportunity] to study in depth the distributed ledger technology. Blockchain is a promising technology that is rapidly introduced in many areas of life. Demand for specialists in this field is growing every day.”
These programs were developed in cooperation with Cyprus’s University of Nicosia. Foreign lecturers will be invited to teach. The university said it might offer English language courses in the future.
The Novosibirsk State University (NSU) already has similar courses in English. The first 15 students of its MS degree program in cryptography will begin their program in September in the faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics. The two-year intensive modular training scheme of their program offers encryption techniques and blockchain technologies courses. Classes will be held in English with experts in the field from Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Norway, France, India and the US, as well as Russian specialists recruited as lecturers.