The University of Tokyo has started a course entitled “Blockсhain Innovation Donation Course” at its faculty of engineering, thanks to a donation of $800,000 from a consortium that also includes the Ethereum Foundation and the Japanese financial giant Sumitomo Mitsui.
Sumitomo Mitsui announced that the goal is to “Cooperate with multiple companies and provide a place to learn about blockchain technology and entrepreneurial and managerial know-hows“.
The companies participating in the project with their donations will thus obtain over time a real database of human resources trained in this area to draw on for the jobs required.
Together with the students, new blockchain-based business models based will be studied and the relevant technologies developed.
The announcement also describes this new emerging sector as a “not yet clear picture” in which new services can be created not far from those of virtual currencies, which can also trigger social changes.
For this reason, it is argued that it is not enough simply to understand the technical functioning of these technologies, but there’s a need to go up to the level of the basic protocol by conducting extensive research and developing various examples of applications.
After having clarified the problems and limitations of the technology itself and conducted research to find solutions, all this should then lead to a concrete social implementation thanks to the new business models based on blockchain technology.
This blockchain course is also committed to supporting students particularly talented in mathematics and computer science with an interest in these technologies.
In this way, the University of Tokyo hopes to cultivate future blockchain entrepreneurs by also teaching them how to implement these technologies socially.
Professionals in the blockchain industry are increasingly in demand on the market, so much so that on average they manage to get stellar salaries and the University of Tokyo is certainly not the only one that is adapting to this market demand by creating new blockchain specialization courses.