In conversation with George Giaglis, University of Nicosia
We connected with Mr Giaglis, Director of Institute for the future, at University of Nicosia, on the Blockchain Live exhibition in London.
University of Nicosia is the largest University in Cyprus
1st : University to Offer a Cryptocurrency Course
1st: University to Accept Bitcoin for Tuition Payments
1st : University to Offer a MSc in Digital Currency
More on the Free Introductory Course –
DFIN-511: Introduction to Digital Currencies is the first free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Digital Currencies globally, and the first course of the MSc in Digital Currency degree programme.
It is available to anyone around the world interested in learning the basics of Digital Currencies, in a paced and resource rich environment, under the guidance of field experts.
The course is taught by Bitcoin experts Andreas Antonopoulos and Antonis Polemitis and covers both a technical overview of decentralized digital currencies like Bitcoin, as well as their broader economic, legal and financial context. Through the course, we’ll get first hand knowledge of what they are, why they exist, why they are so important for improving financial services and more:
How they can be used as a tool to increase the speed, security, efficiency and transparency in a plethora of financial and non-financial settings.
No previous knowledge of Digital Currencies is demanded, and no specialized knowledge in either computing, economics or finance is required (even though it can be helpful). The courses are self-contained, with plenty of resources for you to go further in the topics, and you don’t need buy any books.
Roughly each of the 12 MOOC sessions, represent individual courses in the MSc that dive far deeper into the specific elements that are discussed in the MOOC.
Students who successfully complete the course and are interested in pursuing the full MSc degree will be able to receive credit if they successfully pass their assessment.
The course is designed to provide an introductory understanding of decentralized digital currencies (cryptocurrencies) such as Bitcoin. In particular, the course will survey the theory and principles by which cryptocurrencies operate, practical examples of basic cryptocurrency use, including clients, wallets, transactions. We’ll look at the cryptocurrency ecosystem financial services and discuss the existing and potential interaction of cryptocurrencies with the banking, financial, legal and regulatory environment. Lastly we’ll examine in detail how cryptocurrencies can be viewed from an innovation perspective and what opportunities they present for the developing world.