The NEO project is doing its bit to bring education about blockchain technology to the public, as the company announced earlier this week that it had launched an academic course for students of the St. Petersburg State University of Russia.
Per the announcement, the course will be centered around software development using its NEO blockchain, and apart from exposing the NEO ecosystem to students, they will also be taught several concepts that are coon to the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) space in general.
Teaching enthusiasts on NEO and mining
Some of the highlighted topics in the module include understanding what blockchains are and their uniqueness, understanding the NEO blockchain, structuring NEO smart contracts, cryptocurrency consensus algorithms, and decentralized applications (DApps), and the various software tools involved in building a blockchain.
The course sees NEO become only the latest entity to help provide some much-needed insight into the blockchain through education. Proper education into these spaces has time and again been pegged as one of the most significant impediments to their adoption, and while a lot of work needs to be still done in this regard, several bodies have taken it upon themselves to help lend more knowledge to people.
More education, more adoption
For a while now, academics and blockchain have become an item. Earlier in August, Coinbase published a study that revealed that universities were now interested in blockchain, now more than ever. The exchange partnered with Qriously to create the survey. The study polled responses from the top 50 universities in the world, where the exchange found out that 56% of the respondents now teach students blockchain technology.
Back in August, the University of Malta created a Master’s Degree in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT); a course which, according to Malta Digital innovation Authority Joshua Ellus, will help prove a bridge between the legal, blockchain and business spaces and yield to effective communication and collaboration that will move the blockchain space forward.
As CrowdfundInsider noted, the course will provide training on several aspects of blockchain technology, including compliance with regulations, business, information, and communications technology, and finance. Students will be required to work for three semesters, with both onsite and offsite courses part of the program.