Univer­sity of Malta gears up for blockchain busi­ness

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

As Malta seeks to cre­ate a fer­tile environment for blockchain busi­ness, the Univer­sity of Malta has been quick to re­act to the ed­u­ca­tional chal­lenges which the new tech­nol­ogy has raised with its of­fer of a num­ber of Blockchain and Dis­trib­uted Ledger Tech­nol­ogy-re­lated study units com­menc­ing in Oc­to­ber.

These units will be of­fered within ex­ist­ing un­der­grad­u­ate and Mas­ter’s level de­gree pro­grammes. The study units start­ing in Oc­to­ber in­clude Blockchain and Smart Con­tracts (ICT3009) which is an ICT-fo­cussed study unit of­fered within the BSc in Com­put­ing Science, the BSc in Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence and the Mas­ter’s de­grees in Com­puter Science and Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence.

A hands-on tech­ni­cal study unit (LAS3019) Blockchain and Smart Con­tract Pro­gram­ming is in­tended to help those with pro­gram­ming ex­pe­ri­ence with a kick-start into Smart Con­tract and Blockchain devel­op­ment. This is of­fered as an evening course within the Pro­gramme for Lib­eral Arts and Sciences.

The Blockchain World: An In­tro­duc­tion (LAS1062) is a gen­eral non-tech­ni­cal in­tro­duc­tion to Blockchain and DLTs of­fered as an evening course within the Pro­gramme for Lib­eral Arts and Sciences.

A Blockchain and DLT Mas­ter’s by Re­search de­gree is also be­ing de­vel­oped and is in­tended to start by Fe­bru­ary 2019, while a Taught Mas­ter’s in Blockchain and DLT is be­ing de­vel­oped with plans to com­mence in Oc­to­ber 2019.

In line with these plans, the univer­sity has ap­proved a Cen­tre for Dis­trib­uted Ledger Tech­nolo­gies which will host and fa­cil­i­tate pro­grammes re­lated to Blockchain and DLT within the univer­sity.

These study pro­grammes should be at­trac­tive to the pub­lic in gen­eral and in par­tic­u­lar to those in ICT and prac­ti­tion­ers from Law, Busi­ness/Eco­nom­ics/Man­age­ment and En­tre­pre­neur­ial back­grounds.

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