The Bitcoin Association and Saxion University of Applied Sciences have announced a partnership to produce a Bitcoin SV-focused massive open online course (MOOC). The MOOC will be available globally and will seek to educate students about the immense power of Bitcoin’s protocol and how to build on the massively scalable Bitcoin SV blockchain.
Saxion University expects to launch the first course in early 2021. The MOOCs will follow a progressive curriculum, starting the students off with a Bitcoin Basic Course for decision makers and moving into more technically advanced Bitcoin development courses. They will be free to access for all, and although they will be offered by the Dutch university, the courses will be available globally, on demand, at any time. At the end of each course, the participants will be able to take an assessment and obtain a Saxion certificate.
Bitcoin Association Founding President Jimmy Nguyen said, “The Bitcoin blockchain can be used for far more than just payments; it is also a protocol for a massive data network that can transform the world, just like the Internet did. To unleash this power, it is critical for us to educate a new generation of blockchain developers, solutions architects, and other technical professionals about the true capabilities of Bitcoin’s original protocol, now restored in Bitcoin SV.”
The partnership with Saxion University continues the Bitcoin Association’s fervent efforts to educate the masses about the power of Bitcoin. In 2019, the Association sponsored the Cambridge University Metanet Society to teach the students about Bitcoin SV. It has also partnered with some of the largest software development communities and organized BSV DevCons which have been a massive success.
Saxion University has established itself as one of the leading learning institutions in the development of blockchain education and learning programs. In 2019, it established the first blockchain professorship in the Netherlands, with Dr. Jan Veuger being appointed a professor of blockchain at the institution. He is also the leading professor at the newly founded Saxion Blockchain Institute.
Speaking to CoinGeek, Dr. Veuger said Saxion University students have shown great interest in blockchain technology. The university started with a blockchain minor course a few years ago which has since then grown to over 100 students, he told us. Saxion also has a three-year excellence program for students who follow the blockchain program alongside their regular education.
Education is critical in getting mass adoption for blockchain technology, Dr. Veuger believes. Despite being around for over a decade, there still exists many misconceptions about blockchain, and education is the only way to solve this. Dr. Veuger has been leading blockchain education efforts at the school and beyond, serving in the academic board of the Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise (FIBREE).
He remarked, “Together we can make a difference by showing that blockchain and Bitcoin actually work and that this is based on actually working systems and, above all, continues to develop. The tide will turn by itself. This science, built on facts, is like a house built of bricks and not an accumulation of facts like a pile of bricks in the shape of a house.”
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