Best Universities for Blockchain 2022: City University of Hong Kong

Host of the Fintech Olympiad for four years, the No. 17-ranked university is a proponent of blockchain technology uses in the Great Bay Area. This story is part of CoinDesk's Education Week.

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Updated Sep 29, 2022 at 6:12 p.m. UTC
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At just 38-years-old, the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) is eager to embrace the cutting edge, with a particular fondness for blockchain technology and its applications. Despite its name, however, the No. 18-ranked university makes an impact not only in Hong Kong but also in the districts of the Great Bay Area (GBA) such as Hong Kong, Macao, and Shenzhen, in mainland China.

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2022 Rank
(+/- 2021)
University Name
17 (down 3)
City University of Hong Kong
Asia and Pacific

CityU in the last three years had eight university blockchain initiatives and conferences – despite the pandemic – which was the most for any university in both mainland China and Hong Kong. Among the events, the university hosted Fintech Olympiad 2022, an academic program for students in the GBA supported by HSBC and the Hong Kong Blockchain Society. Now in its fourth year, the Fintech Olympiad aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry for students.

Among the two blockchain research centers at the university, the Center for Decentralized Trust Computing was founded to provide foundational support to enable blockchain and smart contract technologies. One year later, it partnered with Deloitte and fintech incubator FORMS to develop a blockchain-based academic credential verification system.


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Xinyi Luo

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