Best Universities for Blockchain 2022: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Ten student blockchain clubs and societies demonstrate the enthusiasm for blockchain that contributes to this public university's debut at No. 32. This story is part of CoinDesk's Education Week.

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Ranked first in research volume among U.S. research universities, the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (UMich) received US$893 million in federal grants. One of its research centers is the Center on Finance, Law and Policy, a multidisciplinary fintech collaboration. UMich has hosted multiple initiatives including the Michigan Ross FinTech Initiative, Tech 2022 Fintech Challenge, and Fintech Challenge 2019.

This piece is part of CoinDesk's Education Week

2022 Rank
(+/- 2021)
University Name
32 (NEW)
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
North America

Since 2019 UMich has held more than a dozen smaller events and talks, such as "Does Cryptocurrency Have a Future? FinTech Transforming Customer Engagement" and a seminar Cryptocurrency: Economic and Environmental Impacts and U.S. Policy.

With nearly 45,000 students, UMich has 10 student blockchain clubs and societies – more than any other school on the list – including the Michigan Cryptocurrency Club and Blockchain at Michigan.

UMich also has 15 blockchain courses for students to choose ranging from Sustainability Finance: Investment Models for Green Growth to Blockchain and the Law, and a Financial Technology (Fintech) Innovations certificate.

The university is a member of Ripple's University Blockchain Research Alliance to promote blockchain research and continuous innovation in this field.

Updated (Oct. 19 21:06 UTC): The active student organization Blockchain at Michigan was included to replace a less active club that was mentioned in an earlier version of this story.


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