Best Universities for Blockchain 2022: Yale University

A $6M grant sets this Ivy League school – ranked No. 34 – on a path to accelerate its research in blockchain systems and privacy. This story is part of CoinDesk's Education Week.

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Yale University may offer fewer than half the blockchain-based courses of its Ivy League peer Cornell (though on par with Columbia University), but with a recently announced new investment, the 321-year-old school is about to propel its blockchain research. Yale comes in at 34th on CoinDesk’s Best Universities for Blockchain 2022.

This piece is part of CoinDesk's Education Week

2022 Rank
(+/- 2021)
University Name
34 (NEW)
Yale University
North America

The layer 1 blockchain company Algorand Foundation recently announced a five-year grant of $5.75 million to Yale, one of 10 recipients of its Algorand Centers of Excellence program. Yale’s partnership with the Singapore-based company will fund PAVE, the Center for Privacy, Accountability, Verification and Economics of Blockchain Systems.

The Yale-led project was selected from a pool of over 70 proposals and will focus primarily on multi-disciplinary research in the areas of blockchain and cryptocurrency. The grant will also be used to develop college courses and fund student-led organizations, while also aiming to develop a communal decentralized database.

PAVE’s “players,” or computer scientists, will include researchers from Columbia University, the City College of New York and others.

The center will focus on five key areas – blockchain design, security, the economy, regulation and, more broadly, courses that focus on cryptocurrency.

Yale will find an outstanding resource for research talent among its student body. The university’s student-led Blockchain Club, to date, has over 500 members.


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