Best Universities for Blockchain 2022: Carnegie Mellon University

An interdisciplinary approach to blockchain – and key industry sponsors – elevated the famed Pittsburgh University 11 spots to No. 22. This story is part of CoinDesk's Education Week.

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Given Carnegie Mellon’s reputation innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration, the number of blockchain initiatives popping up around the university, both institutionally and from the student body, make sense.

This piece is part of CoinDesk's Education Week

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The Tepper School of Business at CMU created a blockchain initiative, led by associate professor of economics Ariel Zetline-Jones, “to foster innovations in the design, use, ethics, and regulation of decentralized, blockchain-based technologies."

CyLab, CMU’s security and privacy research institute, launched the CMU Secure Blockchain Initiative, a multi-year research program, to focus on existing challenges in the blockchain space such as scalability and cryptography. Global payments company Ripple, cryptocurrency exchange and nonprofit body Algorand Foundation became founding sponsors this year. It is the hub for blockchain thought leadership at CMU.

The university offers a master of science in computational finance as well as 14 several courses pertaining to blockchain technology.

In August, the foundation for cryptocurrency protocol Algorand named Carnegie Mellon an Algorand Center of Excellance (ACE). The Algorand Foundation will allocate a portion of its $50 million investment to Carnegie Mellon over the next five years.

UPDATE (Sept. 27, 18:42 UTC): Added Algorand Foundation to the list of CMU Blockchain Initiative sponsors and the sentence, "It is the hub for blockchain thought leadership at CMU," to the CyLab paragraph.


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