Best Universities for Blockchain 2022: Nanjing University

The No. 46-ranked school started the first joint university-industry research lab. This story is part of CoinDesk's Education Week.

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Located in Jiangsu province northwest of Shanghai, Nanjing University has the oldest university-industry joint research lab in higher education.

This piece is part of CoinDesk's Education Week

2022 Rank
(+/- 2021)
University Name
46 (NEW)
Nanjing University
Asia and Pacific

Back in 2017, the School of Information Management of Nanjing University partnered with a Chinese technology company to establish the PeerTech Innovation Lab, focusing on promoting and researching blockchain technology development and use cases.

Today Nanjing has The Blockchain Lab, led by associate professor Xiaowei Ding, who as a doctoral candidate worked at Stanford's Advanced Financial Technologies Laboratory. In 2020, the Blockchain Lab created the Blockchain + AI and Digital FinTech Innovations course under the guidance of the Ministry of Education in China. The lab also has worked with leading fintech companies such as WeBank, a private Chinese neo-bank backed by tech giant Tencent.

Nanjing University has yet to offer any degrees or courses in blockchain. But its scholars have published 85 blockchain papers since 2019, which received 1,176 citations.


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Xinyi Luo

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