Top Blockchain University: Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Ranked sixth, PolyU forges powerful alliances for the advancement of blockchain technology.
Updated May 11, 2023 at 5:16 p.m. UTC

Hong Kong Polytechnic is the oldest technical education institution in Hong Kong and now works to build the future by engaging heavily with the global academic conversation around blockchain and cryptocurrency.

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The university’s computing department is engaged in research around blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Academics attached to the institution have authored papers on topics ranging from the high-level information engineering behind bitcoin to investor attitudes towards bitcoin over the last decade.

The Internet and Mobile Computing Lab conducts two different angles of research into blockchain. The first looks at “big data sharing as the killer application of blockchain,” while the second sees blockchain as a service and provides a generic blockchain as a service platform.

Man Ho Au, an associate professor at the department of computing, is on the committee of the Hong Kong Blockchain Society research and development division. He has authored a catalogue of academic works on blockchain and crypto, with titles including “Aggregating Crowd Wisdom via Blockchain.”

In 2018, Hong Kong Polytechnic University launched the city’s first blockchain and crypto research laboratory, assembling academic and industry participants, in partnership with Monash University and an Australian investment firm.

The university offers or has recently offered seminars for computing students on the blockchain ecosystem, decentralized crowdsourcing, smart contracts and more. Students have been able to attend seminars given by visiting Hong Kong blockchain entrepreneurs such as Steven Lee, founder of

Hong Kong has an illustrious place in the brief history of blockchain and crypto. The world’s largest stablecoin, tether, was created in the city as was the crypto derivatives exchange FTX Trading, to name just two. Hong Kong’s financial regulations have been relatively friendly to crypto as well. Students settling in the city might find opportunities aplenty on their doorstep.

This article was originally published on Nov 23, 2021 at 9:49 p.m. UTC


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