Asian Schools Lead CoinDesk’s Ranking of Top Universities for Blockchain

On average, European universities score the next highest, followed by U.S. schools. We also score institutions for tuition cost.

AccessTimeIconOct 7, 2021 at 9:35 p.m. UTC
Updated Apr 10, 2024 at 3:05 a.m. UTC

Published this week, the Top Universities for Blockchain by CoinDesk serves as a valuable resource for people looking to study this increasingly important technology. The rankings cover courses, research output, campus blockchain offerings (like student clubs and research centers), employment outcomes, academic reputation and cost, and offer a snapshot of which institutions are investing most heavily in this area.

Clear regional trends emerge from the data, showing Oceana/Australia, United States/Canada and Europe are moving forward collectively speaking. Here are the major trends we discovered.

Average Score by Region

Asian and Australian schools took the regional lead with an average scaled score of 63 points. European universities were second with an average scaled score of 60 points, and American and Canadian schools followed closely behind with an average scaled score of 59 points.

Curious about how these scores were calculated? Our detailed methodology page can be found here.

Average Cost by Region

CoinDesk collected unsubsidized tuition data for all of the top 50 universities for blockchain. This category had the highest degree of variation. The top Canadian and American blockchain schools tended to have the heftiest tuitions, averaging $52,000 for one year of study.

The top European blockchain schools were the second most affordable, with an average cost of $16,700 for one year of education. The most affordable blockchain schools are in Asia and Australia, with an average yearly tuition of $12,000. It is important to note, however, that these tuition costs don’t factor in financial aid, government subsidies, scholarships and miscellaneous fees.

Research output by region

One of the key metrics used to identify the research output for the top universities for blockchain is the number of blockchain-related research papers published by a university. Regionally, Asian and Australian schools were first in research output, publishing an average of 60 blockchain-related research papers per school. European universities published an average of 40 blockchain-related papers per school, and American and Canadian schools published an average of 27 blockchain-related research papers per school.


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