Turkey is opening a centre in Istanbul which will run a course aimed at teaching the public about blockchain technology.
The opening of yet another centre aimed at either informing the public or offering further training for blockchain and cryptocurrency professionals may not be surprising given current educational trends, but it is the first in Turkey.
There are now many opportunities for blockchain developers, but clearly not enough skilled technicians to fill these gaps. Toptal, a marketplace for hiring tech talent, recorded a 700% increase in demand for blockchain developers since January 2017. These positions can be well paid. According to Jerry Cuomo, VP of IBM’s Blockchain Technologies division, the best blockchain developers can command a salary above USD 250,000.
There are have been some early starters; institutions offering courses in digital information systems, the blockchain, and cryptocurrency. In the US, the Northeastern University College of Engineering in Boston and George Mason University in Virginia run courses in blockchain technology as part of other Advanced Educational Postgraduate Science programs. The University of Cape Town now offers a cryptocurrency and fintech elective module as part of its wider Data Science Masters program as well.
In Scotland, the University of Sterling – as part of its Financial Technology Masters program, offers participants a primer to blockchain technology, which includes cryptocurrencies, decentralized applications, smart contracts, their applications and case studies.
This latest centre in Turkey, The Istanbul Blockchain and Innovation Center, or BlockchainIST Center for short, has been created to fill what is regarded as a gap in Turkey’s knowledge of blockchain technology and will be taught at University level. The centre has already been inaugurated at the Bahçeşehir University (BAU) at an opening last week.
Bora Erdamar, the centre’s director has suggested that it will be staffed by highly competent blockchain experts from around the world. She stated:
“…the purpose of the Blockchain IST project is to be the most important centre of research and development and innovation in Turkey in which scientific studies and publications are made in blockchain technologies”.
Turkey is another country that has recently stated its intention to become a blockchain hub.
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