University of Nicosia
The University of Nicosia (UNIC) is, by most measures, the leading University globally in the digital currency and blockchain field.
The Blockchain Initiative at UNIC has long considered blockchain technology to be a fundamental technological breakthrough with significant financial and societal implications and selected it as one of its three interdisciplinary priorities across all schools and departments of the University. In particular, the objective is to help students, businesses and governments develop a holistic view of the technical, business, legal and societal implications of cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies in order to help build a better societal future.
UNIC has had the earliest and most extensive academic initiative in cryptocurrency and Blockchain, in the world. It was awarded the title of “Biggest Contributor to the Rise of Blockchain in 2018” at 2018’s annual Blockchain Expo, held in RAI, Amsterdam, on 26-27 June 2018. Over the past years, UNIC stands out as the first university to offer a free online course on cryptocurrency, followed by the world’s first accredited academic degree program – MSc in Digital Currency – taught online in since March 2014. In September 2014, UNIC broke new ground by being the first university in the world to issue digital certificates on the Bitcoin blockchain for all of its graduate diplomas. UNIC is also the organizer of DECENTRALIZED, a major conference in Europe focused on the business and political implications of blockchain technologies, and part of the Ripples “University Blockchain Research Initiative”.