The main objective is to expand knowledge about blockchain technology, which has generated changes in the world.
Blockchain has had a positive impact on different sectors of the world. Among the key industries that it will impact the most are those ones that are most related to the blockchain world, such as the banking and investment sector.
But there are other advantages offered by this technology, such as the use of smart contracts, the collaborative economy, crowdfunding,the protection of intellectual property, stock markets, among others, but mainly, file storage and the Internet of things (IoT).
In order to know how to use and take advantage of this technology, as well as to conduct research related to that topic, the School of Management of the Spanish University Pompeu Fabraand the consulting firm Izertis created the subject that will be named Izertis, like the consulting firm.
The objective is to contribute to strategic decision making in the different business sectors and be a reference in the development of technologies and solutions linked to blockchain technology.
In this way, it will seek to train professionals specialized in the discipline. For this, teachers and researchers will be responsible for generating knowledge related to blockchain technology.
The consulting firm will grant scholarships to people who wish to pursue a Master degree in blockchain at Pompeu Fabra University. The company also will receive students who are in professional practices to complete their training.
In addition, as another important incentive, three prizes will be given to the best final graduate projects.
Activities will also be organized to disseminate the most important information about blockchain technology, such as congresses and special conferences.
Izertis is a reference in the development of technologies and solutions linked to blockchain. For this, it works for companies such as CAPSA, Petronor, among others.
Pompeu Fabra University promised to assign teaching staff in order to research and share knowledge related to blockchain technology.
These activities to share knowledge are conducted through conferences in collaboration with Alastria; an association with more than 400 members that promote blockchain technology in Spain.
The research activities would focus on business and consumer models with blockchain technology and also it will focus on the needs of society, as well as the products and services that society may need.
Until now, the Izertis subject will last three years and its director will be Dr. Luz Parrondo, Director of the postgraduate degree in blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies at the BSM-Pompeu Fabra University.
Opportunities in Latin America
In the Latin American continent, especially in countries like Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Colombia, there is at least one university offering courses related to blockchain technology.
The Sergio Arboleda University of Bogotá, Colombia, offers the diploma in Blockchain and Development of Decentralized Applications on Ethereum (DApps), with a duration of 80 academic hours.
In the same vein, in Mexico, the International University of La Rioja (UNIR) offers the diploma “University Expert in Development of Blockchain Applications”, which lasts four months and is online.
In Brazil and Argentina, the Introduction to Blockchain, Bitcoin and Smart Contracts course was launched. It would last four weeks through the virtual field of the Faculty of Economic and Statistical Sciences of the National University of Rosario (UNR).
In Chile, the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) opened a diploma in Blockchain, with a duration of 102 hours and in Peru, the Norbet Wiener University offers the Specialized “Course of Blockchain Management I”.
The academic offer related to blockchain technology continues to grow, in a world that relies on the advantages that blockchain offers.
By María Rodríguez