The University of British Columbia (UBC) announced that it is launching Canada’s first blockchain course for graduate students in January next year.
The blockchain and distributed ledger technology training path for graduate students aims to build capacity for existing master’s and PhD students in this area and help scale Canada’s blockchain industry, UBC said in a statement.
The first in Canada offering multidisciplinary graduate education in blockchain technology, the training path will focus on four primary sectors: health and wellness, clean energy, regulatory technology and Indigenous issues.
The first batch consisting of 139 students will be trained over six years.
The initiative is supported by 15 industry partners who will be offering students internships in their institutions.
Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that works with federal and municipal governments to support industrial innovation, will contribute $1.32 million to fund 18 master’s and eight PhD internships.
Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. will be a flagship partner, providing funding to support research to apply blockchain technology in health care.
Although blockchain has emerged as a powerful method of providing security and trust in handling data, with a number of technical, economic, social and political applications, there is still shortage of qualified professionals in the industry.