A master’s degree in Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and blockchain is currently available at the University of Malta.
Fintech-centered news agency CrowdfundInsider revealed the making of the new graduate degree on October 21, also taking note that around 35 students are enrolled for the course.
The director of the master’s program and chairman of Malta Digital Innovation Authority, Joshua Ellul, said during Malta’s DELTA Summit on October 3 that 15 organizations have already reached out to the students of the course. He additionally clarified the thinking that carried the program to existence:
“We noticed a huge problem between techies and lawyers and business professionals. There was a communication disconnect between us. We thought: ‘this would be the perfect place to have a master’s, one serving the multidisciplinary purposes of the different specializations.'”
In the summer of 2018, the University of Malta collaborated with the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) to set up a €300,000 ($335,000) blockchain and distributed ledger technology scholarship fund.
The course’s overview highlighted on the university’s site clarifies the extent of the course:
“The multi-disciplinary Master of Science in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies aims to attract students having an undergraduate first degree in ICT, Business or Law. […] The program provides both an interdisciplinary view of Blockchain and DLT, as well as specialization within either an Information and Communications Technology, Law or Business area.”
Malta has earned for itself the moniker of “blockchain island” with its blockchain, DLT, and cryptocurrency-friendly guideline and rules.