A Namibian university is set to offer a master’s degree in blockchain technology starting in 2024, a senior staff member at the institution said. The university is already working to “inculcate” content based on blockchain technology into its Level 8 programmes.
Blockchain is the future
The head of the university’s IT department, Samuel Nungolo, said that the Namibian higher education institution, University of Namibia (UNAM), is set to offer a blockchain-related course starting in 2024.
Nungolo, chair of the UNAM Steering Committee on a Master’s Degree in Blockchain Technology, told Bitcoin.com News that by offering the degree program, the university hopes to “lay the foundation for a potential incubation of technology startups from the skills that this program will create in the country.”
Asked why UNAM chose to offer a Level 9 master’s degree programme, Nuungulu said:
Blockchain is the future and we thought it necessary to use this degree as a pioneer in developing these much needed skills in the country and the continent as a whole.
The rector also revealed that the university is already “integrating” blockchain-based content into UNAM’s Level 8 programs, which the institution hopes to serve in the Senate by next year.
The UNAM Steering Committee on the Master of Science in Blockchain also includes Gurvy Kavei, the author of a recently published book that seeks to help readers understand the basics of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. In a recent interview with Bitcoin.com News, Kavei similarly confirmed that the university will offer a blockchain course.
He said reports that the central bank is considering issuing a digital currency, as well as proposals to use blockchain-based solutions in both the public and private sectors, necessitated the introduction of the certification program.
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