By Elias Hazou
THE University of Nicosia (UNIC) has launched a six week, free and open enrolment online course called “Introduction to Digital Currencies”, aimed at anyone wishing to gain a greater understanding of the fundamentals of bitcoin and digital currency in general.
The MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is due to start on May 15, with other sessions starting each month thereafter.
The course will be taught by UNIC computer science and finance professors, as well as bitcoin experts including Andreas Antonopoulos, a UNic teaching fellow.
“It is an excellent opportunity for anyone to develop a good understanding of the technical and non-technical aspects of decentralised currencies in general and, more specifically, explore both bitcoin (the network) and Bitcoin (the currency),” said Antonopoulos, a leading bitcoin expert and entrepreneur.
The MOOC will cover technical, legal, economic and regulatory matters relating to bitcoin and digital currency over a six week period and will be offered free of charge to students worldwide. Future sessions will be offered throughout the year, including in accelerated formats.
More details about the introductory course and a registration form can be found at www.digitalcurrency.unic.ac.cy .
Last November, UNIC became the first accredited university in the world to accept bitcoin for tuition payments and to announce the development of a Master of
Science Degree in Digital Currency. The MOOC is the first course in the master’s degree programme and students who successfully complete the MOOC will be able to apply credits for the course towards the full degree programme.