The University of Malta Launches Blockchain and DLT-Focused Masters Program

Malta, famed as the ‘blockchain island,’ has rolled out a blockchain-focused Masters Program created by two professors, Ellul and Dr. Gordon Pace, from the University of Malta’s computer science department.

Launched this month, the University of Malta’s Masters in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) also began its first inaugural semester in the same month. About 35 students registered for the country’s DLT-focused Masters Program, which will see them work a focus concentration for three semesters while taking courses in two other fields.

The Masters’ blockchain course aims at training the students in DLT-related regulations, business, and finance, as well as in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Additionally, Joshua Ellul, the Masters Program Director and chairman of Malta Digital Innovation Authority, noted that the full range of courses would further assist the students in learning about many different crypto-related topics.

Per the report, the development is notably one of the few such programs in the world, with Joshua Ellul, adding that 15 companies have already contacted his DLT program students. He also disclosed that there’s a high demand for government-led blockchain contracts, initiatives, and projects.

Ellul added:

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,’

Malta Only Joined The Trend

Amid the exciting news from the ‘blockchain island,’ students around the world are showing interest in learning about the concept of cryptocurrency and blockchain.

Back in 2014, the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, broke records when it offered the first online-based Master of Science degree in Digital Currency.

The 2nd Annual Coinbase survey, as Coinfomania reported in August, confirmed that higher institutions are gaining more students for courses on digital currencies as well as their underlying blockchain technology. 

While the University of Malta is offering a Master’s program for blockchain, Arizona State University, on the other hand, will use blockchain to monitor degree completion of students.


The University of Malta block courtesy of the Institution.

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