University of Nicosia (Cyprus) Binance Charity and UNIC Partner to Provide Scholarships to World’s Leading MSc in Blockchain

Binance Charity, the philanthropic arm of Binance, the world’s leading cryptocurrency and blockchain infrastructure provider, and The Institute for the Future (IFF) of the University of Nicosia (UNIC), announced their partnership. The partnership will see Binance Charity provide five full scholarships for prospective students from Cyprus and Greece to study the world’s leading graduate programme in the field, MSc in Blockchain and Digital Currency, offered by UNIC.

The announcement was made during the first ever Binance Meetup to take place in Nicosia, Cyprus, on 22 November 2022.

Helen Hai, Head of Binance Charity, comments “We’re proud to be able to remove the financial barriers that often come hand in hand with higher education, opening doors that some may have considered closed.”

Hai continues; “This partnership fills an important gap that exists today between the supply of and demand for academic knowledge in the areas of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology.  More specifically, while the interest in blockchain has skyrocketed in the past few years, other  academic institutions have been slow to run academic programmes that cover the need for educating specialists in the area.”

Commenting on the new partnership, IFF Executive Director, Professor George Giaglis, noted: “We are extremely happy to welcome Binance to the family of our students’ sponsors and supporters. This partnership will help cement UNIC’s reputation as a leading provider of academic education and world-class research in digital assets and blockchain. We are looking forward to working with Binance to welcome more Cypriot, Greek, and international students to our programmes and educate the crypto leaders of tomorrow.”

The MSc in Blockchain and Digital Currency is the world’s first and the leading master’s degree in the field, with more than 1,350 students enrolled since 2014. In line with UNIC’s declared objective in expanding accessibility to and affordability of higher education, the programme is made available to students worldwide through both an online and on-campus formats.

Students of the MSc in Blockchain and Digital Currency programme will study modules in law and regulation in blockchain, digital currency, principles of money, banking & finance,  entrepreneurship management as well as blockchain systems and architectures, all focused on existing and emerging crypto applications, such as Decentralized Finance (DeFi) and asset tokenization.will study modules in law, finance & economics, business management, and computer science, all focused on existing and emerging crypto applications, such as Decentralized Finance (DeFi) and asset tokenization.

Moreover, graduates are vigorously recruited into a range of interdisciplinary positions at the intersection between management, computer science, and finance, by top employers in the US, the UK, and Western Europe.

As a result of this partnership, UNIC will join a global network of like minded academic institutions involved in Web3 and Blockchain that Binance Charity is establishing, including UC Berkeley, Frankfurt School Blockchain Centre and University of Western Australia. The learnings and insights from this network will be shared across our industry to inform the future of Web3 education.

University of Nicosia has been a leader in cryptocurrency education and research since 2014, when it taught the world’s first for-credit cryptocurrency course. UNIC has since educated over 100,000 students in academic and professional training courses, and hosts the world’s largest team of faculty and staff focused on crypto-assets and blockchains. Further, it serves as the academic lead for the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum (a European Commission initiative to accelerate the development of blockchain within the EU) and also was selected to advise and train the European Central Bank (ECB) on future technology trends.

Binance Charity continues to be driven by its commitment to building a better ecosystem for blockchain and cryptocurrency, making financial opportunity accessible to everyone. Binance Charity seeks to demonstrate the power of blockchain and cryptocurrency for societal and economic good, through global philanthropic investments into education and development.