The program aims to develop skills in the rapidly devolving fields of the digital economy

​Tether launches educational blockchain courses at the Georgian university

24.05.2023 - 15:45


3 min

What’s new? Tether, the issuer of the USDT stablecoin, and Georgia’s Business and Technology University (BTU) signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the development of education in the field of blockchain and cryptocurrencies in the region. As part of the partnership, the parties will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in the devolving digital economy.

Announcement on Tether’s website

Tether is the largest issuer of stablecoins in the crypto market. Centralized USDT, which is pegged to the US dollar, as of May 24, ranks third in the overall cryptocurrency ranking with a capitalization of $83,02 billion.

What else is known? Under the terms of the memorandum, Tether will participate in BTU’s educational programs related to blockchain, cryptocurrency, and peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies. The company will also help the university develop educational courses that will cover topics such as stablecoins, bitcoin, and other technologies that promote financial freedom and freedom of speech.

The program will be implemented in collaboration with the Academy of Digital Industry, a local digital education platform, and Terminal, Georgia’s largest co-working space.

The course will include eight lectures from local and international blockchain experts, guest lecturers, and a project defense at the end of the program. The international lecturers will conduct their introductory lectures in English, but most of the courses will be delivered in Georgian.

The month-long course is designed to give students hands-on experience and knowledge. The collaboration also includes facilitating internships for students at blockchain companies.

“We are excited to work with BTU to help foster the next generation of blockchain experts. This is only the start of our efforts in Georgia and we look forward to announcing more initiatives in the near future,” Tether’s CTO Paolo Ardoino commented on the collaboration.

BTU Rector Nino Enukidze added that the joint work with Tether is an important step towards developing a blockchain education ecosystem in Georgia. This collaboration will create opportunities for students to learn from industry experts and gain practical skills that will allow them to contribute to the development of the digital economy.

Last year, Tether also organized a month-long course called Plan B in Lugano, Switzerland. The educational program drew 86 students from 29 countries, including Italy, Taiwan, Ukraine, Canada, the Netherlands, the UAE, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Australia, and Germany.

Education and cryptocurrencies. In 2023, five leading UK universities launched their own blockchain courses and programs. The initiative was supported by Cambridge, Edinburgh, and Oxford universities, as well as University and Imperial College London. Students who graduate from these programs are expected to have the knowledge and skills to become leaders in blockchain technology and drive innovation in various fields.

In February, Beijing announced the launch of the National Blockchain Technology Innovation Center, which will create a research network involving local universities, think tanks, and blockchain companies. The results of the research will be used to further digitalize China and develop the blockchain industry.

And last year, Input Output Global (IOG), the company that developed the Cardano network, funded a $4,5 million blockchain research center at Stanford University. Also, last year, Twitter co-founder and Block CEO Jack Dorsey and rapper Jay-Z launched free educational courses on cryptocurrencies for all residents of the Marcy Houses social housing neighborhood in New York City, aimed at improving financial literacy and providing students with an additional source of income.

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