Once again Malta is proving to be on the front line of the developing blockchain technologies, this time in the sphere of education.
The University of Malta and the Malta Information Technology Agency is offering students who wish to pursue studies in blockchain and distributed ledger technology, specifically, specializations in ICT, law, finance, and engineering, will be given scholarships from a $350,000 fund. The scholarship fund, a result of an agreement between the University and the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA), and will be split over three years.
MA and Ph.D. students who are starting their studies and plan to relate their dissertation topics to blockchain technologies will benefit from the scholarship. In order for the course to be eligible for the scholarship, it must be linked to Distributed ledger technology (DLT) and be at least 30 ECTS credits. Full sponsorship will be provided for such courses.
Junior Minister for the digital economy, Silvio Schembri, believes that such a program will draw the attention of crypto companies to Malta.
“These companies need technical resources both to build and to operate by use of this technology, as well as experts in financial services, law, and managerial roles. We look forward to see the first Maltese occupying these important and well-paid roles whilst also hoping that these will expand considerably in the future as the industry continues to grow here in Malta.”
We are determined to strengthen our human resource to cater for the new emergent sector. Just launched a €300, 000 Blockchain and DLT scholarships fund via an agreement between @MITAmalta and @uniofmalta . @EvaristBartolo @tonysultana pic.twitter.com/aaQfIzVdqI— Silvio Schembri (@SilvioSchembri) August 29, 2018
The university will continue reviewing degrees including those that are linked to blockchain and crypto, in order to keep up with the government's plans to make Malta the blockchain island.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
- People wishing to study blockchain-related technologies for a scholarship now know where they can go to fulfill such desires.
- Malta is rather rapidly establishing itself as one of the friendliest countries for blockchain anything, be it laws, businesses or education.