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The government of Gibraltar and the University of Gibraltar have joined forces to establish an advisory group with the primary goal of developing a blockchain-related learning course, the Gibraltar Chronicle reported yesterday.

The New Technologies in Education (NTiE) party is a cooperation between Gibraltar’s government, Univerity of Gibraltar and technology startups operating in Gibraltar. The group will try to fill the gap between supply and demand for professional blockchain gurus, who will serve both in the private sector and the government structures.

The project is expected to begin at the end of 2018 and will be driven by “significant input” from blockchain startups waiting to be licensed by Gibraltar’s Financial Services Commission.

We will provide access to entirely new courses with experts from companies using blockchain technology in the private sector. This expert input is the most significant component in creating and sustaining distributed ledger technology (DLT) and its community in Gibraltar.” Gabriel Lucidi stated. Lucidi is in the Queen’s Counsel and a Minister with responsibility for the University of Gibraltar.

Within the courses, the educational institution will receive and experience diverse expertise in the blockchain, DLT, smart contracts and coding. This expertise will eventually lead to the University of Gibraltar issuing genuine Professional Certificate of Competence in blockchain.

“The start of NTie is another step towards enhancing the momentum Gibraltar has gained as a hub for fintech and new technologies. NTiE is the natural consequence of our plan to become the first country to create and initiate a set of laws for Distributed Ledger Technology.” John Cortes, Minister of Education in Gibraltar’s government, stated.

Cortes also mentioned that only a third of all universities around the globe give the opportunity for blockchain-related courses. At least for now, the United States is the most preferred location for such classes.

In September, the New York University through its Stern School of Business offered the first major’s degree in blockchain technology. For this school year, NYU has reportedly doubled the number of courses offered, due to the massive interest in the blockchain.

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