One of the biggest and most laureate universities in Latin America approved the launch of a Financial Engineering specialization course, whose modules cover crypto and blockchain-related subjects, marking it a historic landmark across the regionâ€™s educational sector.
Mexicoâ€™s Biggest University Is Set to Teach Crypto Topics on Brand-New Specialization
According to the official announcement in its monthly bulletin, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) said that the new course would be available for both full-time and part-time students, with a duration of two semesters and four semesters, respectively.
The objective of the course reads as follows:
However, the announcement didnâ€™t provide full details on which subtopics will be dedicated to crypto matters. Still, press reports, citing Eloisa Cadenas, CEO of Mexico-based CryptoFintech, pointed out bitcoin and blockchain technology development as topics discussed within the course.
The UNAM clarified that Financial Engineering is aimed at those who have completed a degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Actuary or graduated from related careers in Physical Mathematical Sciences and Engineering.
The inception of crypto-related topics into the university marks the debut at higher-level educational institutions in Latin America. The course is not a diploma course, as itâ€™s a specialization for those who already earned a degree.
UNAMâ€™s Previous Flirting With Blockchain Topics
But this is not the first time that the Mexico City-based university gives room to blockchain-related topics within their academic curriculum.
On August 20, 2020, the UNAMâ€™s Continuing Education Division of the Faculty of Accounting and Administration offered a diploma course in Financial Technologies, which covered fintech, law, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain topics.
According to Webometrics 2020-2, UNAM is the second-best university in Latin America, behind the University of Sao Paulo. The Mexican university is also known for being the educative institution where all three nationâ€™s Nobel laureates â€” Alfonso GarcÃa Robles, Mario Molina, and Octavio Paz â€” completed their studies.
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