Australian academics and educators have called for stronger Web 3.0 education in schools, preparing students for a world that will be dominated by Blockchain technology.
Huxley Peckham, chief trainer of Blockchain Academy International, told Cointelegraph that there are “very few qualified people in the blockchain industry, but there is a high demand for qualified people,” noting that there are at least 60 different industries using blockchain technology worldwide.
Both Peckman and the founder of the Blockchain Academy International, Tim Bowman, They stated that the time has come to rapidly expand blockchain education in schools to prepare for a change in the global economy.
Peckham believes that blockchain education is important as it will allow “the next generation of strategists and consultants will come out with a real head start in this industry,” noting that knowing how to apply technology “will really enhance your career.”
He suggested that the blockchain space is a lucrative industry to enter, noting that he’s seen several jobs in the industry that charge “A$300,000 + incentives.”
Chris Berg, co-director of the Blockchain Innovation Hub at RMIT University, told Cointelegraph that it is vital that students have an insight into “how is the economy, how is the economy changing” in relation to cryptocurrency and blockchain.
Berg firmly believes that students “need to come out of year 12 with an understanding of the changing nature of the economy, and the technologies that will affect it, one of which is blockchain.”
In the meantime, Leigh Traver, CEO of Binance Australia told Cointelegraph that it was imperative that Australian students be able to access the same level of high-quality education on Blockchain technology as those seeking a career in traditional industries.
Travers noted that Binance Australia recently introduced a “Binance Internship”, that allows students to learn from the best about “Web 3.0 and cryptocurrency” Y “hoping to get jobs with it.”
This comes on top of Binance Australia’s plans to form a partnership with Australian universities. so that a “blockchain master’s degree” can be established to help people “enter the metaverse or build it for the future.”
Bowman noted that his academy has “meeting with a school in Brisbane that is going to offer an Applied Blockchain Diploma to its 11 and 12 year old students in 2023.”
Blockchain Academy International is the first approved Blockchain technology education center in Australia for government issued student loans.
This allows Australians to enroll in their courses without having to pay up front, rather than borrow from the Australian government in the same way that university loans are granted.
Bowman said he believes young Australians are already ahead in many ways, recalling a personal experience he had in speaking with an elementary school principal who asked a sixth grade class “who here knows what an NFT is?”, to which “half the class raised their heads hand” before learning that “six students had already bought an NFT”.
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