RMIT Online moves to meet high demand for blockchain skills with two new Australian university first courses

RMIT Online moves to meet high demand for blockchain skills with two new Australian university first courses

New courses provide a deep dive into blockchain infrastructure, design and build teaching industry-relevant skills to give professionals and students future work opportunities.

  • Designing Blockchain Solutions will help students further their understanding of the technology solutions through various blockchain platforms and Developing Blockchain Applications will teach students how to design blockchain infrastructure for their own business needs.
  • RMIT’s first short course on blockchain, Developing Blockchain Strategy, launched 19 March and sold out globally within 48 hours.
  • Created in partnership with Accenture, Stone & Chalk and Flex Dapps the courses are the only Australian university-backed courses and are part of RMIT Online’s short course portfolio.

After the successful launch of Australia’s first blockchain university short course, Developing Blockchain Strategy, RMIT Online today announced the launch of two additional blockchain courses that will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the technology, including the understanding of how to design blockchain infrastructure, to further their skills and learn how to think strategically about implementing a blockchain solution into the core of their businesses.

Accenture, an industry leader in blockchain, identified a skills gap in qualified blockchain professionals, prompting the partnership with RMIT Online to add Designing Blockchain Solutions (commences 8 October) and Developing Blockchain Applications (commences 21 January) to its robust program offerings. The courses are part of RMIT Online’s short course portfolio comprising industry-endorsed short courses that aim to bridge important skills gaps among executives, professionals and those looking to future-proof their careers in a more accessible manner.

Designing Blockchain Solutions will support students ‒ from managers, entrepreneurs and consultants to tech enthusiasts and software developers ‒ to develop an understanding of distributed ledger technologies infrastructure on a more technical level without needing to have programming skills. Various blockchain platforms, including Ethereum and those within the Hyperledger project (Sawtooth, Fabric and Composer), will be explored.

The announcement of the two courses follows the unveiling of a recent initiative in partnership with leading digital credentialing platform, Credly, that gives students blockchain-enabled digital credentials.

Global investment in blockchain is expected to surpass $2 billion by 2021, showcasing how quickly the technology has moved from its research and development phase to real world, market applications. RMIT’s industry-relevant partnerships represent its continued commitment to remaining at the forefront of helping students, professionals, and employers realise the potential of blockchain to fill gaps in industry.

RMIT Online CEO Helen Souness said, “Our first short course on blockchain, Developing Blockchain Strategy, sold out in 48 hours to students across the globe.”

“We’re excited to be pioneering these courses with our expert partners at Accenture, Stone & Chalk and Flex Dapps in upskilling and inspiring professionals to explore real-life applications of blockchain technology within their businesses.”

Courses run from six weeks and are fully credentialed by RMIT University. Interested students should have a basic understanding of how distributed ledger technology works.

More information can be found here