PSB Academy and ACCESS launches Diploma in Blockchain with Skilltree, this is the first-ever education programme to provide students with a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) certificate of completion from the Ethereum Foundation
PSB Academy partners with ACCESS and Skilltree in preparing course materials, curriculum and connecting students to industry leaders on the Skilltree platform
SINGAPORE, 17 June 2021 - PSB Academy, one of Singapore's leading private education institutions, will be offering a ‘Diploma in Blockchain’ programme for students from July 2021 onwards. The course is jointly-developed by PSB Academy, ACCESS, a non-profit association for the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry in Singapore, and Skilltree, a sustainable educational ecosystem for teachers, experts, and students. This is the world’s first academic programme to be supported by the Ethereum Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting Ethereum and related technologies. Upon completion of the one-year course, students will be awarded with a Diploma in Blockchain. The course equips individuals with extensive blockchain knowledge and the skills needed to pursue professional endeavours within the industry.
“As blockchain technology continues to dominate the financial domain, giving birth to cryptocurrencies, decentralised systems and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), it is important that our students are given the opportunity to equip themselves with the skills, tools and knowledge in the subject. PSB Academy continues to ensure that our curriculum and offering remains relevant for our students, so that they are truly future-ready. We are honoured to have ACCESS and Skilltree on board as co-developers of this course and we hope that their vast experience, expertise and knowledge in the field would translate to an enriching education for our students,” said Mr Derrick Chang, CEO of PSB Academy.
The course is designed to introduce students to decentralised technologies and give a technical understanding of how blockchain operates. With this knowledge, students will then be able to apply it in real-time scenarios. The diploma course will begin with an introduction to programming, followed by an overview of blockchain technology, and conclude with students gaining exposure to coding language, tools and frameworks used in building a decentralised application. Their usage of the Ethereum software and technology will allow them to earn an onchain certificate of completion from the Ethereum Foundation.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to fulfil these objectives:
- Have a comprehensive understanding of decentralised systems, their functions and the effects it has on an organisation and industries as a whole
- Appreciate the differences between centralised and decentralised solutions
- Be able to identify how to meaningfully integrate blockchain technology into business
- Have an in-depth understanding of the history and latest developments in blockchain
- Be able to appraise existing blockchain solutions, identifying existing challenges and propose new solutions
- Gain understanding of the Solidity smart contract programming language
- Have a basic understanding of code exploits, attack vectors and methods to tackle them
- Be able to develop and code real-world blockchain solutions on the Ethereum blockchain
- Have knowledge on Blockchain Interoperability and its implications
PSB Academy, in conjunction with the Skilltree team, will be involved in the development of curriculum on the Skilltree platform, which the educators from PSB Academy will then deliver to students. ACCESS will be responsible for providing industry expertise, case studies, and career opportunities for students who have enrolled in the course. Students will also be receiving an NFT certificate from the Ethereum Foundation to verify that they have completed the course, a first of its kind from the Ethereum Foundation.
“Singapore’s position as one of the largest financial hubs and technology leaders in Asia allows it to be one of the key markets in the utilisation of blockchain technology, and the development of talents in the industry. This partnership with PSB Academy is a key milestone in Singapore’s education landscape, proving that blockchain technology will be a mainstay in Singapore’s data journey. PSB Academy is also well-positioned to host this course given its vision to nurture future talents with global orientation, and ACCESS shares the same belief,” added Anson Zeall, Chairman of ACCESS.
About PSB Academy
Once known as Singapore’s Productivity and Standards Board, PSB Academy is known today as “The Future Academy”, with an approach to education that focuses on what really matters: performance in the New Economy. In 2019, the Academy was conferred “Best Educational Institute - Singapore” by APAC Insider and earned two consecutive SBR National Business Awards in 2017/18 in the Education category for outstanding work in the region.
Today, we host over 12,000 students from over 50 nationalities with our slate of certificate, diploma, degree and short courses.
ACCESS is a non-profit organisation for the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry in Singapore. Members represent a spectrum of businesses within the Singapore blockchain and cryptocurrency space, including exchanges, merchant transaction services, vending machines suppliers and miners, and abide by a Code of Conduct that is in line with our mission statement. ACCESS has grown its membership from seven companies since its establishment in 2014 to over 400 companies today.
Skilltree, the learning provider under Akomba U, has a mission to unlock the potential in every person with a customizable and sustainable educational ecosystem, producing and accessing high-quality knowledge. The Skilltree platform makes it possible for teachers, experts, and students to monetize their knowledge through blockchain technology, sharing it with the world. Even course sponsors can benefit from joining this sustainable ecosystem. This initial course developed with the support of the Ethereum Foundation shall also be a candidate for endorsement by the Ethereum Foundation.
With decades of experience in the industry, the Skilltree team has worked with the Ethereum Foundation, Consensys, and dozens of other companies. This project is the distillation of their expansive combined experience using blockchains. For more information please visit: https://skilltree.org.
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