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In continuance of its Global Blockchain Education Initiative, blockchain research and development company Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK) has successfully concluded its second programming course on ‘Haskell and Cryptocurrencies’.

The course, which was first offered in Greece last year, was recently delivered to 10 university students for free, over a span of two months (from January 8 to March 2) at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. IOHK also plans to conduct the course in other locations, to encourage greater growth and skill development in regions across the world.

Haskell is an increasingly in-demand programming language that is particularly suited to blockchain development. It has also, incidentally, been used for the Cardano blockchain, of which IOHK is one of the core creators.

The ‘Haskell and Cryptocurrencies’ course provided students both theoretical and practical instruction on Haskell programming, and IOHK plans to offer the most talented graduates of the course an opportunity to work full-time with the company’s newly established Barbados Haskell team. This team will form part of IOHK’s “global network of blockchain research and development laboratories”, and connect academics with students to find solutions for industry-related problems.

The ultimate aim of the course, and IOHK’s Global Blockchain Education Initiative, is to solve the current shortage of Haskell-adept programmers, and usher in a new generation of developers for the greater advancement of the cryptocurrency industry.

Speaking on the initiative, Dr. Lars Brünjes (course instructor and IOHK’s Director of Education) said:

“As blockchain continues to secure its place as one of the fastest growing industries in the world, demand for developers who know Haskell has never been more intense. Since the language is taught far less than traditional programming languages such as Java, IOHK saw an opportunity to bridge the gap in the market and provide students with the chance to learn the intricacies of Haskell.”

“We’re excited to have further iterations of the course down the road and extend IOHK’s global education network to welcome a new generation of advanced developers,” he added.

In addition to conducting the course, IOHK also plans to make donations of $10,000 to the University of the West Indies’ department of Computer Science, $5,000 to the university’s Housing Services, and $4,500 to two students in the form of scholarships and living expenses.

As the crypto industry expands, the demand for skilled developers and professionals has been growing. To cater to the need, several universities have also introduced blockchain and cryptocurrency-related courses, in Russia and Australia, in addition to top universities in the United States, including Stanford and Wharton.