Russia’s First Blockchain School Launches in Moscow

Russia has its first blockchain school, with classes scheduled to begin next month. The establishment will focus on the technical aspects of the Ethereum blockchain.

The first blockchain school in Russia has opened in Moscow’s Phystechpark, a tech hub for human capital and business development. The course program will focus on the technical aspects of blockchain rather than business-related elements and use cases. The first lesson will be held on March 1, 2018.

The press release from Osnova, the holding behind Phystechpark, stated:

“On February 12, the Moscow School of Programmers and the Metropolitan IT hub Phystechpark signed an agreement to launch the training course ‘Introduction to Application Development on Ethereum Blockchain’.”

This is the first initiative in Russia aimed at training developers and teaching blockchain programming basics.

The Phystechpark is next to the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, so it will be convenient for the young programmers to attend the course.

The students will get familiar with the theory of organization and architecture of blockchain networks and will also be trained in the practice of Ethereum-based applications.

The Moscow School of Programmers will design the course materials while Phystechpark will work to attract industry experts. The program is meant to last for one semester, with students selected on a competitive basis.

Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of the Ethereum platform, will act as project consultant.

“This program is unique for our students for two reasons. Firstly, they will be able to join the most up-to-date blockchain technology at a high technical level, accessible only in several universities of the world. Therefore, not only our current students are invited to the course, but also graduates of the school who are now continuing their studies in technical universities. Secondly, the best guys will be able to apply the acquired knowledge in practice, by training at tech companies in Phystechpark, and in the long term, get interesting and highly paid jobs,” said Sergei Shedov, head of the Moscow School of Programmers.

Herman Gref, the head of Russia’s largest lender, Sberbank, earlier said that the country would need from 8 to 10 years to fully adopt blockchain.