IFF is considered by many to be the leading university-based research and education institute globally on crypto-currencies and blockchain (distributed ledger technology). UNIC was the first university in the world to accept Bitcoin as a form of tuition payments (in 2013) and the first university to offer a free massive open online course (MOOC) on the subject (in 2014), taught by two of the world’s foremost experts on the subject: Andreas Antonopoulos (author of best-selling books Mastering Bitcoin, Mastering Ethereum, and the Internet of Money) and Antonis Polemitis (UNIC’s CEO). The course has been offered twice a year ever since and has proven a global sensation, with more than 40,000 students from 90 countries having enrolled in it so far.
Among other activities on blockchain education and research, IFF:
- Runs the world’s first and largest full academic program in blockchain education since 2014 (MSc in Digital Currency, https://digitalcurrency.unic.ac.cy).
- Hosts a wide number of research projects funded by the European Commission and industry.
- Organizes Europe’s premier annual business blockchain and crypto-currency conference (Decentralized, https://www.decentralized.com).
- Incubates spin-outs commercializing technology developed at the Institute, for example, Block.co, which aims at providing tamper-proof digital credentials on the blockchain (https://block.co).