University of Nicosia’s course on “NFTs & the Metaverse” receives award by INATBA for the “Most Exciting Project in Education” in 2023

On January 31st, The International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) organized an Awards Ceremony and Gala event in Brussels to recognize blockchain excellence, and presented groundbreaking NFT Awards.

The University of Nicosia’s course on NFTs & the Metaverse received the award for the ‘Most Exciting Project in Education’ in 2023.

UNIC’s open introductory course to NFTs and the Metaverse, the first ever university course to be delivered on-chain and in the metaverse, has over 20,000 registrants and is taught by world-renowned lecturers. The award attests to UNIC’s eight-year track record as the leading university in the field of blockchain and the metaverse.

During the event, INATBA honoured the top contributors of its working groups, and has given Special Awards to personalities as well as organizations such as the European Commission which received the award for advancing international public policy cooperation on blockchain technologies. INATBA presented the awards for the Most Exciting Projects of 2023, using cutting-edge Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), offering a ‘secure and unique way of recognising and celebrating achievements.

Professor George Giaglis, IFF’s Executive Director stated: “I would like to thank INATBA for this incredible honour of receiving the award for the most exciting project in blockchain education. We are humbled and grateful to be recognized for the hard work and dedication that our team has put into this course. I would like to express my gratitude to all the students that attended the course; we could not have achieved this without their support. The University of Nicosia remains committed to continue making history in blockchain education”.

About the University of Nicosia (UNIC) and the MOOC on “NFTs & the Metaverse”

The University of Nicosia (UNIC) has been a leader in cryptocurrency education and research since 2014, when it taught the world’s first for-credit cryptocurrency course. UNIC launched the world’s first-degree program focused on blockchain and digital assets, MSc in Blockchain and Digital Currency in 2014. Today, UNIC has educated over 100,000 students from 120+ countries in academic and professional training courses, hosts the world’s largest team of faculty and staff focused on crypto-assets and blockchains, and serves as the academic lead for the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum.
The free online course “Introduction to NFTs and the Metaverse” has been developed and launched as part of the UNIC Open Metaverse Initiative, a new comprehensive initiative by UNIC’s Institute For the Future (IFF), focused on the academic, research and policy issues relating to the metaverse, with a particular emphasis on open public systems and standards.

The open introductory course on NFTs and the Metaverse, is delivered on-chain and in the metaverse. This course is taught by UNIC faculty and @punk6529 – a deeply influential thinker on NFTs and the metaverse and one of the largest NFT collectors in the world – along with an incredible array of 50+ guest panelists and lecturers, including:

  • Fred Wilson, Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures
  • Balaji Srinivasan, General Partner at a16z and former CTO at Coinbase
  • Keith Grossman, President of TIME Magazine
  • Chris Dixon, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz
  • Beeple, the highest selling artist in NFT history
  • and many more artists, entrepreneurs, financiers and members of the NFT/metaverse ecosystem.


Launched in 2019 by the European Commission, INATBA – International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications, is a highly influential Association in advocating for Blockchain and DLT adoption in Europe and globally. INATBA is mainly known for its credibility with regulatory authorities and policymakers and is appraised for its contributions to Markets in Crypto Asset Regulation (MICA), Transfer of Funds Regulation (TFOR), electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services (eIDAS), CHAISE Project, EU Pact for Skills, Academic & Governmental Advisory Bodies, and its passionate diverse global community of CEOs, CTOs, Heads of Policy, Public/Institutional Relations, Legal, Marketing & BizDev, Developers, Policymakers. To learn more, visit