An Australian university is launching a blockchain program with IBM

RMIT University, an Australian public research university, is adding two new postgraduate programs in cybersecurity and blockchain technology.

The university announced on May 26 that it has partnered with IBM, Palo Alto Networks and Stone & Chalk to offer a Certificate of Completed Cybersecurity and a Certificate of Graduation in Blockchain Business.

The programs are expected to start in October 2020 and will last for nine months.
RMIT introduced the new programs to meet the growing demand for cybersecurity and blockchain professionals.

The report cites reports showing that the Australian cybersecurity industry will almost triple to A $ 6 billion over the next six years, creating demand for 18,000 professionals in Australia.

The blockchain industry is even expected to show 80% annual growth. Currently, however, only one in 20 managers is able to easily find professionals in this field.

Expressing her concern about the growing skills gap in these emerging sectors, Helen Sunes, CEO of RMIT Online, said:

“The unpredictable nature of our current environment requires us to strengthen and accelerate our understanding of the digital landscape. Cybersecurity and blockchain technologies are becoming business-critical skills, and we are providing training so that these skills can be applied to our workforce. “

Rupert Colchester, head of blockchain for IBM Australia and New Zealand, said blockchain graduates would be able to help companies apply the technology in their operations, adding:

“Students will also be able to build more transparent supply chains that can be used in a range of industries ranging from the financial sector to fast-moving consumer goods.”

In February 2020, RMIT University also launched an eight-week blockchain course called Blockchain Strategy Development.

The courses will help students cope with technological requirements and act as leaders who stimulate blockchain acceptance and are able to implement complex cybersecurity strategies.