Distributed ledger technology with decentralized transaction systems can fundamentally change the financial world. In order to strengthen research in this field, the Rectorate of the University of Basel appointed the economist Fabian Schär as assistant professor. This endowed professorship is financed by Credit Suisse Asset Management (Schweiz) AG.
With Fabian Schär, the University of Basel will receive its first “Endowed Professor of Innovative Finance Technologies” focusing on distributed ledger technology and FinTech. As can be seen from the press release of the University of Basel, this professorship is financed by Credit Suisse Asset Management AG.
Prof. Dr. Fabian Schär is currently managing director of the research center “Center for Innovative Finance” CIF at the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Basel. His research interests include applications based on blockchain technology, such as smart contracts, the transfer of assets to blockchain-based entities, and other aspects of distributed ledger technology (DLT). In 2017, Schär received his doctorate in one of the first scientific publications on digital means of payment and capital investments, which combines economics, cryptography and computer science. (This later appeared under the title “Bitcoin, Blockchain and Kryptoassets”). Dr. Fabian Schär opposite BTC-ECHO:
To my knowledge, this is the first university professorship dedicated to distributed ledger and blockchain. It is a great honor to be able to take this position and I am pleased that I can continue to dedicate myself to the research and knowledge transfer of blockchain technology. I am convinced that the subject of Blockchain must be considered holistically. That is why one of my major goals is to further promote interdisciplinary teaching and research. The University of Basel offers six blockchain lectures and seminars, all of which combine economic aspects with cryptography and computer science. We go deep into the technical details of protocols and programming. In total, over 600 students have already attended blockchain lectures at the University of Basel and we are playing with the idea of launching a special area of specialization for the master’s program. In addition, there are some interesting research projects in the pipeline, but I can not give any details yet. But what I can tell you is that there will be several doctoral positions in the next few weeks. The aim is to enlarge the team and further expand research and teaching. that several PhD positions will be announced in the next few weeks. The aim is to enlarge the team and further expand research and teaching. that several PhD positions will be announced in the next few weeks. The aim is to enlarge the team and further expand research and teaching.
The “Credit Suisse Asset Management Switzerland Professorship for Distributed Ledger Technology / Fintech” will be set up as assistant professor (without tenure track) for five years at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration on September 1, 2018.
The professorship is dedicated to the research of distributed ledger technologies. It examines the uses and applications of financial markets and industry, as well as the potential impact of these technological innovations on society. In the fall semester of 2018, the professorship will play a central role in teaching and research.
In May we met Fabian Schär together with Aleksander Berentsen for an interview. They told us why Bitcoin will prevail, why the era of cash is coming to an end, and why fiat currencies are just a bubble.
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