UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA PLANS TO BE FIRST TO TEACH FACEBOOK’S LIBRA

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The University of Geneva is teaching Facebook’s new currency Libra in its blockchain programming course starting in September. A new module is being introduced specifically to cover Libra Blockchain and the associated Move programming language. Jean-Marc Seigneur from UNIGE says talks are already underway with Libra regarding collaboration on education: “The most advanced parts of Libra blockchain, the technical parts, might be taught by developers of Calibra, for example.”

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