柏林ESMT宣布接受比特币支付 高校或成数字货币新市场

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柏林ESMT宣布接受比特币支付 高校或成数字货币新市场

 近日,德国私立商业大学柏林ESMT宣布,将在收取包括学费在内的各种费用时增加“比特币支付”选项,而这也使得柏林ESMT成为德国高等教育学院中第一个接受比特币支付学杂费用的大学。

柏林ESMT由25家德国跨国公司和机构(包括宝马,博世,SAP,西门子,德国汉莎航空公司和戴姆勒)组成的大型集团设立,提供全职执行官MBA以及管理硕士学位等多个学位课程。截至2015年12月,学校的基金总额为1.342亿欧元,收益为2,880万欧元。

ESMT商学院是德国第一个接受比特币的学校

在一份相关声明中,ESMT首席财务官Georg Garlichs表示:“将比特币作为常规支付方法是数字化的必然结果。特别是对没有运行良好的银行系统的国家之间的国际交易来说,即时免费的数字货币转账功能有着巨大的优势,这使得将比特币作为接受付款的手段变得非常具有吸引力。”

ESMT高级教育高级副院长Christopher Burger认为,比特币是“最成熟的区块链应用程序”,而区块链可以帮助减少交易成本,并提供P2P市场。他还强调,比特币的基础创新“也有助于个人数据的个人营销,在与数据使用者进行谈判时为数据所有者提供了更高的谈判地位,特别是在大数据时代。”

越来越多的学校接受比特币

据悉,ESMT并不是世界上第一个接受加密货币作为付款方式的机构。

2013年底,塞浦路斯Nicosia大学宣布成为世界上第一个接受比特币的大学。该公告还表明在其课程中增加了一个新课程:数字货币硕士学位。第二个月,一位南非比特币使用者Francois Rossouw支付了1.68544比特币(当时为1055欧元)就读这所大学的MBA学位,这标志着第一次使用比特币支付学位学费。

2014年1月,英国Cumbria大学在全国范围内首次接受比特币学费。2014年10月,澳大利亚Flinders大学也在全国内首次开始接受比特币。

最近,一家提供法律、经济、政治和其他研究课程的捷克研究机构CEVRO也宣布开始接受比特币支付其三个硕士课程的学费。

 

In a German first, ESMT Berlin, a state-accredited private business university will accept bitcoin as a currency “for all payments” including tuition.

Announced today, the business school revealed that it is now the first German institute of higher education to accept bitcoin as payment for tuition and all other payments toward the university.

Hailing bitcoin as a digital currency that facilitates worldwide money transfers within minutes and without the need for a bank, the Berlin-based international business school underlined bitcoin as “the most well-developed blockchain application.”

In statements, ESMT chief financial officer Georg Garlichs opined that the acceptance of bitcoin was an inevitable consequence with the advent of the digital economy.

He stated:

Integrating bitcoin as a routine method of payment is a logistical consequence of digitization. Especially for international transactions from countries without a well-functioning banking system, the digital currency offers great advantages through the immediate, practically free-of-charge transfer. This makes bitcoins attractive to us as a means of accepted payment.

Founded by a group 25 German multinationals and institutions including the likes of BMW, Bosch, SAP, Siemens, Lufthansa and Daimler, ESMT Berlin offers degree programs including full-time and executive MBAs, as well as a Master’s degree in Management. The school sees an endowment totaling 134.2 million EUR with earnings of 28.8 million, both as of December, 2015.

In deeming bitcoin as “the most well-developed blockchain application”, Christopher Burger, senior associate dean of executive education at ESMT stated that blockchain can help reduce transactional costs and providing P2P marketplaces. The press release underlined the senior lecturer as the school’s blockchain expert, who added that bitcoin’s underlying innovation also helps with the “individual marketing of personal data.” He said “This is a feature that offers the data owner an improved position when negotiating with the users of data,” adding, “especially in the age of big data.”

An Increasing Number of Schools are Accepting Bitcoin

ESMT is only the latest among a group of institutions around the world to accept the cryptocurrency as a mode of payment.

In late 2013, the University of Nicosia in Cyprus proclaimed to be the first in the world to accept bitcoin. The announcement also revealed the addition of a new program among its curriculum, a Master’s degree in Digital Currencies. The following month saw a South African bitcoiner, Francois Rossouw, pay 1.68544 bitcoins (1055 Euros at the time) toward his MBA degree at the university, marking the occasion as first ever tuition payment for a degree with bitcoin.

January 2014 saw the University of Cumbria in England accept bitcoin for tuition fees, the first in the country to do so. Flinders University in Australia began accepting bitcoin in October 2014, also a first in the country.

More recently, Prague-based CEVRO, a Czech research institute that offers courses on Law, economics, politics and other studies, began accepting bitcoin as tuition for three of its Masters programs.