Last week, Turkey officials revealed they have opened the country’s first university blockchain center, the Istanbul Blockchain and Innovative Center (BlockchainIST Center) at Bahçeşehir University (BAU).
According to the Daily Sabah, the new center aims to close the “expertise gap” in the market in order to make blockchain technology be used in all areas. It was also revealed that the center will work with students and entrepreneurs who want to conduct academic studies in this area. Istanbul Blockchain and Innovation Center Director Bora Erdamar shared with the media outlet that a very competent team of experts from Turkey and the world will carry out worldwide projects in blockchain technologies at the center.
“The purpose of the BlockchainIST project is to be the most important center of research and development and innovation in Turkey in which scientific studies and publications are made in blockchain technologies. To this end, it is crucial to cooperate with other universities, the business world and government institutions. The Istanbul Blockchain and Innovation Center, established in Bahçeşehir University, is the first research and innovation center in our country to have been established within a university.”
Erdamar added that the country is striving to be in line with the rest of the world in digitalization that the country may have the opportunity to take the lead in blockchain technology, with this being the first time that Turkey has the opportunity to become the leading country in technology that will transform humanity