The KOIOS background

Blockchain has become a popular topic last decade and The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) has been at the forefront when it comes to teaching this subject within The Netherlands. The THUAS blockchain team currently walks two routes: (1) we provide blockchain minors and (2) we build a blockchain based education infrastructure called KOIOS.

(1) THUAS has launched five blockchain minors and a sixth one will start in September 2020. These minors are well attended – more than 135 students already enrolled in the coming course ─ and rated 9.9 by students. Blockchain-technology, guest lectures by experts and implementation projects are central parts of the minor. The minor had various, positive results. Students attended world’s biggest blockchain hackathon, had internships and found part-time jobs in the blockchain industry and daily active (inter)national partnerships.

(2) KOIOS is one of the experimental spinoffs of this blockchain minor, but is not limited to the topic of blockchain and will focus on other topics as well. KOIOS is an experimental research and development project initiated by the research group New Finance of the Business, Finance & Marketing (BFM) faculty at THUAS. Within the KOIOS infrastructure, THUAS develops and experiments with a blockchain-based open education infrastructure. Such an infrastructure enables and stimulates new ways of (free) education, knowledge sharing, knowledge development and acknowledgement.

Because we are active on the front-end of educational innovation, researching and applying these technologies, we create new insights for our team consisting of lecturers, researchers, students, field specialists and partners from public-private organisations. Several other educational institutes have already shown interest in the infrastructure, partially because all traditional educational institutes currently seem to face similar developments and partially to create synergy in curricula and networks together. Hopefully soon all connected via a common, neutral and open infrastructure.

Innovation has proven to be slow and potentially expensive at traditional institutes and we propose KOIOS to help institutions innovate with less friction, but without losing their credibility and reliability. The outside world is full of innovative educational initiatives and we operate with a sense of urgency to not get left behind. Considering the in-house expertise on new technologies, THUAS is committed to truly try to rethink education by experimenting with completely new forms of education, validation and possibly tuition. Technological developments are moving at a staggering pace and we feel the only way for education to keep up with developments is to use these new technologies to create the education of the future.

Let’s change. You. Us. The World.