Officials Attend First Lecture on NFTs at Major Turkish University – Ankara University has introduced a course on NFTs to its curriculum, making it the first Turkish university to do so. Senior officials from the presidential administration and the culture ministry were present during the first class on non-fungible tokens, according to the Hürriyet daily.
In his opening speech, Necdet Ünüvar, the university’s rector, said, “We are glad to teach about NFTs, but our students are happier than us.” Bugra Ayan teaches the “Introduction to NFT” course.
Guests at the lecture included Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Ozgül Ozkan Yavuz and Ali Taha Koç, head of the Turkish Presidency’s Digital Transformation Office.
Yavuz said during the accompanying ceremony:
NFT, we hope, will spark artistic creativity, abilities, and talents among young people. Ankara University has taken a significant step forward in raising awareness about NFT.
The deputy minister went on to say that she is excited to see the outcomes at the end of the academic year. Yavuz also disclosed that all of the NFT works created by the students who took part in the competition will be displayed in a future exhibition.
Ali Taha Koç revealed that his office is working on a slew of new digital initiatives. “Do not assume that NFT is solely a technological issue. NFT also has a legal component, which will force us to consider how it may effect our business practices,” he added.
Koç mentioned that his department is now working on a Turkish acronym for NFTs, and he encouraged course participants to contribute their own ideas to the endeavor. After declaring his intention to organize a vote on social media, he added, “Everyone should join and contribute an alternate name to NFT.”
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Using distributed ledgers, NFTs are a popular technique for proving ownership of digital records and assets, such as art, music, and video. The global market for non-fungible tokens is projected to be worth between $20 billion and $35 billion each year, with many analysts predicting that it will continue to rise.
Ankara University’s plan comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan directed the country’s ruling Justice and Development Party to research bitcoin and the metaverse in late January, according to media sources. The move comes after he stated in December that Turkey is poised to pass a crypto law.