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CHAISE – A Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Blockchain Skill Development

Blockchain is a technology for promoting user trust through facilitating verifiable, secure and permanent online information sharing and transactions. The European Blockchain Sector is well placed to acquire global leadership; still its competitiveness largely relies on the availability of competent/versatile workforce. Whereas the demand for blockchain skills is steadily increasing, employers are facing a shortfall of skilled professionals. The sector is challenged by talents shortage, global competitive pressures, limited connection between education and the market.

Within the four-year project, the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University, represented by the Next Education working group, is collaborating with 23 European project partner organisations from science and industry to set forward the first Europe-wide open, inclusive blockchain skills governance system, to address skills mismatches and deliver appropriate training, intelligence gathering & mobility solutions tailored to sectoral needs.

The following results will be developed:

  • A European Blockchain Skills Strategy & Action Plan to address mismatches
  • A skills forecasting mechanism
  • EU-wide occupational requirements & the first-ever blockchain specific occupational profile
  • A 5 semester VET (qualification) programme (5-6 EQF level) in 11 EU languages
  • Transnational mobility schemes for Blockchain students & professionals
  • National Blockchain Skills Partnerships to roll out SSA results at Member States’ level

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Time Period
November 2020 - October 2024

Project Coordinator
International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)

Project partner
Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France
INATBA, Belgium
Fujitsu, Belgium
The Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs (YPAITH), Griechenland
ECQA Gmbh, Austria
IOTA Foundation, Germany
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spanien
CIMEA, Italy
INTRASOFT International, Luxemburg
CPI, Slowenia
University of Tartu, Estland
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Laboratory for Telecommunications, Slovenia
BerChain, Germany
Italia4Blockchain, Italy
ANC, Rumania
ACQUIN, Germany
EXELIA, Greece
Industria, Bulgaria
Crypto4all, France
Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland


Funding amount
4.000.000,00€ total budget
200.000,00€ DHBW Karlsruhe

Project team

Prof. Dr. Ulf-Daniel

Director of the Researchgroup and Professorship for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning



Prof. Dr. Ulf-Daniel

Director of the Researchgroup and Professorship for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning



Related publications
01 Brunner, M., Ehlers, U.-D. (2022): Acquisition for future skills at workplace – new demands for professionals within high-tech industries: Results of an international study in the blockchain field. Kanazawa. Refereed Proceedings of the 4th WACE International Research Symposium on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education. ISBN: 978-1-7386618-0-0. ONLINE ACCESS
02 Brunner, M., Ehlers U.-D. (2022): Higher Education as provider of Skills in advanced Technology Fields. 31. EURASHE annual conference.

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