The department of information technology at Mount Kenya University in Rwanda now offers more courses in cryptography.


In contrast to other European universities like the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, which launched a full degree program in digital currency and cryptography since the early days of Bitcoin and its blockchain technology, cryptography, one of the most advanced, new, and innovative fields of technologies, is starting to gain more recognition across universities in Africa.

In one of its courses named “N/W Security and Cryptography” with the course code BIT4103, the Mount Kenya University Rwanda (MKUR) emphasized the potent security elements present in cryptography. The Secure Hash Algorithm-1 (SHA-1) SHA-1 (160 bits), a cryptographic hash function created by the National Security Agency of the United States and released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology as a U.S. Federal processing standard. To improve SHA-1, the Hash Algorithm-2 (SHA-2) was created. Four different hash functions were gathered by the SHA-2: SHA224, SHA256, SHA384, and SHA512. In network and security studies, these are crucial subjects.

Secure Hash Algorithm-1 (SHA-1) and SHA-2 explained.

The study of digital certificates, which are electronic credentials specific to a person, machine, or service and used to associate a key pair with a specific subscriber, is another topic covered in the course. The Certificate Authority (CA) is responsible for issuing digital certificates.

Learners have the chance to enroll in programs in information technology, informatics, and knowledge management at the Mount Kenya University School of Computing and Informatics. Thika, Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret, Virtual Vasity, Nakuru, Kisii, Malindi, Kakamega, and Kigali in Rwanda are among the places the school delivers its programs. You can go to the school’s website to apply for admission.


Which other universities in Africa are offering comprehensive degree programs in digital currency and blockchain technology? Please let us know in the comments section.

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