A university in England has become the first public institution to accept the digital currency bitcoin as payment for course fees, though the announcement has some skeptics decrying the move as a publicity stunt.

bitcoinThe University of Cumbria will initially accept bitcoin payments for two programs – a certificate of achievement in sustainable exchange and a postgraduate certificate in sustainable leadership – starting at the end of this year.

“We believe in learning by doing, and so to help inform our courses on complementary currencies, we are trialing the acceptance of them,”

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