Yesterday, Ripple sent out a tweet to their 911k Twitter followers announcing that they have partnered with 11 new universities from across the globe in order to help grow the blockchain ecosystem and support the industry leaders of tomorrow.
This means that Ripple now supports a total of 29 partner institutions which are in the international University Blockchain Research initiative (UBRI).
We're excited to partner with 11 new universities around the world to help grow the blockchain ecosystem and support the industry leaders of tomorrow! https://t.co/QR9TsWhIdj— Ripple (@Ripple) February 7, 2019
The new 11 institutions include:
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Cornell University
- Duke University
- Georgetown University
- University of Kansas
- University of Michigan
- Morgan State University
- National University of Singapore
- Northeastern University
- University of Sao Paulo
- Institute for Fintech Research, Tsinghua University
Ripple initially launched UBRI in mid-2018 with the aim to “to support and accelerate academic research, technical development and innovation in blockchain, cryptocurrency and digital payments."
Since its launch, the initiative has taken a very hands-on approach to its work within Universities. One part of the initiative that Ripple has allegedly launched a series of faculty and student grants for research in blockchain and DLT-related fields. The program will also include a blockchain and fintech speaker series and an upcoming hackathon.
At Sao Paulo’s University in Brazil, UBRI will fund an interdisciplinary blockchain program from students in mathematics, economics, law, engineering and business administration.
Ripple seems to be itching for this program to grow. The SVP of Global Operations at Ripple, Eric van Miltenburg spoke on the matter saying, “In less than a year, our initial UBRI partners hit the ground running with the launch of new research projects, events, course offerings and more. Expanding the ecosystem to a more global, diversified network of UBRI partners will only continue to enrich these projects.”
The partners will be utilising UBRI in several ways, developing curricula and expanding or launching courses, hosting conferences and awarding scholarships to faculty and students pursuing work in cryptocurrency, the blockchain, virtual payments and other subjects in relation. This program will prepare the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, engineers and professionals to apply these technologies in practice.