Ripple partners with 11 top universities for blockchain research program

Ripple has partnered with another 11 top universities as part of their University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI), which was launched in June 2018

Ripple has continued to make inroads into the education sector by partnering with 11 top universities as part of its blockchain research program.

The company issued an update on Thursday stating that the University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) is designed to enhance the blockchain technology ecosystem.

The news comes a few weeks after Ripple’s announcement confirming a partnership with a top Chinese university, as reported by Coin Rivet.

The UBRI launched in June 2018, and since then it has partnered with 29 education centres to “further accelerate academic research, technical development, and innovation in blockchain.”

“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,” said Eric van Miltenburg, SVP of global operations at Ripple.

The new universities that have been added to Ripple’s roster include the likes of Cornell University in New York State, Georgetown University, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Sao Paulo.

“We are excited by the momentum that the Ripple UBRI Partnership has fostered at Berkeley Haas and throughout UC Berkeley in the development of blockchain, digital payments, and cryptocurrency-related research and innovation,” says Laura Tyson, faculty director at Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative.

She added: “In December, we awarded the first round of Ripple-funded faculty and student blockchain, digital payments, and cryptocurrency-focused research grants. Also, we are sponsoring numerous student-led activities this semester, including partnering with Blockchain at Berkeley to host a blockchain/fintech industry spring speaker series at Haas.”

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