Ripple has expanded its Blockchain University Programme with an aim to increase adoption of cryptocurrencies.
In its recent press release, Ripple announced new group of partners who will be joining its University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI). With this announcement, the total number of partners has become 29 now.
The UBRI programme has been around since 2018 and already includes world’s leading technology institutions. The latest names added to the list are: Carnegie Mellon, Cornell and Duke University.
Ripple is now sponsoring student-led groups at the University of Berkeley, emphasising cross-departmental courses that will lead to greater dissemination of blockchain technology. The UBRI programme also announced a variety of workshops being hosted at Duke and Georgetown, including blockchain, cryptography and cyber-security.
Laura Tyson, Faculty Director at Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative, said that the UBRI programme has contributed momentum for blockchain and crypto development at the university.
Tyson said: “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. 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.”
According to Eric van Mittenburg, SVP of Global Operations at Ripple, the company perceives its Blockchain Research Initiative as a way to expand the ecosystem of blockchain to global heights. He says: “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.”
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