Ripple expanded the group of partners within its University of Blockchain Research Initiative or UBRI. This global initiative, which was launched in June last year, now supports about 29 schools to further accelerate academic research, technical development, as well as innovation in blockchain crypto and digital payments.

Since the launch, the UBRI has helped to foster increasing levels of interest and academic activity by leading faculty, post-doctoral, as well as graduate students at many top universities in the world.

The new partners of UBRI

The new group of partners involves more widespread, as well as the more global selection of top-tier university college partners, representing a wide variety of some academic disciplines. The new UBRI partners are:

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

The partners are going to use UBRI resources in authentic ways, developing curricula and expanding or launching courses, hosting conferences, as well as awarding scholarships to faculty and students that pursue work in the blockchain, crypto, digital payments or some related topics.

These programs, which are driven by the university partners, are actually posed to get ready the following generation of engineers, business leaders, as well as entrepreneurs or other professionals, in order to apply the technologies in practice. Additionally, these programs are going to increase positive awareness of the transformative impact which blockchain technology is going to have all over industries.

UBRI cultivating strong connections between partners since it was launched

Back in the time of the early Internet, academic institutions were actually expected to serve as the primary source of innovation as blockchain, as well as crypto technologies,  keep maturing.

The independence and the rigor inherent to universities actually enables them to fulfill this particular role, which actually paves the way for some innovative entrepreneurs, as well as companies and educates the broader market on how blockchain is going to affect the world beyond crypto.

Since the day it was launched, UBRI has cultivated some strong connections between partners, and even created a global network for advancing, as well as accelerating the field. For instance, the partnership with the California University, Berkley, has resulted in cross-departmental collaboration, as a few schools within the University expanded relevant course-offerings, funded research projects, as well as supported student-led activities and events, which include an upcoming blockchain UI/UX hackathon.

Last year, the 600+ members of the blockchain club of the University of Pennsylvania benefited from the support of UBRI as they conducted research and the school also expanded its course offerings.

In 2019, many UBRI partners are going to host and collaborate at workshops, as well as conferences which are centered on topics which include blockchain, crypto, cybersecurity, as well as regulatory problems. At the U.S.-based Duke University and Georgetown University, UBRI is going to support expanding curriculum and teaching, research, as well as technical projects and collaboration across disciplines.

UBRI partners hit the ground with their new launches

Internationally, the University of Sao Paolo is receiving the funding for a blockchain innovation program that is going to serve as an interdisciplinary forum all over its schools of engineering, mathematics, law, and even business administration and economics.

The SVP of Global Operations at Ripple, named Eric van Miltenburg, said that in less than one year, their initial UBRI partners hit the ground running with the launch of some new research projects, offerings, and events. Expanding the ecosystem to a more global, as well as the diversified network of partners is only going to continue to enrich these projects.

The Faculty Director at Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative, named Laura Tyson, stated that they are thrilled that the Ripple UBRI Partnership has been developed at Berkeley Haas and throughout UC Berkeley in the expansion of blockchain, digital payments, as well as crypto-related innovation and research.

She continued, saying that they are awarded the first round of Ripple-0funded faculty and student blockchain, digital payments and even crypto-focused research grants. Moreover, they are sponsoring a lot of student-led activities during the semester, which involves the partnering with Blockchain at Berkeley, hosting a blockchain or fintech entrepreneurs Spring speaker series at Haas.

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