Ripple announced on February 7th that 11 new universities joined its University Blockchain Research Initiative. The UBRI that was introduced on June 4th 2018, is part of Ripple’s “Ripple for Good” program.
Ripple for Good supports mission-driven organizations and initiatives with the potential to dramatically accelerate and expand global financial inclusion and is committed to advancing socially responsible and equitable uses of blockchain, cryptocurrency and related technologies.
The UBRI started out with 17 universities and has now grown to 29. The list contains prestigious universities from the following countries:
- Australia (1)
- United States (16)
- The Netherlands (1)
- Brazil (2)
- India (2)
- South Korea (1)
- United Kingdom (1)
- Luxembourg (1)
- Cyprus (1)
- Canada (1)
- China (1)
- Singapore (1)
According to the announcement, the Universities participating in the UBRI will utilize resources in unique ways, developing curricula and expanding or launching courses, hosting conferences and awarding scholarships to faculty and students pursuing work in blockchain, cryptocurrency, digital payments and related topics. Academic institutions are expected to serve as a major source of innovation as blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies continue to mature. The independence and rigor inherent to universities enables them to fulfill this special role, which paves the way for innovative entrepreneurs and companies as well as educates the broader market on how blockchain will impact the world beyond cryptocurrency.
When looking back at this past year, Eric van Miltenburg, SVP of Global Operations at Ripple mentioned: “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”.
You can view a list with all of the participating universities at XRParcade’s Ripple Ecosystem, with links to their websites along with the official announcements of them joining the UBRI.