A further 11 academic institutions from around the world have joined Ripple's University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI), which now supports a total of 29 universities, the company shared in a post.
Ripple launched UBRI in June 2018, with the aim to support and accelerate academic research, technical development and innovation in blockchain-focused research. The new partners include Cornell University, Duke University, National University of Singapore, Northeastern University, and University of Sao Paulo.
“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.
Partner institutions have access to resources aimed to help foster interest in blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and digital payments. UBRI says they support them develop curricula and courses, as well as hosting conferences and awarding scholarships for tech-related research.