Ripple, one of the oldest and largest companies in the crypto industry, has entered into partnerships with 10 new universities as part of its blockchain research program. According to a February 7 press release, the company’s global initiative now supports 29 partners to further accelerate academic research, technical development, and innovation in blockchain, cryptocurrency, and digital payments.
The latest universities based in the US that have joined Ripple are Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Morgan State, Kansas, Michigan, and Northeastern. The National University of Singapore and the University of Sao Paulo are Ripple’s newest international partners.
The Institute for Fintech Research (THUIFR) at Tsinghua University in Beijing joined Ripple’s UBRI back in January, adding to the company’s portfolio of international partners.
All members will make use of Ripple’s UBRI resources to carry out research, develop and launch course materials, host conferences and award scholarships to students pursuing work in blockchain.
Ripple launched UBRI less than a year ago and committed over $50 million to the initiative in 2018 alone.
“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,” Ripple’s SVP of global operations, Eric van Miltenburg, said in the release.