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Universities Join Blockchain Research Initiative

Blockchain currency company Ripple is bringing together 11 universities from around the world to spur interest in blockchain academic research.

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Ripple, a company that provides blockchain-based currency and payment solutions, is expanding its University Blockchain Research Initiative with 11 new institutional partners. The project is designed to foster interest and academic activities in blockchain at the collegiate level. Among the latest cohort of partners are Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Duke University, Georgetown University, University of Kansas, University of Michigan, Morgan State University and Northeastern University.

The URBI partners will able to utilize Ripple's resources to develop curricula, launch courses, host conferences and award scholarships to faculty and students. International partners include the National University of Singapore, the University of São Paulo and the Institute for Fintech Research, Tsinghua University.

"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, senior vice president of global operations at Ripple.

More about Ripple's UBRI program can be found here.

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