Blockchain for Higher Ed

Ripple partners with 17 universities to prepare future executives to work with blockchain.

As blockchain is poised to transform the finance industry, business schools are hurrying to add courses and research centers that prepare future executives to work with the technology. Ripple, a blockchain-based global payments company, is contributing to that effort with the University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI). Ripple is committing more than US$50 million to partnerships with 17 universities to support academic research, technical development, and innovation in blockchain and cryptocurrency. Each school will determine its own research topics, curricular topics, and priority areas of funding.

For instance, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania will use UBRI funds to support MBA-MS candidates in a new dual degree program with the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Delft University of Technology and the University of Luxembourg are building new blockchain research programs inside their departments of computer science and engineering.

The 14 other schools that are part of UBRI are the Australian National University College of Law; the Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Fundação Getulio Vargas; the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley; the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay; the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad; Korea University; the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin; Princeton University; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University College London; the University of Nicosia; the University of Oregon; and the University of Waterloo.

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