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The blockchain industry is making significant strides in terms of innovation and technological advancements. Much of this progress can be attributed to academia helping to drive the industry forward by turning its attention toward new curriculum, research and technical problem solving, knowledge sharing and convening.
By partnering with universities globally, Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) is addressing the demand for technological solutions and talent to solve key challenges in the global financial ecosystem. Since launching the program two years ago, the initiative has seen remarkable results, with more than 180 research projects and 95 new or modified courses across 15 countries to date.
Today, the program continues to grow as Ripple welcomes ETH Zurich, University of Zurich, Ryerson University and Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) to the UBRI network. The global initiative now supports 37 university partners to further accelerate academic research, technical development and innovation in blockchain, cryptocurrency, fintech and digital payments.
The University of Zurich’s Fintech Innovation Lab is launching The Center for Sustainable Digital Finance—the world’s first interdisciplinary Research Center in this field—to conduct digitisation research in the financial services together with regulators, firms, financial institutions, consumers and beyond, through its UBRI partnership. “What we’re doing at the University of Zurich isn’t just special, it’s the future,” says Thomas Puschmann, Director of the Swiss Fintech Innovation Lab at University of Zurich.
ETH Zurich, meanwhile, is researching information security and cryptography, as well as new concepts and systems for payments. “As we prepare to embark on a new journey, UBRI’s support will be important to unlock the power and potential for financial technology in Switzerland and beyond,” says Srdjan Čapkun, Professor for Systems Security at ETH Zurich.
UBRI also provides technical support for the university’s efforts to integrate secure, multi-party ...
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