UBRI Welcomes First University Partners in Africa, UAE and Iceland, Drives CBDC Research Forward

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Today, Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI)—the leading university blockchain accelerator program—welcomes the University of Capetown, Reykjavik University, and New York University Abu Dhabi (NYU Abu Dhabi) to solve key challenges in financial technology and advance real-world solutions for blockchain and cryptocurrency. The three additions join more than 35 global university partners already deeply engaged in blockchain research and building new use cases for fintech.

Launched in 2018, UBRI is helping to move the blockchain industry forward by providing faculty and students with the technical tools and resources required to thrive as part of the next generation of tech talent. Innovation and technological advancements have traditionally stemmed from academia. By supporting new curriculum, research and technical problem solving, knowledge sharing, and convening, UBRI is leading the fintech workforce of the future.

For example, Yuliya Guseva of Rutgers Law School recently conducted research into global crypto enforcement, while Oxford’s Saïd Business School is launching a new Future of Finance and Technology Initiative for which UBRI will sponsor Ph.D. research into open banking and financial wellness innovation. To date, UBRI has grown to see more than 280 research projects and 161 new or modified courses across 18 countries. 

Today, the University of Cape Town, a leading research university in South Africa, joins Ripple’s UBRI as its first Africa-based partner, offering Masters and Ph.D. programs in financial technology. The University of Cape Town teaches core open-payment protocols and blockchain technologies as part of its “FinTech and Crypto” course, for which the university is collaborating with existing UBRI partners at the University of Oxford and MIT to develop a leading curriculum. 

Students at the University of Cape Town’s School of Economics will also focus their research on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), delving into issues such as interoperability, financial ...

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