Ripple’s UBRI Supports 37 Universities through Crypto Research Initiative

Ripple's UBRI allies with 37 universities to boost research and innovation in blockchain, crypto, fintech, and digital payments.

By · Sep 2, 2020 . 7min read

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Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) expands with University of Zurich, Ryerson University, ETH Zurich, and Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). It announced that it is adding more names to its list of partner institutions. The global initiative currently supports 37 university partners to accelerate further academic research, technical development, and innovation in blockchain, crypto, fintech, and digital payments.

The initiative has originated more than 180 research projects and 95 new or modified courses across 15 nations. Additionally, the University of Zurich’s Fintech Innovation Lab is introducing The Center for Sustainable Digital Finance. It is the world’s first interdisciplinary Research Center in this field. Moreover, it conducts digitalization research in the financial services collectively with regulators, firms, financial institutions, consumers, and beyond, through its UBRI partnership.

Ripple’s UBRI to explore Blockchain with ETH Zurich

Meantime, UBRI’s joint effort with ETH Zurich intends to explore the potential of blockchain in Switzerland. ETH Zurich is investigating information security and cryptography and new concepts and systems for payments. Additionally, UBRI also offers technical support for the university’s efforts to combine secure, multi-party computation techniques into blockchain protocols and model smart contracts. Several of these activities cooperate with the Zurich Information Security & Privacy Center (ZISC).

Intricate Details about CRL’s Mosaïque

The Cybersecurity Research Lab at Ryerson University in Canada works on Mosaïque. It is a system using data-driven distributed logic for decentralized networks. This partnership with UBRI, ITAM will design new courses, so students are better prepared for Mexico’s astronomical demand for fintech and blockchain talent.

In Canada, UBRI works with Ryerson University’s Cybersecurity Research Lab (CRL). It develops a payment feature for Mosaïque – a digital wallet specialized in the real estate industry. Further, CRL director Atefeh Mashatan says he sees the collaboration as an opportunity to fast track the project’s development. “We see our partnership with UBRI as an opportunity to leverage Ripple’s expertise in blockchain innovation to build a token-based payment rail for Mosaïque,” says Dr Atefeh Mashatan, Director of the CRL.

UBRI allies are employing more detailed blockchain research, collaborating across departments, and building new use cases for financial technology. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, UBRI has allowed the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University College London (UCL), and others to intensify the research into how blockchain can address today’s socio-economic issues across various sectors.

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