Ripple has announced the expansion of University
Blockchain Research Initiative’s (UBRI) presence to Japan by adding new
partners – including Kyoto University and the University of Tokyo.
With this addition, the UBRI enterprise now backs 33
university partners to expedite academic research, technical development, and
innovation in blockchain technology, crypto assets, and digital payments.
Eric van Miltenburg, SVP of global operations at
Ripple, said: “University partners will continue to increase positive awareness
of the transformative impact that blockchain technology will have across
various industries. As the industry matures, the academic community plays a
pivotal role in paving the road for innovative companies and entrepreneurs
leveraging blockchain technologies and digital assets.
“Expanding the UBRI network across the globe to a wide
range of university partners will only continue to promote and accelerate the
development of blockchain technology and use cases,” van Miltenburg added.
Ripple’s UBRI programme mainly focuses on increasing
the adoption of cryptocurrencies. The programme has been around since 2018 and
already includes world’s leading technology institutions. In February, Ripple
to student-led groups at the University of Berkeley, emphasising
cross-departmental courses that will lead to greater dissemination of
In March, Ripple’s developer ecosystem initiative,
a £82m fund to support game developers, in partnership with
blockchain-based platform technology provider, Forte. It was announced then
that the funds will be operating alongside Forte’s platform technologies and
include open-source solutions designed in collaboration with Ripple to accelerate
the mainstream adoption of blockchain technology in gaming. The Forte team
comprises of game industry veterans, hailing from industry leading game
companies such as Kabam, Unity, and GarageGames.
Forte actively supports game developers financially who meet its criteria.
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