Leading blockchain technology provider Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) has joined forces with its first-ever partner in the UAE and region, NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). The new partnership will see the establishment of a Ripple Blockchain Collaboratory at NYUAD, which will advance the role of new technologies, helping prepare the region’s next generation of finance and economic leaders, entrepreneurs, corporations, and other professionals to develop and apply technologies including blockchain, cryptocurrency, and cybersecurity, to their business practices.
The Ripple Blockchain Collaboratory will serve two main purposes. Research and project-based courses will advance faculty and student engagement in blockchain, cryptocurrency, cybersecurity, fintech, and related subjects. It will also form part of the Corporate Sprint Accelerator Program developed by startAD, the startup accelerator powered by Tamkeen and anchored at NYUAD, steering fintech and blockchain startups from around the world to launch and grow into the UAE market through pilot projects with innovative corporations.
“We believe that the synergy between educational institutions, businesses, and governments is the key to fostering innovation and advancing society. Universities play a vital role in this equation, by equipping young people with the necessary knowledge and skills to compete globally in the fourth industrial revolution. The support from UBRI will enable us to equip our faculty, students, and new businesses with the mindset required for creating the jobs of tomorrow by enriching our curriculum, supporting our students interested in blockchain, as well as advancing research initiatives on the topics of blockchain and cryptocurrencies.”
“Since launching UBRI, Ripple has seen tremendous growth from our global university partners to produce more than 280 blockchain-related research projects. We’re eager to partner with New York University Abu Dhabi to bring the initiative to the UAE and pilot innovation projects in a region ripe for fintech advancements.”
Ripple is a leading provider of enterprise blockchain solutions for global payments . Ripple supports curriculum development, research, technical projects, and other initiatives through its UBRI scheme, to advance understanding and innovation in blockchain, cryptocurrency, and financial technology. Based in San Francisco, Ripple established a regional headquarters in Dubai in November 2020. The partnership with NYUAD conveys its commitment to cutting-edge fintech innovation, and testifies to NYUAD’s strengths in research, and innovation through startAD.