The Oxford Foundry, which serves as an entrepreneurship center at the University of Oxford has announced the news about its strategic partnership with globally reputed blockchain technology services provider Ripple and its University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI). The team-up has been focused on rendering fruitful solutions for tackling the widening technology skills gap in the UK region.
With the new Tech Series, the Foundry aims to give a golden chance to nearly 1,000 students of the Oxford University hailing from across all the colleges and divisions of the world-class institute to immerse themselves in the attainment of new skills of the blockchain niche, AI technology, and machine learning across various industries.
The students will gain knowledge through Foundry’s experimental learning model during the new Tech Series program. The series will include informative workshops and boot camps which will be governed by mentors, academicians, and student experts from Oxford’s enriching network and widespread intellectual capital. These camps will impart knowledge through peer-to-peer learning and the Zone of Proximal Development. This is the theory that encourages students to learn from those who are just one or two steps ahead of them. This allows students to delve into new disciplines and team-up with new people coming from different domains to find creative solutions.
Foundry’s Tech Series will also have a Tech Talent Networking Series to give the students a chance to get in touch with leading firms belonging to the blockchain and AI industry.
The series is aimed to fulfill the ultimate commitment of the Foundry that allows it to make available equal opportunities, networks, and resources to talented people with a view to help them build strong ventures.
The Foundry was created by the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School and was aimed to benefit the whole ecosystem of the University of Oxford. The founding donors of the Foundry were Reid Hoffman, Co-founder of LinkedIn and philanthropist Mohamed Amersi.
Leading blockchain network Ripple formed UBRI in June 2018 with the prime objective to enter into strategic collaborations with global universities for boosting academic research operations, technical development, and innovation in new-age technologies like blockchain, digital currencies, and digital payment pedagogies. In summer this year, Kyoto University became a member of the initiative. Last week the University unveiled an XRP validator that would aid the system in the verification and processing of transactions on the decentralized ledger system.