UBRI teams up with HBCUs to foster Blockchain talent

In a groundbreaking move to empower Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and advance Blockchain technology education, the University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) has announced a strategic partnership with several HBCUs across the United States. This collaboration aims to bridge the gap in Blockchain education and provide students with the necessary tools and resources to thrive in the rapidly evolving digital economy.

The UBRI, an initiative launched by Ripple in 2018, focuses on supporting academic research, technical development, and innovation in Blockchain, cryptocurrency, and digital payments. UBRI seeks to foster a more inclusive and diverse Blockchain ecosystem by partnering with leading educational institutions.

With over 50 university partners spread across 26 countries, more than 600 newly added or extended fintech courses, and 1,500 academic Blockchain research projects, UBRI has established a benchmark for Blockchain research, education, and equitable economic development. 

Under the newly formed partnership, HBCUs will gain access to UBRI’s extensive network of industry experts, funding opportunities, and educational materials tailored to Blockchain technology. This access will enable faculty members to integrate Blockchain-related curricula into their courses, ensuring students receive comprehensive training in this transformative field.

The importance of this collaboration was highlighted by Eric van Miltenburg, SVP of Strategic Initiatives at Ripple: “Our next generation is becoming more and more interested in learning about cryptocurrency and Blockchain, and the HBCUs in the UBRI network are paving the way to ensure that interest is supported.” We’re thrilled to watch how Morgan State keeps empowering its students and launching large-scale initiatives that will add to the ecosystem of XRP Ledger for years to come.

Dr. Michelle Johnson, Dean of the School of Computer Science at Howard University, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, “Our partnership with UBRI represents a significant step forward in our efforts to equip students with the skills needed to succeed in emerging technologies like Blockchain. By leveraging UBRI’s resources, we can provide our students with hands-on learning experiences and prepare them for careers in this rapidly expanding industry.”

In addition to curriculum development, the partnership will support research initiatives to explore the potential applications of Blockchain technology in various sectors, including finance, healthcare, supply chain management, and beyond. By encouraging faculty-led research projects, UBRI hopes to stimulate innovation and create new opportunities for collaboration between academia and industry.

One of the partnership’s key objectives is to promote diversity and inclusion within the Blockchain space. By engaging with HBCUs, UBRI aims to amplify underrepresented voices and perspectives in developing and adopting Blockchain technology. Through mentorship programs, workshops, and networking events, students from diverse backgrounds can engage with industry leaders and gain valuable insights into the rapidly evolving landscape of Blockchain innovation.

Dr. Marcus Thompson, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Morehouse College, emphasized the importance of diversity in driving innovation, stating, “Blockchain technology has the potential to reshape industries and create new economic opportunities. By partnering with UBRI, we can ensure that students from all backgrounds are equipped to participate in this digital revolution and contribute to its ongoing development.”

As the demand for Blockchain talent continues to grow, partnerships like the one between UBRI and HBCUs play a crucial role in preparing the next generation of leaders and innovators. By providing students with access to cutting-edge research, industry expertise, and hands-on training, this collaboration aims to empower HBCU students to become pioneers in Blockchain technology and drive positive change in their communities and beyond.

Roxanne Williams

Roxanne Williams has recently joined as a market reporter for CryptoNewsZ - the 24/7 crypto news site, where she produces recent stories, technical analysis and price updates on world's leading cryptocurrencies.

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