Blockchain 

Ripple Partners With Kyoto University, University of Tokyo for Blockchain Research

Cryptocurrency giant Ripple has partnered with Kyoto University and the University of Tokyo as part of its University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI). Ripple announced its new Japanese partnerships in a press release on July 30. Emi Yoshikawa, senior director of global operations at Ripple, noted that there is high interest in blockchain within Japanese academia: “Japan is quickly becoming a leading force in crypto assets and blockchain. The region has always been forward thinking and exploring ways to improve the current financial system […] We have seen high levels of…

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Ethereum 

Biggest University in Western Australia Accepts Bitcoin for PhD Program

Curtin University, the largest university in Western Australia with over 58,00 students, announced the launch of a cryptocurrency PhD program on July 23, 2019.  Curtin University Accepts Bitcoin, Ethereum The Cryptocurrency PhD Scholarship Fund will allow companies and individuals to help PhD students studying  blockchain, cybersecurity and data analytics through cryptocurrency funding.  Focused on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, the higher education program will be entirely funded through bitcoin or ethereum, which school officials say will help popularize cryptocurrencies as a payment method.  Curtin University Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Excellence Professor…

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Ethereum 

Arizona State University to Use SalesForce Blockchain for Academic Records

Arizona State University is working with local community colleges on using blockchain to innovate data sharing for academic records. The development was reported by university news site Inside Higher Ed on July 9. Arizona State aims to use blockchain to establish whether students who transfer from community colleges have already earned enough credits to be awarded an associate’s degree — an intermediary qualification between a high school diploma and a full-fledged bachelor’s. Tracking credits during this process — known as a reverse transfer — becomes complex and time-consuming to navigate:…

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Blockchain 

Canadian University to Issue Blockchain-Based Diplomas to Class of 2019

A Canadian tech institute will issue blockchain-based diplomas to its next graduating class, according to an official press release on June 13. The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) has partnered with blockchain marketplace ODEM (On-Demand Education Marketplace) to provide blockchain-based copies of student diplomas for SAIT’s graduating class of 2019.SAIT’s class of 2019, which is made up of over 4,800 students, will reportedly be able to use blockchain technology to share their official diplomas as needed, circumventing the need for alumni to request official documents from SAIT to send…

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Bitcoin 

Canadian University Offers Graduate Training in Blockchain Tech

Canadian-based University of British Columbia (UBC) has announced a blockchain and distributed ledger technology training program for master’s and PhD students. UBC announced the development in a press release on June 11. The training path is reportedly designed to build competency around blockchain tech, and is focused on its application in four public benefit areas: health and wellness, clean energy, regulatory technology and Indigenous issues. UBC says they hope to train 139 students over a six-year period, and graduates should have the tools to evaluate blockchain solutions as well as…

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Blockchain 

Irish University to Offer Blockchain Master’s Degree Following New Partnership

Dublin City University has partnered with tech company network Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet to create the country’s first master’s program in blockchain technology. The new educational certification was announced by the Irish government’s Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation on May 29. The “Master’s in Blockchain: Distributed Ledger Technologies” degree is the culmination of ICT Skillnet’s efforts to identify the skills upcoming blockchain engineers need to learn, with the help of blockchain educational hub Blockchain Ireland. The course is reportedly conducted online as a two-year part-time course, which will begin…

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Blockchain 

US Ivy League University Rolls Out Online Course in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has introduced an online program on financial technologies, including digital currencies, according to a press release published on May 30. The new online program dubbed “Fintech: Foundations and Applications of Financial Technologies” features lectures and case studies on topics such as payments, cryptocurrency, blockchain technology and crowdfunding, among others. Apart from the university lecturers, the course also features speakers from the leading industry companies, including payment processor Square, marketplace lender CommonBond, and investment advisory firm Vanguard. Anne Trumbore, senior director of Wharton…

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Blockchain 

Turkish University Opens Blockchain Center at Boston’s Northeastern University

Turkish Bahçeşehir University (BAU) has reportedly opened a blockchain center at Boston’s Northeastern University (NEU) to provide informational support on blockchain technology, Daily Sabah reports on May 7. Apart from informational support, the BAU–NEU Blockchain Laboratory’s objective is to apply for funds in the United States, the European Union and Turkey, thus boosting Turkey’s presence in the blockchain market and attract specialists in the field. Commenting on the cooperation, Chair of the BAU Board of Trustees Enver Yücel said that he would also like to start blockchain-related master and doctoral education…

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Blockchain 

University of Nevada, Reno Develops Driverless Vehicle Blockchain Tech With IoT Firm

A project at the University of Nevada, Reno is developing a new blockchain-powered autonomous vehicle project, according to a press release published on April 23. The Intelligent Mobility project, coordinated by the University of Nevada, Reno and the Nevada Center of Applied Research (NCAR), has chosen enterprise blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) firm Filament to develop an autonomous vehicle smart city project. According to the press release, the new blockchain-enabled initiative is designed to improve safety and communication between driverless connected cars and the surrounding infrastructure. Carlos Cardillo, director…

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Cryptocurrency 

Harvard University Purchases Blockstack’s Crypto Tokens

In the news making headlines in the cryptocurrency industry, Harvard University Endowment has made an investment in the crypto token sale of Blockstack. Blockstack Offering 95.83 million Crypto Tokens A filing made with the US Securities Exchange Commission listed designees affiliated to the Havard Management Company including Charlie Saravia, Rodolfo Gonzalez, and Zavain Dar who have been participating in the purchase of 95.8 million Blockstack tokens, worth $11.5 million. Although it’s not clear how much the Harvard University Endowment has purchased, it is, however, the first time a major endowment has…

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