Ripple announced the launch of a new University Blockchain Research Initiative that will see Ripple Labs donate $50 million across 17 universities worldwide to promote academic research and blockchain innovation.
The new initiative, announced June 4, inaugurates a program intended to “shape the workforce of the future” by supporting technical development and innovation in cryptocurrency, digital payments, and distributed ledger technology.
Ripple Invests in the Next Generation of Human Capital
The new Ripple University Blockchain Research Initiative will provide 17 different universities with multi-million dollar funding over several years in order to promote cutting-edge research into the blockchain sector.
The project will focus on three primary streams; technological innovation of distributed ledger technologies, the business applications and socio-economic risks of blockchain technology, and regulatory and legal implications.
Ripple SVP of Global Operations, Eric Van Miltenburg, stated:
“Academia has traditionally been a critical driver of technical innovation. The University Blockchain Research Initiative is an acknowledgment of the vital importance of the unique role universities will play in advancing our understanding and application of cryptography and blockchain technology. It also speaks to the reality that university graduates will fuel a continually evolving and maturing financial marketplace and workforce”
Providing the next generation of blockchain innovators with enterprise-level resources and support will place Ripple in a position to capitalize on the future of the crypto job market which, according to KPMG, grew by 11% last year.
With over 4,500 crypto or blockchain related jobs posted via professional networking site LinkedIn this year alone, the blockchain industry is experiencing massive 151% surge in growth.
Academia Set to Benefit from Cash Injection
In addition to providing financial resources, Ripple will collaborate with academic institutions to offer relevant expertise and a range of technical sources.