The Centre for Blockchain Technologies of the University College of London (‘UCL CBT’) and the Stellar Development Foundation (‘SDF’), a non-profit organisation that supports the development and growth of the open-source Stellar network, today announced an agreement to jointly work on educational initiatives that support the development of UCL’s blockchain curriculum and initiatives.
The collaboration will be supported by SDF through the recently launched program Stellar Next-Gen, established with the objective to foster the growth and development of blockchain and FinTech education amongst tomorrow’s business leaders and developers. SDF collaborates with universities and other educational institutions worldwide to support and promote educational efforts that further SDF’s mission to create equitable access to the global financial system.
As part of the agreement, SDF and UCL will have joint involvement in four main areas to kickstart collaboration:
- Graduate and postgraduate education and knowledge transfer through content and guest lectures across several MSc programmes.
- Research support via the CBT Lab
- Co-organization and participation in webinars and conferences involving both industry and academia leaders.
- Engagement with students on projects through MSc programmes and hackathons.
Dr. Paolo Tasca, Executive Director at UCL CBT, stated: “This partnership reflects UCL CBT’s continued commitment to strengthening the DLT ecosystem, supporting financial inclusion, and increasing the links of our community in the blockchain space.”
“The strategic alliance with UCL CBT allows us to provide support and collaborate on exciting initiatives to advance blockchain education and innovation.” said Justin Rice, VP of Ecosystem at the Stellar Development Foundation. “Introducing Stellar in education and project initiatives can help further bright ideas to open up access to the global financial system.”
About the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies
UCL CBT is the world’s largest research centre on blockchain technologies by number of associates. Founded in 2015 by Prof. Paolo Tasca and Prof. Tomaso Aste, its mission is to research the effects of Distributed Ledger Technologies and Blockchain into our socio-economic systems and to promote the safe and organic development and adoption of Blockchain-based platforms.
Stellar is a decentralized, fast, scalable, and uniquely sustainable network for financial products and services. It is both a cross-currency transaction system and a platform for digital asset issuance, designed to connect the world’s financial infrastructure. Financial institutions worldwide issue assets and settle payments on the Stellar network, which has grown to over 5 million accounts. For more information, visit https://stellar.org
About Stellar Development Foundation
The Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) is a non-profit organization that supports the development and growth of Stellar, an open-source network that connects the world’s financial infrastructure. Founded in 2014, the Foundation helps maintain Stellar’s codebase, supports the technical and business communities building on the network, and serves as a voice to regulators and institutions. The Foundation seeks to create equitable access to the global financial system, using the Stellar network to unlock the world’s economic potential through blockchain technology. For more information, visit https://stellar.org/foundation