Berkeley Haas is one of 17 prestigious universities around the world and one of only two business schools in the U.S. partnering with Ripple on a multi-million dollar University Blockchain Research Initiative.

Housed within the Institute for Business and Social Impact in collaboration with the #1-ranked Master of Financial Engineering Program, the Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative will link to the wide array of expertise and initiatives underway across campus. These initiatives include strategic collaborations with other UC Berkeley schools and departments including the engineering and law schools; a new Haas FinTech Center under development; and student-led initiatives such as the Haas FinTech Club and Blockchain at Berkeley. The program will support pioneering academic research examining the changes these technologies are bringing to a wide range of industries and the financial system, and how they might be harnessed to reduce poverty and enhance the greater good.

“Exploring and advancing uses of blockchain to solve business and societal problems are core to the mission of Berkeley Haas and its Institute for Business and Social Impact,” said IBSI Faculty Director Laura Tyson. “This partnership with Ripple comes at the perfect time for UC Berkeley, as our students across campus are demanding even more classes, research opportunities, and activities related to blockchain.”

The Berkeley Haas program will provide financial support for academic research, graduate and undergraduate research projects, student experiential learning, and events and student activities such as competitions, conferences, and guest speakers.

Research topics and areas of focus include: Blockchain and distributed systems, cryptocurrency and digital payments, cryptography, and related subject areas such as blockchain for economic development and global financial inclusion.

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Contact Karin Bauer, Program Manager, Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative with any questions.

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