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Ateneo and nChain Sign MOU for Blockchain Research and Education

Ateneo and nChain Sign MOU for Blockchain Research and Education

Global blockchain leader nChain and Ateneo De Manila University signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote and foster blockchain education within the University and define a framework for the future of the Philippines.

This collaboration will be led by the University’s research group, The Ateneo Blockchain Laboratory.  It is set to provide an additional blockchain leadership unit to the University’s course offering in the second semester of 2023. In addition, nChain will support PhD students with access to patented IP and several grants to further blockchain research in the Philippines.

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The Ateneo Blockchain Laboratory aims to conduct applied research and development projects focused on the practical applications of blockchain technologies. Ateneo and nChain share a common vision and goal – to advance fintech and blockchain technology while achieving their social impact goals.

Christian Pulmano, head for the Ateneo Blockchain Laboratory, shared, “Our collaboration with nChain aims to expand the University’s blockchain programs through education, capacity-building, and research initiatives. Blockchain technology can potentially solve many of our society’s problems. As a research institution, we want to explore the potential of blockchain for the ultimate goal of nation-building.”

nChain partners with educational institutions and world-class universities across the globe. It supports and promotes interdisciplinary research and education, as well as a wide range of academic programmes in information and communications technology, cryptology, economic theory, and data science. nChain provides policy recommendations and empirical evidence on blockchain uses and technology’s social and economic benefits.

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Stefan Matthews, nChain Group Chairman, cited: “Our partnership with the University is the first of a series of educational and training initiatives being rolled out to support the broader government objective to enable blockchain adoption in the Philippines. Concurrently, we deliver seminars on leadership and advanced technical topics for business and government. We aim to highlight blockchain and transition from the Philippines to web 3 to the world.”

nChain is committed to advancing the global adoption of the BSV Blockchain, the largest public blockchain that has restored the original Bitcoin protocol and unlocked the ability to scale. This means that it can increase its block sizes and transaction capacity as needed while lowering fees to tiny fractions of a cent. This aligns with governments and institutions that process a high number of transactions on a daily basis.

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