Mastercard, Ripple and Binance join Blockchain Education Alliance.

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The Blockchain Educational Alliance, created by the MouseBelt blockchain accelerator, has gained several noteworthy new members.

Ashley Meredith, director of the MouseBelt Blockchain Accelerator University program, told Cointelegraph on February 11 that the new entrants included Behemoth Mastercard, a payment processing company, Binance X, an innovative large-scale cryptocurrency exchange unit, Ripple Spring accelerator and KuCoin cryptocurrency exchange.

NEO’s smart contract platform, IoTeX’s Internet of Things startup, Quantstamp blockchain security company, and Constellation Labs big blockchain chain service have also joined the alliance.

According to the official website, the Blockchain Education Alliance aims to support education “so that students gain the skills, connections, and knowledge needed to contribute to the blockchain ecosystem.”

At the time of its launch in October 2019, the alliance included the Star Development Fund, Tron, Hedera, Icon, Ontology, Wanchain, Harmony One, Nervos, Orbs, LTO Network, Emurgo, Nem and ETC Labs.

In August 2019, MouseBelt launched an initiative to create blockchains on three campuses of the University of California system.

Blockchain and crypto need education

The blockchain and cryptocurrency industry has long been plagued by a lack of specialized workforce capable of pushing space forward. At the end of August 2019, Ken Weber, head of the Ripple Social Impact Service, said universities around the world should expand their educational programs to offer courses on blockchain and digital resources.

Last month, Nikolai Musheghyan, a former MakerDAO member and Carnegie Mellon graduate, allocated 10,000 MKR — worth less than $ 5.65 million. The United States at the time of printing was its alma mater to develop a research program for decentralized applications. In October 2019, a master’s degree in blockchain technology and distributed ledger was opened at the University of Malta.

Mastercard, the innovative divisions of Ripple and Binance, and eight other other companies, have joined the alliance that supports blockchain education at universities around the world.

MouseBelt Blockchain Accelerator announced that it has accepted 11 founding members to its Blockchain Education Alliance. In addition to Mastercard, Ripple and Binance, the alliance included representatives of Neo, KuCoin and the Matic Network. They will join 13 companies, including Stellar, TRON and Wanchain, which have already become part of the alliance since its inception last October.

The Blockchain Education Alliance is part of the MouseBelt University program. This is an initiative to train the next generation of blockchain developers in more than 80 student associations around the world. Alliance members provide funding and educational resources that help students and teachers develop curricula and keep abreast of the latest developments in the industry.

What are the conditions in Armenia for the blockchain business ?

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Armenia can become a very powerful ecosystem or a hub for blockchain technology, Henry Arslanyan, the first Asian teacher of the FinTech course at the University of Hong Kong, told reporters today in Yerevan.

Henry Arslanyan said there is a great interest now in blockchain technology. In his words, these technologies and the crypto technology market can be very useful to many young people, startups and technology companies in Armenia not only in terms of Armenia, but also in terms of entering the world market.

He said although blockchain is a new technology, there are startups in Armenia that work in this area, and an increase in the number of such companies is very important.

“The blockchain in Armenia is still at an early stage and the ecosystem is very small, but at the world level, many leaders and experts are Armenians who specialize in this industry, and this potential can be used as well,” Arslanyan said.

According to him, the capabilities of the blockchain can be used to improve the economic development of the country.

He said many countries today are trying to solve legislative and tax issues, but now it is much more important for this sector around the world to have technologies and highly qualified personnel and an ecosystem rather than a favorable tax legislation.

He stressed that in Armenia there are a lot of personnel in the technological and research sphere, there are the Central Bank and the government that are trusted by the population, as well as a strong and developed banking system.

In Armenia, all conditions have been created for the comfortable conduct of the blockchain business. Georgy Galoyan, head of Nooor Blockchain Armenia startup business, said this in an interview with LetKnow News.

“In connection with the velvet revolution that took place in 2018, Armenia became overnight one of the most promising countries for the development of any business, including blockchain,” he noted.

At the same time, the expert drew attention to the fact that the situation changed for the better only after the change of power.

“There is nothing better than a newly elected government, which puts the progress and development of the country, and not personal interests, as it happens in most CIS countries,” he added.

It is worth noting that part of the Ripple code was written in Armenia. In addition, Armenia leads in the number of women in the blockchain sphere. Also, one of the largest mining farms in the world was launched in Armenia.

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