Aleph Zero partners with University of Nicosia to promote blockchain technology and education | News

Aleph Zero partners with University of Nicosia to promote blockchain technology and education |  News


ZUG, Switzerland and NICOSIA, Cyprus, May 29, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aleph Zero, the highly scalable zero-knowledge privacy blockchain platform, is pleased to announce a partnership with the University of Nicosia (UNIC), the first university to accept Bitcoin as a form of education and the first institution to offer a master’s degree in blockchain and digital currencies. This collaboration aims to strengthen the blockchain ecosystem through research, education and practical applications. “We are honored to partner with the University of Nicosia, the innovative university that is a leader in blockchain research and education,” said Antoni Żółciak, co-founder of Aleph Zero. “This collaboration is a step forward in our mission to advance blockchain adoption through research and education.”

There are several exciting initiatives that both parties will explore. Firstly, Aleph Zero is proud to provide a research grant to the University of Nicosia. This commitment underscores Aleph Zero’s dedication to advancing cutting-edge research in the blockchain sector.

Second, as part of the agreement, the University of Nicosia’s Distributed Ledgers Research Center (DLRC) under the Institute For the Future (IFF) will take a significant role in becoming an Aleph Zero validator node, further contributing to the decentralization of the network.

Another important aspect of this partnership involves the joint effort to design an educational hands-on program for developers. Aleph Zero and the University of Nicosia will work together towards that direction. This move reflects the shared ethos of both organizations – to democratize knowledge and make blockchain technology more accessible and understandable to all.

The challenges within the blockchain area are many and diverse. For example, the disparity between the tools and development stacks of different blockchain/distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) can hamper the technology’s adoption by developers. The partnership between UNIC and Aleph Zero seeks to bridge these gaps.

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Through the joint developer program and research initiatives, Aleph Zero and the University of Nicosia aim to cultivate an environment where students can thrive and the blockchain ecosystem can flourish. “The practical implications of this collaboration, UNIC as the validation node, will allow us to contribute directly to the growth of Aleph Zero.” said Dr. Klitos Christodoulou, the head of research at the University of Nicosia’s Distributed Ledgers Research Center (DLRC). A series of events, workshops and research programs will be rolled out. Together, these initiatives will serve as platforms to exchange knowledge, promote innovation and promote engagement in the blockchain community.

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About Aleph Zero

Aleph Zero is a public, permissionless and leaderless layer 1 blockchain built for use cases focused on optimal security, speed and scalability. Aleph Zero can also support a variety of privacy-enhancing use cases through Liminal technology. The goal of the platform is to enable builders from all verticals to benefit from a fundamentally improved distributed ledger design.

About the University of Nicosia

The University of Nicosia (UNIC) is a global leader in blockchain education, research and technological innovation. It was noted for being the first university to accept tuition payments in Bitcoin, offers Masters in Blockchain and Digital Currencies, and has issued the world’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on blockchain which to date has attracted nearly 95,000+ enrollments from 120 + country. UNIC has also been the first to deliver a chain course in the metaverse that gathered over 20,000 registrants. The course “NFTs & the Metaverse” was honored with the award “Most Exciting Project in Education” organized by the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) in 2023.

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