Bitfury, a multi-sector blockchain company, has partnered with the Plekhanov University of Russian Economics to create an accelerator for blockchain projects, the forklog news bulletin reported on November 21st.
In addition to supporting the development of blockchain projects, the university will provide courses and further training dedicated to "training specialists who are able to create innovative projects using digital technologies in a short time". This will allow specialists to "bring [the projects] to the market in the midst of the new industrial revolution, "Dmitry Ufaev, head of Bitfury Russia, told Forklog.
According to Forklog, the project will be supported by the Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media. A ministry official quoted by the newspaper stressed that the pilot program meets the aspirations of public institutions and large companies that need to be modernized.
As reported previously by Cointelegraph, major universities around the world are offering encryption courses with increasing frequency. According to a recent Coinbase study, 42% of the world's top 50 universities, such as Berkeley, Stanford and Cornell, offer at least one class on cryptocurrencies and blockchains.
Earlier this week, the University of Tokyo announced a blockchain technology course after several companies – including Japanese banking giant Sumitomo Mitsui – donated $ 800,000 to support the program.
In October, the University of Gibraltar set up an advisory group that will focus on developing blockchain-related education courses. Reportedly, the New Technologies in Education group is a joint initiative between the government, the university and a number of major technology companies based in the country.
On November 6, Bitfury closed a financing round led by the European venture capital fund Korelya Capital, after raising $ 80 million. The company has also recently hired an investment banker, Antoine Dresch, on its board of directors, and a former member of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Annette Nazareth, in its advisory committee.