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Huobi University, a leading blockchain technology and application education institution in China, and the University of Gibraltar have announced plans to collaborate on blockchain education and research.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore the development of blockchain education and research initiatives has been agreed between the two universities and was signed in Beijing by Gibraltar’s Minister for Commerce, Albert Isola, and Jianing Yu, the President of Huobi University. Albert Isola formally exchanged the document on behalf of the University of Gibraltar with Jianing Yu President of Huobi University, during his visit to Beijing this week.

Albert Isola, Gibraltar's Minister for Commerce

MOU exchanged between University of Gibraltar and Huobi University


The agreement is geared towards promoting cooperation in education, academic research, the development and collaboration of academic programmes, and the creation and delivery of short courses in key areas including blockchain, cryptotechnology, and fintech.

On signing, Mr Isola stated: “We are very excited at the prospect of future collaborations between Huobi University and the University of Gibraltar, particularly as a means of accelerating the establishment of high quality blockchain-focused educational initiatives. Both parties share an ambition to promote high level academic research around the burgeoning DLT landscape, and I look forward to seeing this vision take shape.”

President of Huobi University, Dr. Yu Jianing said; “The Huobi University is an education and research institution focusing on the frontier fields of new distributed business models, new applications of blockchain technology, and new digital finance systems. The goal is to cultivate top entrepreneurs and investors in the blockchain field. Huobi University have been giving the courses in China, the United States, Japan, and South Korea, and have trained more than 1,000 blockchain industry elites. Strategic cooperation with the University of Gibraltar is an important step towards the internationalization of the Huobi University, and both parties will launch a series of English- oriented courses for entrepreneurs and investors around the world in the future.”

Mr Isola added: “Huobi has a rich history of working with the Gibraltar Government in the pursuit of blockchain innovation. The company was awarded a full DLT licence from the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) in November 2018, and Huobi recognises the intrinsic link between the development of blockchain education offerings and mainstream DLT adoption — a sentiment that has fuelled Gibraltar’s ascent as a global blockchain powerhouse.”

Vice-Chancellor at the University of Gibraltar, Professor Catherine Bachleda went on to say: “The University of Gibraltar is already actively engaged in the blockchain, DLT and FinTech educational landscape, providing professional and tertiary courses. We are very much looking forward to advancing knowledge in this exciting new world through research.”

Huobi University is an affiliate of the Huobi Group, a leading global digital asset financial services provider established in Beijing in 2013. With operations established worldwide, Huobi is one of the largest exchanges operating in the blockchain industry and has established compliance service teams across the globe to ensure a customer-centric approach.

In June, Albert Isola MP, Gibraltar’s Minister for Commerce attended and delivered the keynote speech at a blockchain seminar organised by Huobi Group in Beijing. The ‘Discover Gibraltar with Huobi’ event provided an extensive insight into Gibraltar’s evolving Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) ecosystem and supportive regulatory environment. The Huobi seminar included panel sessions on blockchain regulation and fintech development with a number of prominent Chinese blockchain academics from leading Chinese universities and professionals participating in the discussions. Gibraltar Finance at Huobi Group Seminar, Beijing

Minister Isola was accompanied at this week’s MOU signing ceremony by Gibraltar Finance Senior Executives, Michael Ashton and Paul Astengo. Yang Jun, Vice President of the Huobi University, David Chen, VP of Huobi University, Wang Yan, General Manager of Huobi Club, and Pan Dong, Deputy General Manager of Huobi Club, also attended the signing ceremony.