USI, SUPSI and Franklin University alongside Lugano on the Plan ₿

Working table on Bitcoin and Blockchain through educational and dissemination activities between the three Ticino universities and the City on the banks of the Ceresio

Lake Ceresio and Monte San Salvatore seen from the Ciani Park in Lugano
Lake Ceresio and Monte San Salvatore seen from the Ciani Park in Lugano

USI, SUPSI, Franklin University Switzerland and the City of Lugano have signed a framework agreement which aims to consolidate the collaboration within the project "Lugano Plan
₿” and to consciously integrate Bitcoin and Blockchain technology through educational activities and dissemination actions, creating a specific permanent work table to coordinate and strengthen the training offer linked to this technology.

The University of Lugano (USI), the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Franklin University Switzerland (FUS) and the City of Lugano have been collaborating for years to enrich the debate in the area in which they operate.

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The presentation, on 3 March 2022 at the Congress Center, of the collaboration between the City of Lugano and Tether Operations Limited: "Plan B" intends to create a European center of excellence for the adoption of cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology

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In particular, the four institutions have already made it possible to develop some important joint projects: "Lugano Living Lab" (the urban laboratory that promotes innovative and digital transformation projects in a public, academic and private partnership) and work together on projects in the Blockchain technology sector, as in the case of the "Plan ₿ Summer School", held in July this year, with the "MyLugano" project or with the recent development of the "3Achain" network, a blockchain platform designed to facilitate and support projects that need this type of technological infrastructure.

The three Ticino universities and the City have therefore decided to sign a further framework agreement regarding the "Lugano Plan ₿" to enhance present and future initiatives, at the same time creating a specific permanent work table to coordinate and strengthen the training offer linked to this technology.

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Lugano is the most populous city in the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland
Lugano is the most populous city in the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland: the Plan ₿ project was recently launched

A "win win" strategy for granting scholarships or funding professorships

The City on the banks of the Ceresio will directly support the universities in the context of research projects and events; moreover it will involve private bodies in the support, also economic, in favor of local universities, for example through the granting of scholarships or the financing of professorships.

Each university will focus its attention on topics of interest that are already being studied, including artificial intelligence, Blockchains in finance or business ethics, digital currencies, the design of the hardware/firmware world, architectures distributed, energy, electronics, governance and taxation, economic law, cryptography and cybersecurity.

In line with the vision of the "Lugano Plan ₿", the universities will be able to coordinate and develop basic and applied research, development and technology and knowledge transfer projects; develop and conduct courses, diploma projects, study programmes, theses, internships, hackathons, Summer and Winter Schools, CAS-Certificate of Advanced Studies, DAS-Diploma of Advanced Studies, MAS-Master of Advanced Studies and Doctorates; start exchange and internship projects; offer continuing education events and courses; participate in dissemination events and activities, promote scientific dissemination events and activities, including conferences, seminars and communication and awareness-raising activities for local stakeholders and, more generally, for society.

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Full respect for the scientific autonomy and academic independence of the three universities

The activities are carried out in full compliance with the scientific autonomy and academic independence of the universities, which are guaranteed.

For the City, this is a valuable agreement to promote the development of its territory by guaranteeing innovation, dissemination and effectiveness of the initiatives proposed under the "Lugano Plan ₿", thanks to the collaboration with qualified universities and the network of skills and knowledge.

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The presentation, on 3 March 2022 at the Congress Center, of the collaboration between the City of Lugano and Tether Operations Limited: "Plan B" intends to create a European center of excellence for the adoption of cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology
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