The University of Nicosia (UNIC, for short) is the largest university in Cyprus, with over 11,000 students, from over 70 countries across the globe, coming together in an innovative and transformative learning space. Located in Nicosia, the country’s capital, and with presence in 18 other cities worldwide, UNIC is driven by its pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning, innovation, research, technology, and a continually evolving academic environment. UNIC’s new programmes focus on cutting-edge research, making them global leaders in certain fields, such as in the very successful initiative in Digital Currency/Blockchain Technology. Moreover, it should be noted that the University of Nicosia was the first in the world to accept bitcoin for tuition fees, the first in the world to issue credentials on the Bitcoin blockchain and the first in the world to offer a postgraduate master’s degree in Digital Currency & Blockchain Technology.

The Institute For the Future (IFF) is an interdisciplinary research Centre at the University of Nicosia (UNIC), aimed at advancing emerging technologies and contributing to their effective application in industry, government and education as well as evaluating their impact on society at large. Its mission is to educate leaders, develop knowledge and build communities to help society prepare for a future shaped by transformative technologies, such as distributed ledger technologies and state-of-the-art forecasting methodologies.

Polygon is the leading platform for Ethereum scaling and infrastructure development. Its growing suite of products offers developers easy access to all major scaling and infrastructure solutions: L2 solutions (ZK Rollups and Optimistic Rollups), sidechains, hybrid solutions, stand-alone and enterprise chains, data availability solutions, and more. Polygon’s scaling solutions have seen widespread adoption with 19,000+ applications hosted, 3.4B+ total transactions processed, ~135M+ unique user addresses, and $5B+ in assets secured.