University of St. Gallen Launches Blockchain-based Diploma Verification Pilot

The  is launching a blockchain-enabled pilot project that verifies the authenticity of diplomas within seconds, instead of taking several days when using the traditional system.

Harald Rotter, the university’s CIO, told CNN Money in a recent interview that the degree verification software “could be necessary and it could be a valid use case to transfer or to make easier to validate our diplomas based on a digital process on blockchain.”

The University of St. Gallen has teamed up with Swiss blockchain firm BlockFactory and will use its degree verification platform to issue immutable diplomas that are recorded on the Ethereum blockchain.

The Malaysian Ministry of Education recently revealed that it will be using E-Skrol, a software program based on the NEM blockchain, to determine whether diplomas are authentic. 

Malaysia’s education minister Dr. Maszlee Malik said that the issue of fake degrees has negatively affected the nation’s higher education system. 

He remarked:

“There are people who latch on to the reputation of Malaysian public universities to improve their profiles by displaying fake certificates. I believe the blockchain application can change this situation.’

In January 2019, the University of Bahrain announced that it will issue diplomas on the blockchain.

The university will use the Blockcerts open standard through a partnership with Learning Machine, a company that provides a platform to issue verifiable diplomas via a blockchain-enabled format.

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