Malaysian Government, Universities Team to Put Degrees on a Blockchain
The Malaysian Ministry of Education has created a new consortium of universities that use block-chain technology to treat large-scale industries as fake certificates.
The Ministry of Education announced Thursday that it has launched a block-chain-based system called e-Scroll for university degree issuance and validation with a new consortium of six universities reported on Twitter.
The solution was addressed by increased fraudulent cases and increased ease of accessing the Internet.
"Buyers are ready to spend up to £ 500,000 on fake documents," MoE quoted a BBC radio report describing a "staggering" deal on fake diploma transcripts from January. "Such a scenario is in Malaysia."
The ministry expects the Council of ICT Deans to first announce ideas for a blockchain-based system in January, as well as to prove the source of the certificate and improve efficiency.
According to the release report, the University of Malaysia is currently receiving thousands of requests to identify graduates. This is still done via phone and email, which is "inefficient."
Developed by a team at the International Islamic University (IIUM), the system said that it stores certificate data in a chain of NEM blocks and provides "on the fly" on-line verification when scanning printed QR codes on degree certificates.
In the first phase of the project, IIUM's Ph.D. students graduate on November 10th will record the degree certificate in the system. The ministry said it is encouraging other universities to join the consortium.
"While these systems can be built using different block chains, NEM was chosen because of its unique ability to manage traceability and authentication requirements."
Degree certificate image through Shutterstock
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