Students at the high-school level and above in Singapore will from this year receive digital certificates upon graduation. The initiative uses blockchain technology to enable an “easy and reliable way” to prove qualifications through tamper-free certification.
Authenticating An Education
The concept is simple enough. Graduating students receive digital certificates via email, each of which has an embedded cryptographic proof. Schools also add the certificates to an individual’s MySkillsFuture account – an online portal charting career and lifelong learning pathways. A copy also resides on the Ethereum-blockchain-based OpenCerts platform.
When applying for jobs or further studies, students send the digital certificate to the employer or school. Relevant parties can verify the certificate against the copy stored on the blockchain.
Education Minister Ong Ye Kung described the initiative as a “tangible example” of the benefits of Singapore’s Smart Nation journey.
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