University of Bahrain (UOB) will issue diplomas with the use of blockchain technology, Trade Arabia reports.
The country’s higher educational institution, in partnership with the Learning Machine company, uses the Blockcerts blockchain which is already widely applied in various fields of activity.
Blockcerts is an open standard for creating, issuing, viewing, and verifying any kind of blockchain information. Its data are fixed, cryptographically signed, protected from an unauthorized access, and may be used by any concerned persons.
UOB is considered one of the pioneers in application of blockchain technology for students. Professor Riyad Hamzah, President of UOB, declares that every graduate will have a digital profile with graduation data, and from now on their future employers will be able to see University’s diploma without waiting for the official confirmation. Blockchain application initiative is a component of UOB’s strategy on increased use of digital technologies.
The representatives of Bahrain’s Cabinet of Ministers as early as in 2018 stressed the need for innovations. In September Abdulhussain bin Ali Mirza, Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs, called the distributed ledger technology a true component of progress and suggested to use its advantages in different branches.
UOB is not the first college to issue educational documents on blockchain. In October 2018, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued certificates based on blockchain to more than hundred graduates as part of a pilot project.
As previously reported, Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) will establish the first country’s Blockchain Academy.
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