Blockcerts: KAUST 1st Middle East university to issue blockchain diplomas
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Learning Machine Technologies at the end of 2018 become the first institution in the Middle East to issue Blockcerts, blockchain-anchored credentials, according to Unlock Blockchain.
Digital diplomas were issued to all KAUST students graduating in December 2018 using the Learning Machine Issuing System. The diplomas were anchored to the blockchain using Blockcerts, the global open standard for portable, secure, and digital records that can be verified as official for a lifetime without cost. Blockcerts were developed jointly by MIT Media Lab and Learning Machine.
Jason Roos, CIO of KAUST, explained: “It is imperative that we as a world-renowned science and technology university take a leadership position not only in the development of new and innovative technologies but also the adoption and deployment of emerging technologies that provide significant value to our students and alumni.
With Blockcerts, academic credentials can be anchored to any blockchain: public, private, or permissioned, thus can be shared with any employer, government, or educational institution in the world, instantly and free, for immediate verification.
Earlier in January, the University of Bahrain also signed with Learning Machine to issue Digital certificates, according to Unlock Blockchain.
University of Bahrain president, Professor Riyad Hamzah, said: “Students will have their own digital file, which means that they or indeed their employers will not have to wait for us to validate their credentials.”
Cameron Mirza, head of Strategy at the University of Bahrain, added, “The potential of blockchain goes far beyond cryptocurrency and its potential use within education is both fascinating and exciting. This project is a first step into exploring that potential in a controlled and collaborative environment.”
Learning Machine has deployed secure credentialing systems for customers across Europe, the Caribbean, Australia, the Middle East, and North America, said Unlock Blockchain.
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