Malaysian govt launches blockchain certificate verification to flash out fake degrees

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At the moment, universities in Malaysia get thousands of requests from around the world asking for the verification of educational certificates (Pic - Pixabay)

World over, degree fraud is a menace and what better way to combat it than Blockchain?

This is the technology that the Malaysian Ministry of Education is turning to in an effort to maintain the integrity and reputation of universities in the Southeast Asian country.

The ministry has unveiled an issuance and verification system for university degrees known as the e-Scroll system, the idea of the blockchain application was mooted early this year by the Council of ICT Deans of Malaysian universities based on the NEM blockchain.

The e-Scroll system is expected to combat the rising cases of fake degrees in Malaysia some of which are now even being sourced online from ‘diploma mills’. The fake educational certificates not only disadvantage genuine students but also pose numerous dangers to society when critical sectors such as healthcare are staffed with people of questionable expertise.

“Realizing the need to safeguard the reputation and integrity of Malaysian universities, the Ministry of Education has taken a decisive action to prevent such degree fraud which also cheats and unfairly disadvantages genuine students,” said Malaysia’s Ministry of Education in a tweeted statement.


At the moment, universities in Malaysia get thousands of requests from around the world asking for the verification of educational certificates. So far this has been highly inefficient since it is done via emails and over the telephone but this will no longer be a problem with the NEM-based e-Scroll system.

 
In line with it's blockchain agenda, the Malaysian education ministry has also launched a blockchain technology consortium whose membership is largely drawn from universities in the country. The goal of the consortium is to assist in the training of academics and students on blockchain technology. The consortium also hopes to develop blockchain applications potentially making this a revenue generator for the member institutions. The consortium has 6 founding member universities

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