Hokkaido state University, with the support of two telecommunications companies, is creating a blockchain-based solution for verifying the authenticity of educational documents.
Nikkei, Muroran Institute of technology (MuIT) is partnering with telecommunications giants Nippon Telegraph (NTT) and Telephone West to develop a blockchain-based solution for verifying education certificates.
According to sources familiar with the initiative, the project, which is planned to be implemented by March 2020, will be deployed in the existing Nippon Telegraph and Telephone diploma verification system. Technical support for developers will be provided by local it firm BarnardSoft.
Accounting for academic achievements is becoming a challenge for large companies. The project team made it clear that if the pilot blockchain is successful, it is planned to expand the capabilities of the solution in order to track career achievements and other information about the education of employees and job seekers.
The blockchain-based degree verification system will first be tested at MuIT before it is integrated into the workflows of five more universities in 2020.
Universities and companies around the world are testing diplomas on the blockchain. Recall that in September, the Swiss University of St. Gallen announced
about the beginning of testing a blockchain system that will help in the fight against forgery of higher education diplomas. Earlier it was reported that Malaysia plans to fight fake diplomas at the national level. In addition, in February, Malta announced the transfer of the storage of educational diplomas to the blockchain.