According to a report by Trade Arabia, a news outlet, University of Bahrain will issue diplomas on blockchain. The article mentions that university utilizes Blockcerts open standard in synergy with Learning Machine. The latter is a startup providing verification of official records using a set blockchain anchored format.
In September 2018, the Bahrain government laid emphasis on Blockchain’s immense potential for countries economic welfare. Furthermore, he urges using better practices in cybersecurity vigilance. Abdulhussain Mirza, Bahrain’s minister of electricity and water affairs, declared:
“Blockchain’s ability to protect user’s data is a true mark of progress, especially due to the fact that it can be applied in different companies from different industries including cybersecurity.”
Trade Arabia also reports today that university’s blockchain initiative is a part of the digitization drive for mobile learners. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) earlier issued blockchain-based digital certificates in October 2017. More than 100 graduates received certificates.
From the University President’s Desk
University of Bahrain president, Professor Riyad Hamzah, explained the rationale for using the Learning Machine platform for academic records:
“We at UOB are delighted to be the trailblazers in using blockchain in the Mena region in order to better serve our students. 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.As Bahrain positions itself as a technology first country and makes significant progress towards the national 2030 economic vision, I am excited that UOB is playing its role as a pioneer of blockchain and as the regional leader in embracing technology to better serve the country.”
The Blockcerts development team explained:
“Blockcerts provides a decentralized credentialing system. The Bitcoin blockchain acts as the provider of trust, and credentials are tamper-resistant and verifiable. Use blockcerts in context of academic, professional, and workforce credentialing.”