Swiss university is fighting fake diplomas with Blockchain technology

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The University of St. Gallen in Switzerland focuses on blockchain technology to combat fake diplomas, a type of fraud that has been increasing worldwide in recent years.

Diploma certification

According to an interview with CNN Money Switzerland on September 19, the University of St. Gallen has announced that it is introducing a blockchain-based pilot project to verify the authenticity of its degrees within seconds rather than a few days. The CIO Harald Rotter of the university said:

"I saw that it might be necessary and a valid use case to transfer our diplomas or more easily validate them based on a digital process on blockchain."

The University of St. Gallen has chosen to collaborate with the Swiss blockchain startup BlockFactory and will use its certification solution to make invariable degrees registered on the Ethereum blockchain.

Malaysia and Canada also fight against false degrees

Cointelegraph previously reported that the Malaysian Ministry of Education is also trying to address the increasing cases of fake training diplomas in its country. Malaysia introduced E-Skrol, an application built on the NEM blockchain to address the issue of certificate fraud through the use of blockchain technology.

In June, Cointelegraph announced that a Canadian technology institute is also planning to issue blockchain-based diplomas for its next graduation course. More than 4,800 graduates from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology will receive their first blockchain-based degrees along with their traditional parchments in 2019.

Similarly, the University of Bahrain has announced that it will work with the startup Learning Machine to provide its blockchain degrees in early 2019.

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