Students in Singapore receive digital certificates that are verified using the blockchain

In Singapore, when it comes to adapting blockchain technology, it seems to be significantly further ahead than here in Europe. Because how channelnewsasia reports, students will now receive digital certificates for their achievements. With the help of a blockchain-based platform, the certificates are to be transmitted to the students in a tamper-proof manner. The news was presented by Singapore's Minister of Education, Ong Ye Kung, on Friday, May 3rd, 2019.

Open concerts against fake certificates

The innovation was presented as a development of the "OpenCerts" initiative, which was developed in collaboration with the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) and the Ministry of Education was developed. OpenCert is a platform based on the blockchain. It is intended to enable tamper-proof and reliable issuing of certificates. Documents can then be verified via the website. The whole works as follows:

  1. An OpenCerts certificate is created
  2. A unique code is linked to the certificate and linked to the blockchain together with the information in the certificate
  3. If a .opencert certificate is opened, the content is checked with the document on the blockchain
  4. This ensures that the certificate is valid

If a student applies to a company in the future, the staff in the HR department can check the validity of the documents using opencerts. This has the advantage for the students that they do not have to worry about document management and completeness. They receive their digital certificates by email, which are cryptographically secured and are therefore only accessible to the designated student.

In addition, companies can use it protect against forged certificates.

Singapore's Minister of Education, Ong Ye Kung, is delighted with the Further development of the country in this area:

With OpenCerts we use the power of blockchain in a practical way. It allows every educational institution to issue OpenCerts and offers everyone the opportunity to quickly check the validity of the digital certificates. This will make the application process and hiring easier, both for applicants and for employers. 



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