King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has become the first institution in the Middle East to issue Blockcerts, blockchain-anchored credentials. In partnership with Learning Machine Technologies, the digital diplomas were issued to all KAUST students who graduated in December 2018, according to a report.
“It is imperative that we as a world-renowned science and technology university take a leadership position not only in the development of new and innovative technologies but also the adoption and deployment of emerging technologies that provide significant value to our students and alumni,” Said Jason Roos, KAUST Chief Information Officer. “We are excited to partner with Learning Machine to leverage the unmodifiable properties of blockchain while issuing digital diplomas, which will facilitate more secure and easier means of verification for our future graduates.”
For thousands of years, people have been awarded some kind of proof of their academic or other credentials, now with blockchain technology, we have new ways of sharing and verifying those credentials – digitally. With Blockcerts, academic credentials can be anchored to any blockchain, public, private, or permissioned, and can be shared for immediate verification with any employer, government, or educational institution in the world.
“We are excited to work with the KAUST Emerging Technology team to bring this project to life,” commented Natalie Smolenski, Learning Machine SVP of Business Development at Learning Machine. “Mohammed Halawani and his colleagues have shown true commitment to bringing the security, portability, and ownership benefits of Blockcerts to KAUST students, faculty, and staff. We sincerely look forward to our ongoing work together”.
Instantly Verify Credentials
KAUST is not the only learning institution in the Middle East embracing this technology. In January, the University of Bahrain signed with Learning Machine in order to issue Digital certificates.
“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,” said Professor Riyad Hamzah, President of The University of Bahrain.
Cameron Mirza, head of Strategy at the University of Bahrain, added, “The potential of blockchain goes far beyond cryptocurrency and its potential use within education is both fascinating and exciting. This project is a first step into exploring that potential in a controlled and collaborative environment”.