University of Bahrain will be issuing digital diplomas using blockchain technology

The University of Bahrain (UoB) in partnership with Learning Machine announce that it will be issuing digital diplomas anchored to the blockchain using the Blockcerts open standard. This initiative makes UoB one of the first universities globally to issue digital diplomas.

Blockcerts is a global, open standard for creating, issuing, viewing, and verifying any type of official record using a blockchain as a secure anchor of trust. The Learning Machine Issuing System enables governments, corporations, and educational institutions to issue Blockcerts at scale.

University of Bahrain president, Professor Riyad Hamzah comments on this new initiative saying: “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.”

Professor Riyad also acknowledged the support received from the Information and eGovernment Authority in Bahrain that advocated this project.

Cameron Mirza, head of Strategy at the University of Bahrain, added, “From the publication of our transformation plan in 2016, we made it clear that as a University we need to embrace disruptive technology in order to improve our organizational effectiveness and to improve the student experience. Through this collaboration with Learning Machine, I am both excited and confident we can accomplish both.”

Mirza adds that 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,” he said.

Learning Machine has already deployed secure credentialing systems around the world, including Europe, the Carribean, Austrialia, the Middle East, and North America.

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