The Ministry of Education of Malaysia is turning to blockchain technology to combat fraud in degrees in order to maintain the integrity and reputation of universities in the Southeast Asian country.
This saw the ministry unveil an issuance and verification system for university titles based on the NEM blockchain. Known as the e-Scroll system, the idea of the blockchain application was introduced at the beginning of this year by the Council of ICT Deans of Malaysian universities.
The e-Scroll system is expected to combat the increasing number of false degrees in Malaysia, some of which are now being purchased online by "diploma mills". False educational certificates not only penalize genuine students, they also pose numerous dangers to society when critical areas like health care are endowed with people with questionable skills.
"Understanding the need to safeguard the reputation and integrity of Malaysian universities, the Ministry of Education has taken a decisive action to prevent such fraud that deceives and disadvantages disadvantages of genuine students," he said. Ministry of Education of Malaysia in a tweet declaration.
Improve efficiency in verification
At the moment, universities in Malaysia receive thousands of requests from all over the world to request verification of school certificates. So far this has been highly inefficient since it is done via e-mail and phone, but this will no longer be a problem with the NEM-based e-Scroll system.
According to the Ministry of Education of Malaysia, the NEM blockchain was chosen because it has unique characteristics regarding authentication and traceability management. A QR code is printed on the certificate and every time it is necessary to check, the QR code is scanned from anywhere in the world as long as there is an Internet connection.
During the first phase of implementation of the e-Scroll system, all graduation certifications of graduate students who graduate this month from the International Islamic University Malaysia will be incorporated into the blockchain.
At the same time, the Malaysian Ministry of Education has also launched a blockchain technology consortium whose membership is largely drawn from the country's universities. The goal of the consortium is to assist in the training of academics and students on blockchain technology. The consortium also hopes to develop blockchain applications potentially making this a revenue generator for member institutions.
The six founding universities of the consortium are International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), University of Technology, Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UITM ).
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