The University of Bahrain will begin giving out their certificates to students on blockchains, according to a February 11, 2019 report, which states that this new initiative will solve the problem of transparency while helping to address the skill gap.
Blockchain in Bahrain
Blockchain being used to issue educational certificates has existed for a while now with the Globsyn Business School and the University of Melbourne adopting the practice. The latest university to adopt blockchain for the issuing of certificates is the University of Bahrain, with the news being reported on February 11, 2019.
This new development is in collaboration with Learning Machine, who had previously done the same thing with MIT in 2018.
According to reports, the idea for this can About when the University of Bahrain had gotten word back from students, employers, and other universities that the process of validating credentials took too long. At the same time, the school wanted to ensure the validity of any certificates claiming to be from their institution.
Solving Age-Old Problems
With the use of blockchain, both problems are solved simultaneously. The degrees issued through the blockchain can be verified within four seconds and the system ensures that forgery and fraud are prevented.
University of Bahrain President, Professor Riyad Hamzah said.
“We at UOB are delighted to be the trailblazers in using blockchain in the MENA region in order to better serve our students. This technology provides an encrypted platform to issue credentials to students with cryptographic proof that they were issued by UOB. Students will also have their own digital file, which means that they or indeed their employers will not have to wait for us to validate their credentials,”
The benefits of this also go beyond validation certificates as it has been mentioned that the skill gap can easily be addressed by the University through feedback from employers. In the past, a constant back-and-forth would have had to take place between both parties to understand what was lacking. Now, it can be done instantly.
Cameron Mirza,Head of Strategy at the University said
“The use of Blockchain will allow us to capture the credentials and certificates of graduates in real time and if we have solid employer data, we can do the analysis immediately. Often there is a lag in understand skills gaps, through real time data we can now address issues far quicker than before and start to plan ahead to address future skills requirements,”