Malaysia’s ministry of education has announced that it has set up a University consortium which will run on the blockchain technology while it has also launched an e-Scroll system. The purpose of this University consortium is to tackle the huge wave of fake certificates in circulation.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Education posted a press release via twitter saying that the university consortium consists of six universities and that the newly launched e-Scroll system will be used to issue and verify university degrees.
What Prompted this move by the Ministry?
The consortium of universities and the e-scroll system were put in place to counter the rise of fake degrees certificates and the simplicity with which it can be obtained online.
In response to a report by BBC Radio on the ease at which people obtain fake degree certificates over the internet, the Ministry of Education said that “Buyers are prepared to spend up to half a million pounds on bogus documents. Sadly, they later successfully join the workforce to become bogus doctors, consultants, and nurses, whose ‘expertise’ our lives depend upon, and bogus engineers whose product and construction we use every day. Such a scenario is also not unheard of in Malaysia.”
According to the Ministry, it was in the month of January that the idea for a blockchain based system was suggested by the Council of ICT Deans and its expectations in order to increase effectiveness and easily authenticate an original certificate.
According to the release, one of the weaknesses of the previous style of certificate authentication is that every year Malaysian Universities receive global requests in its thousands to verify graduates while the process is still being done through emails and telephone calls; and this is why the system is inefficient. However, moving forward, things will operate differently.
“The initial members of the Consortium comprise six public universities – Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), the International Islamic Malaysia (IIUM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (UMS), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM). Other Universities have been asked to join the movement. In the current application, the verification of degree certificates have been made easy as long as you have an internet connection, it only takes a few seconds for you to scan the QR code printed on the certificate via a QR code scanner.“
The verification process can be done from anywhere in the world as long as there is Internet connectivity, and the process takes only a few seconds.