Malaysia has been rated to have one of the top five universities in ASEAN countries, but that does not mean it has no problems to deal with. One of such is the issue of fake certificates which are constantly in circulation. As a solution, the Malaysian Ministry of Education has decided to verify and validate university certificates using Blockchain technology.
The Problem With The Manual Method of Verification
The government of Malaysia has noted that on a yearly basis, it gets several requests around the globe to verify certificates. But then, this is a difficult process since an analogue method is used. The verification of certificates is done via email or phone calls which could be cumbersome.
Also, some of these certificates are forged especially on websites that provide the service. This is an illegal means of acquiring degrees which affect the economy. For instance, some health workers who have falsely obtained certificates are inexperienced, and as such, the service rendered is poor. The inability to verify these degrees in the past, also made the competition higher for those who were qualified for the position.
Blockchain Technology, a Solution to Fake Degrees
A solution to this problem is the Blockchain technology. Here, the Luxtag platform which is based on NEM’s blockchain is used. When new certificates are issued, they will have a QR code which has already been stored on the Blockchain. As such, anyone across the globe can verify the genuineness of such degrees just by accessing a web application known as e-Scroll. All that is required is an internet connection.
The LuxTag team in collaboration with a Professor from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) developed this system. What it does, is to store the hash on the certificate unto the NEM blockchain. It also uses LuxTag patent pending which then enters the certificate’s information onto the Blockchain. Therefore the data entered cannot be deleted and is secure.
Elmi Haryadi, the e-Scroll project lead stated that;
I’m happy that we have sUccessfully completed this project and delivered to IIUM. The team of programmers in LuxTag worked very hard together to come up with a meaningful solution for the education sector.
So far, the first phase of the project has been implemented. That is to say, about 200 PhD students who recently graduated, received degrees that had already been uniquely identified. Their data has been stored on the NEM Blockchain and can be accessed via the e-Scroll website.