Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training will soon upload high school and university diplomas to a blockchain.
This announcement is made in collaboration with the company TomoChain, based in Singapore.
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Vietnam’s education and training ministry will upload its high school and university diplomas to a blockchain , its partner Bitcoin Code announced on November 18, 2020.
This initiative includes a trial period in 2020-2021, with the issuance of secondary and higher education diplomas to more than 1.5 million students, and the addition of diplomas already held.
Students obtaining other types of degrees under the aegis of the ministry will also be included.
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This development of TomoChain took place in a context of non-aligned skills processing by institutions, to the detriment of recruiters and human resources departments.
“The archive of qualifications with blockchain technology has been researched and adopted by TomoChain for over a year,” explained Long Vuong, founder and CEO of TomoChain.
Deputy Minister for Education and Training Nguyen Van Phuc said:
Currently, the storage of evidence on a public channel is a global trend because of its economic, security and confidential benefits. I firmly believe that this system provides a solid basis for the adoption of cutting edge digital technologies in eGovernment 4.0 in Vietnam, thus helping us to move forward alongside other innovative and progressive countries around the world.
While blockchain degrees have been around since MIT launched a pilot program in 2017 for 111 graduates, their adoption has been slow and rarely across the TomoChain-Vietnam project.
Other examples include the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology , which began with 4,800 students in 2019. Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea, built on its experience from 2019 by delivering from blockchain certificates to graduates of a blockchain CEO course.
The university has graduated 828 new blockchain graduates in 2020 as part of the institution’s COVID-19 measures. Some universities in Colombia have also used the blockchain for access to degrees.
Vietnam joins Malta as a country granting blockchain degrees at the national level rather than the institutional level. The degrees are just one facet of a larger push by the Vietnamese government to implement the technology in all ministries, including the Ministry of Information and Communications, which has unveiled its blockchain platform akacChain