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Canada's SAIT Graduates To Receive Blockchain-based Diplomas

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Canada's Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) will grant blockchain-based digital diplomas to more than 4,800 Class of 2019 graduating students along with their traditional paper formats. The virtual diplomas will be issued in partnership with blockchain-powered On-Demand Education Marketplace or ODEM.

This will also be the largest-ever graduating class at a Canadian higher-education institution to be issued blockchain-based diplomas.

This will help graduates to directly share their academic achievements in digital format with recruiters and potential employers around the world. This will do away with the requests for paper or electronic records from SAIT, which is time consuming.

"Education is one of life's most valuable assets," said ODEM Chief Executive Officer Richard Maaghul. "We believe that students should have control over their own records, and blockchain technology makes that possible."

The employers are also protected with the validity of academic credentials easily and efficiently verified on the blockchain, ensuring against fraudulent education claims.

SAIT began the partnership with ODEM with a successful pilot project in December on the Ethereum blockchain to test the issuance of digital diplomas, which included twenty five graduates from the Pre-Employment Automotive Service Technician program.

In mid-January, University of Bahrain (UOB) began issuing blockchain-powered digital diplomas using the Blockcerts open standard, in partnership with blockchain technology company Learning Machine.

Earlier in December last year, the Malaysian Ministry of Education had launched an e-Scroll system for a consortium of Malaysian public universities to verify and validate degree certificates using a blockchain-powered web application. The e-Scroll system is developed and deployed by LuxTag, a blockchain-based anti-counterfeit and anti-theft solution provider, and is built on the NEM blockchain platform.

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