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The Swiss University of St. Gallen tells spurious diplomats to fight. With the help of blockchain technology, the educational institution wants to prevent witness counterfeiting. Apparently it has come in recent years more fraud cases of this kind. The University of Basel has been storing certificates on the Blockchain since 2018. The Ministry of Culture in Malaysia is developing similar strategies in the fight against document forgery.

In an interview with CNN Money Switzerland, a spokesperson for the University of St. Gallen reports on a blockchain project to combat document fraud. According to the video published on 19 September, the Swiss institution is developing a system for the reliable verification of academic degrees.

Apparently, an increased demand for such structures results worldwide. For example, UNESCO identified academic fraud as a true industry. Accordingly, up to 200,000 fake diplomas are circulating. Originally, students received their final document in PDF format. A fake was so very easy. Previously, university staff needed a lot of time and spent a lot of bureaucratic work on verifying credentials. This sometimes took several days. The IT director of the University of St. Gallen, Harald Rotter, has something to oppose:

I saw that it might be necessary and could be a useful application to help us more easily communicate and verify our diplomas using a blockchain-based digital process.

University of St. Gallen cooperates with Blockchain start-up
The University of St. Gallen is cooperating in the development of the project with the Blockchain Start-up BlockFactory. Together, the participants are working on a certification mechanism that anchors university degrees on the Ethereum Blockchain. Thus, the decentralized form of storage makes the certificates unchangeable - and thus counterfeit-proof. The students then receive a digital certificate.

Data that the University of St. Gallen wants to store on the Blockchain in the future, for example, are the name and grades of the students. The introduction of this new system is still planned for October 2019. Meanwhile, the University of St. Gallen with over 9,000 students enrolled is one of the largest educational institutions in Switzerland. By 2020, the university wants to spend up to 200 certificates using technology from Bitcoin & Co.

In an interview with CNN Money Switzerland, a spokesperson for the University of St. Gallen reports on a blockchain project to combat document fraud. According to the video published on 19 September, the Swiss institution is developing a system for the reliable verification of academic degrees.

Apparently, an increased demand for such structures results worldwide. For example, UNESCO identified academic fraud as a true industry. Accordingly, up to 200,000 fake diplomas are circulating. Originally, students received their final document in PDF format. A fake was so very easy. Previously, university staff needed a lot of time and spent a lot of bureaucratic work on verifying credentials. This sometimes took several days. The IT director of the University of St. Gallen, Harald Rotter, has something to oppose:

I saw that it might be necessary and could be a useful application to help us more easily communicate and verify our diplomas using a blockchain-based digital process.

University of St. Gallen cooperates with Blockchain start-up
The University of St. Gallen is cooperating in the development of the project with the Blockchain Start-up BlockFactory. Together, the participants are working on a certification mechanism that anchors university degrees on the Ethereum Blockchain. Thus, the decentralized form of storage makes the certificates unchangeable - and thus counterfeit-proof. The students then receive a digital certificate.

Data that the University of St. Gallen wants to store on the Blockchain in the future, for example, are the name and grades of the students. The introduction of this new system is still planned for October 2019. Meanwhile, the University of St. Gallen with over 9,000 students enrolled is one of the largest educational institutions in Switzerland. By 2020, the university wants to spend up to 200 certificates using technology from Bitcoin & Co.


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