Ngee Ann Polytechnic becomes the first educational institution in Singapore to issue blockchain certificates.
To date, Ngee Ann Polytechnic offers 49 full-time diploma courses covering fields from business, design and environment, media and the humanities to engineering, technology, health and life sciences. By using Ethereum Blockchain technology and client software built by Parity Technologies, polytechnic will be issuing diplomas, commonly referred to as e-certs, with a public facing front end to validate the e-certs issued on the blockchain. This will allow potential employers to verify authenticity and origination of the certificates.
Mr Clarence Ti, Principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic, said:
“We issue over 4000 diploma certs and other kinds of certificates every year. The process of verifying the authenticity of certificates can be very manual. With blockchain, we can simplify this process, make it user-driven, and boost productivity. Not only will this help students effectively kickstart their career, employers also get them onboard with minimal hassle.”
According to the official press release, this initiative became possible in partnership with blockchain technology company Attores and its ‘Open Certificates’ platform that enables the polytechnic to quickly create new e-certs for their students using an intuitive interface.
Attores CEO David Moskowitz commented:
“Digitization also removes the costs associated with verifying the authenticity of the diploma if an employer needs to check on a potential candidate. We eliminate a large chunk of the costs associated with issuing and verifying certificates. This is at least a 75% cost savings compared with traditional issuance.”