Graduates from 18 learning institutions in Singapore can now receive blockchain-based digital certificates.
The project operates through OpenCerts, a collaborative initiative that employs distributed ledger systems to provide and authenticate certificates.
About OpenCerts Blockchain Certificates
OpenCerts is the product of a partnership between Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE), Government Technology Agency (GovTech), the Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) and the SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). Their main goal is to equip Singapore citizens with skills and prospects useful in life.
OpenCerts is an open-source platform from the Ethereum blockchain network. Therefore it presents an “easy and reliable way” to issue and authenticate certificates that are tamper-resistant.
The graduates of the selected 18 learning institutions obtain digital certificates embedded with a cryptographic proof for secure validation.
For instance, when graduates use these digital certificates for job applications or to apply for higher learning at other institutions, employers or institutions verify them directly via the OpenCerts online website, OpenCerts.io.
Above all, this nationwide project simplifies and minimizes administrative processes and physical paperwork for employers.
A Good Solution to a Real-World Problem
Speaking on May 3 during Temasek Polytechnic’s graduation ceremony, Mr Ong described the project as a “tangible example” of the fruits of Singapore’s Smart Nation journey. Students receive their certificates digitally upon completion. Mr Ong noted that “employers can immediately validate the digital diplomas received as genuine.”
Solving a “Productivity Issue”
The project was initially tried in 2018 by GovTech and NP. The first group of online certificates was issued to NP’s graduating cohort last year.
NP issues almost 10,000 physical certificates each year that carry an official stamp of approval. Therefore, they also receive more than 2,000 verification requests from employers and learning institutions.
Currently, The Singapore University of Social Sciences takes a minimum of three working days to process a verification request.
In Conclusion, the new system of online certificates is likely to expand into other parts of the Singapore educational system.