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#Malta to Store Education Certificates On a #Blockchain
In Malta, all educational certificates will be stored on a #blockchain, local English-language local media MaltaToday reports on Feb. 21.
The initiative is reportedly the scaling-up of a two-year-old pilot project to include all the nation’s schools, including secondary school certificates issued by the state, church and independent schools. According to the report, the Maltese government signed a two-year contract with software company Learning Machine, to build on the aforementioned pilot project.
During the signing ceremony at Castille, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat reportedly claimed that #Malta is the first country in the world to put all education certificates on a blockchain. He is also cited in the article saying: “In 2017, we said Malta will become the blockchain island, and it has.” As Bitcoin Info reported in January, the University of Bahrain also issues diplomas on the blockchain. #Trade Arabia reported that the university’s blockchain initiative is part of an overall digitization strategy for mobile learners.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has also issued blockchain-based digital certificates to more than 100 graduates as part of a pilot program as of mid-October 2017. The certificates were reportedly issued through a special app, which allowed graduates to share a “tamper-proof” and “verifiable” #digital version of their certificates with prospective employers and other parties.
In December 2016, news broke that the Kenyan government is utilizing IBM’s enterprise-grade blockchain solution to develop an immutable and transparent education management system.
In July of last year, the Maltese government passed a group of bills that provided legal certainty for crypto- and blockchain-related #businesses. Silvio Schembri, Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation within the Office of the Prime Minister of Malta said of the new laws: “The three Bills that will regulate distributed ledger #technology (DLT) have been approved by Parliament and enacted into law. #bitcoininfo