Academic credentials such as diplomas, school leaving certificates, and transcripts will start being issued to Maltese students in an internationally portable, instantly verifiable digital format through Blockcerts, after Malta completed the world’s first national pilot of Blockcerts blockchain credentials.
A two-year agreement to roll out Blockcerts to all Maltese education institutions has been signed by the Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE) and Learning Machine.
Educational institutions will also continue to receive official accreditation certificates on the blockchain for instant verification of status.
Back in 2017, the Ministry for Education partnered with Learning Machine to launch a pilot project where academic credentials were issued using blockchain as a secure anchor of trust. Among other recipients of this pilot project, students at ITS and MCAST were presented their credentials on blockchain during their respective graduation ceremonies.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that having credentials safely stored on blockchain not only guaranteed the safety of personal information, but minimised bureaucracy, giving students instant access to their own credentials.
He said that Malta be the easiest country in the world for employers to verify any worker’s skills and credentials, facilitating opportunities for qualified workers, identifying areas where we can close the skills gaps and prevent a brain drain.
Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation Silvio Schembri said that the time is ripe to translate what was garnered from this pilot project onto a nationwide level.
Mr Schembri also announced that the second call for applications for DLT and Blockchain scholarships will open this Monday. New specialised Master’s-level courses focusing on Blockchain and DLT in Business and Finance, Law and Regulation, and Information and Communication Technology will open for the first time this October.
“With a surfeit of foreign investors from this sector who have shown interest in investing in our country, it is imperative that our country provides them with the required human resources to execute successfully their operations. This scholarship ensures that we succeed in fulfilling this requirement.”