The Malaysian Ministry of Education is turning to blockchain technology to combat degree fraud in order to maintain the integrity and reputation of universities in the Southeast Asian country.
This has seen the ministry unveil an issuance and verification system for university degrees based on the NEM blockchain. Known as the e-Scroll system, the idea of the blockchain application was mooted early this year by the Council of ICT Deans of Malaysian universities.
The e-Scroll system is expected to combat the rising cases of fake degrees in Malaysia some of which are now even being sourced online from ‘diploma mills’. The fake educational certificates not only disadvantage genuine students but also pose numerous dangers to society when critical sectors such as healthcare are staffed with people of questionable expertise.