The Vietnamese Ministry of Education (MOET) plans to implement blockchain technology for certification in 2021.
According to an announcement released on November 18, MOET has partnered with a Singapore startup TomoChain to host national student degrees on its blockchain platform, TomoChain.
Within the framework of the National Archives Qualifications Project, the Ministry of Education and Science plans to issue all kinds of diplomas issued by the education departments, as well as higher education and higher education on blockchain. It is reported that the new system will enter into force during the school year ending in 2021.
According to the announcement, Vietnam’s new blockchain-based degree system is designed to provide transparent and consistent verification of student qualifications. The new system is expected to replace lengthy control processes of recruitment agencies and human resources departments. Nguyen Van Vuoc, US Deputy Secretary of Energy, said:
“Diploma and Certificate Management is a problem that needs to be addressed using technologies that are important to society as a whole, as well as being a cost-effective system for managing diplomas in particular and education in general.”
Ken Chaturvedi, director of business development at TomoChain, told Cointelegraph that this initiative is the first time a startup is offering its services to a government agency. “This is also the first time the Vietnamese government is handling any blockchain-related business,” Chaturvedi noted.
A number of education ministries and schools around the world have announced plans to issue diplomas on blockchain. In March 2020, the Brazilian Ministry of Education invited non-governmental universities to issue blockchain-based certificates to prevent fraud. In the same month, two Italian schools announced plans to award diplomas on the Ethereum blockchain.