Blockchain Can Help Fight Fake Educational Qualifications

Blockchain as a technology has become a boon for most industries, who need to verify the authenticity of their products. We had previously discussed in depth the significance of the technology in the piece titled How Can Blockchain Help Prevent Counterfeiting?

Not just products, blockchain can now help in validating the veracity of educational qualifications. A new encrypted database has been created by Japanese multinational giant Sony and IT equipment services firm Fujitsu.

Powered by blockchain technology, this database could prevent forgery of language proficiency documents.

The need for such a technology arose out of the fact that many foreigners use fake documents to prove their proficiency in the Japanese language, in order to receive a resident status to study in Japan. One needs to submit a language proficiency certificate to the Immigration Bureau, only then can they obtain a visa.

However, there have been instances when illegal copies of the language certificates have been submitted to the Bureau.  Under such circumstances, a database like this could accurately identify the authentic documents and help the authorities in making a more informed decision.

The platform created by the two giants is ready to be tested in March before it can be formally used from April onwards.

It was developed by combining Fujitsu’s online learning system, and a blockchain developed by Sony Global Education Inc.

Data stored on the blockchain cannot be tampered with, which is why it will be virtually impossible for anyone to submit a fake certificate and get away with it. The trial in March will take place at Human Academy Co., which has Japanese language schools in the cities of Osaka, Saga and Tokyo.

Blockchain has proved to be a fundamental technology when it comes to fighting fakes and establishing the authenticity of any product. Here’s hoping more and more sectors will experiment with the technology in the days to come.