Focus on blockchain technology: dematerialized, certified and secure diplomas

Published on May 27, 2019 by Laure - Updated on 14 mai 2024 à 11H36

Digital certification is an important step in the digital transformation of higher education and its ecosystem. To offer its customers ever more innovative solutions, Kosmos, a member of the EdTech network, supports innovative startups in the education sector.

In 2019, Kosmos has chosen to support BCDiploma, a startup launched in 2017 by Luc Jarry-Lacombe and Vincent Langard. Through this partnership, Kosmos aims to offer its customers a new service for certifying diplomas using blockchain technology.

Falsified diplomas are a reality

In 2017, according to the French Ministry of Education, Teaching and Research, 30% of CVs sent to recruitment agencies mentioned diplomas in an abusive or inaccurate way. Today, it's easy to falsify a Graduate's diploma. Until very recently, to guarantee the veracity of diplomas obtained, it was necessary to request a certified copy from the issuer. Blockchain technology now makes it possible to offer a solution for guaranteeing the authenticity of a Graduate's diploma without a tedious process.

What is blockchain?

Blockchain is a technology that emerged in 2008 with the Bitcoin digital currency. It was introduced by an unknown man using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.

A blockchain is a database containing the history of all exchanges between its users since its creation. This database is secure and distributed: it is shared by its various users, without intermediaries, enabling each one to confirm the validity of the chain.

Its innovation lies in the fact that this solution operates without a central control body, thus preventing piracy. Each user can use a cryptographic system to check the validity of information, add data and record a transaction at any time.
There are public blockchains, open to all, and private blockchains, whose access and use are restricted to a certain number of players.

Blockchain is an incorruptible digital register of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not only financial transactions, but potentially anything of value.
Don & Alex Tapscott, authors, The Blockchain Revolution (2016)

Moreover, blockchain is now a technology that has also found its way into the world of education.

Blockchain guarantees dematerialized, certified and secure diplomas

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For the School awarding the diploma, dematerialization enables real savings by eliminating Delete the management and storage of paper diplomas. It also increases efficiency by automating the delivery of Graduate Students receive a single, permanent URL, and the school no longer issues certificates on request.

Blockchain technology ensures diploma authenticity. The company BCDiploma guarantees the encryption and storage of Graduate data on the Ethereum blockchain. This makes the Graduate's diploma secure and tamper-proof.

Graduates can be sure of their diploma's of their diploma, whose authenticity they can assert directly.. With a unique URL, they can publish their Graduate online, via their CV or professional social networks such as Linkedin.

Recruiters can then check with a single click that the candidate has indeed graduated from the issuing school or university, and that the diploma is indeed valid.