Cardano Blockchain to Be Used to Check Authenticity of Greek University Diplomas

A number of major universities in Greece are taking part in a pilot project that would enable the verification of authenticity of student diplomas.

This would be an effective way to prove the qualification of students with the use of Cardano Blockchain technology.

The project involves GRNET, the national research, and education network of the county.  The agency is reported to be working on a research and development project alongside the company IOHK.

The end-result would be a GRNET app that would be built on Enterprise Cardano which is described as the permission ledger or private version of Cardano.

With the use of a private Blockchain, there could be a set of restrictions and only a group of users who are able to validate transactions.

Horizon 2020, a program for research and innovation in Europe, is set to finance the project.

As of this writing, there are three universities involved in this project. These are the Athens University of Economics and Business, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and Democritus University of Thrace.

It is important to highlight that GRNET does not intend to include the entire diploma on the said Blockchain.

Panos Louridas, GRNET consultant and associate professor at Athens University of Economics and Business states:

“We cannot put any plaintext on the Blockchain as diplomas and transcripts are personal information. We only put hashes; we may put entire diplomas and transcripts, but they will always be encrypted.”

In the US, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology had a similar project and successfully issued 111 digital diplomas on Blockchain in October 2017.