Andorra Joins Malta in Using Blockchain to Digitize Academic Degrees

The government of the principality of Andorra will implement blockchain technology in its higher education system. According to a February 21 report from Europa Press, the country will use the technology to digitize its national higher education system.

The Principality of Andorra initiated the project in order to create a more secure registry process, Europa Press reported. Government officials told the publication that the tech will enable the reduction of “administrative expenses derived from the current analog process.” As academic degrees recorded on a blockchain cannot be deleted or modified in any way, it would make the process of issuing and accessing them much more efficient.

Andorra Telecom, the country’s national telecommunications company, will provide the government with access to a blockchain. The company is currently responsible for the distribution of digital terrestrial and radio broadcast services in the Principality of Andorra and it plans on using its significant tech experience in the project.

The announcement was very well received both by the country’s citizens and its press. Europa Press stated that this project could enable much easier access to higher education.

“It opens the possibility that in the future the Hague Apostille in the recognition of titles at an international level will not be necessary,” it said in the article. Introduced in 1961, the Hague Apostille is a stamp through which a document issued in one country can be certified for use in other countries that have signed the agreement.

The country seems to be following the footsteps of Malta, which signed a two-year contract with a software company to store all educational certificates issued in the country on a blockchain.

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