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Universities in Colombia use blockchain technology to issue digital ID cards

June 9, 2020

Much has been said about promoting virtual education based on isolation measures to fight the pandemic. Virtual education is increasingly playing a leading role in society, which in recent months has been driven by isolation measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

However, this is not the only challenge in the education sector. Accreditation of degrees for students who have completed their careers has been a major challenge. For this reason, technologies like blockchain simplify these types of processes. With this in mind, some universities in Colombia have joined this adoption and more at those moments when, due to the contagion and spread of the coronavirus, the norms of social and preventive isolation have to be observed to stop the virus.

Blockchain is a technology that goes beyond cryptocurrencies. The advent of education has ushered in a new era that will affect the way university degrees are taught. and certainly in the way education is taught.

Universities in Colombia use blockchain technology to issue digital ID cardsUniversities in Colombia use blockchain technology to issue digital ID cards

It is defined as a technology that allows data to be stored on a decentralized network, making validation and transmission safe and immediate. The blockchain became popular with cryptocurrencies. In recent years, however, it has emerged in the field of digital degrees, as happens at universities like MIT.

This university is joined by a number of universities in Colombia, which are switching to digital insignia due to COVID-19. As a result, ceremonial acts cannot be carried out through prevention and security policies promoted by the government of this country.

From diploma to digital badge for degrees

However, education was not the only thing that was virtualized during the pandemic. In front of virtual degrees, universities such as Rosario and Externado provide their students with digital ID cards and use blockchain technology for their security.

In addition to the universities of Rosario and Externado, El Bosque, the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, the Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga and the Universidad de la Costa are on the list. You are some of those who have adopted this technology. Companies such as Grupo Bancolombia, Bayer and Colsubsidio also provide digital ID cards.

The rector of the University of the Coast, CUC, Tito Crissien, told a digital portal: “Digital insignia with blockchain security are something new at universities and especially in Latin America. There are very few of us in Colombia who use them. There are 300 educational institutions in the country and I don’t think more than 10 of us are already actively using the badges. “

Digital badges are visual and digital representations of an achievement, a competition or an acquired learning. In this way, those who purchase them can socialize them on networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and WhatsApp and gradually create a professional profile.

Remove barriers between institutions

The interesting thing about all of this, in addition to the introduction of this technology in the field of education, is that with the further development of digital accreditation via blockchain, the time in which university degrees had to be apostillated and validated from country to country or from country to country will be a thing of the past . Now students can study at different universities and earn digital degrees at any university where they study.

Blockchain a new era for education

It should be noted that other institutions have taken similar initiatives. This is the case with MIT, which currently has a pilot program that issues digital diplomas on the blockchain so employers or other universities can check university degrees.

Blockchain technology, whose design was originally developed for the exchange of cryptocurrencies, is intended to serve as a verification and exchange platform in many industries, for example in the areas of finance, healthcare and law. In the academic field, this technology offers the potential to carry out authenticity checks immediately and independently.