Principality of Andorra to Implement Blockchain Tech for Digitizing Academic Degrees

The government of Andorra will implement blockchain technology in the country’s higher education system, Spanish-language news outlet EuropaPress reported on Feb. 21.

The Principality of Andorra, a sovereign landlocked state on the Iberian Peninsula, will digitize national higher education by implementing blockchain technology for storing all academic degrees.

The initiative is aimed at creating a more secure registry processes, EuropaPress reports. Academic degrees recorded via blockchain tech can not be eliminated or modified, and the tech will also allow for the reduction of “administrative expenses derived from the current analogue process,” the article notes.

The access to the blockchain is to be provided by Andorra Telecom, the national telecom company, which is responsible for the distribution of digital terrestrial and radio broadcast services in the Principality of Andorra.

Europa Press also states that blockchain tech would allow for 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.”

The Hague Apostille is a certificate through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states.

As Cointelegraph reported yesterday, the Maltese government signed a two-year contract with a software company to store all educational certificates, including secondary school certificates issued by the state, church and independent schools, with blockchain technology.

Earlier this month, the Russian Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Education and Science announced plans to implement blockchain technology in the country’s main graduation examination starting this year, as Cointelegraph wrote on Feb. 5.