United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) has launched a blockchain application to manage academic records.
The university, located in Al Ain, has released the UAEU Passport application, which will give access to academic records for up to 75,000 students and alumni.
UAEU says it is the first institution in the world to go live on such a large scale blockchain project.
UAEU Passport is connected with several blockchain applications and other existing IT systems at the university. It offers a seamless way to request, manage, and share credentials such as transcripts and diplomas, making it easy for users to apply for job applications, research opportunities and more.
The university says that the application illustrates the benefits of blockchain technology in education and for organisational efficiency.
"This successful roll-out of new blockchain applications reinforces our commitment to innovation and superior student services. This ground-breaking accomplishment, coordinated across the Division of IT, Admissions, and Registration, marks a new chapter in our digital transformation," said Prof. Mohammed Albaili, UAEU Vice Chancellor.
"As the University of the Future, we recognize the need for smart digital transformation to accelerate and enhance student outcomes under the UAEU's Strategy. We are proud of our smart services initiatives and see the UAEU Passport as the natural outcome of continuous development in this area," said Afra AlShamsi, UAEU Chief Information Officer.