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Italy, with CIMEA-NARIC Italia, is the first country using the blockchain technology in the field of recognition of qualifications.

CIMEA, with the service «diplome», developed a wallet where individuals can upload their qualifications using the blockchain technology, creating a decentralised, transparent, certified and immutable system, with the goal to simplify the procedure for a student, a graduate and a professional to enrol in a university or to apply for a job in the labour market in another country. 


Blockchain is a service primarily focused on INDIVIDUALS.

The system connects a global network and it is open to:

  • holder of the qualification: unique owner of the information, can upload free of charge all the qualifications of his academic career in his wallet;
  • higher education institutions: will be able to use the ecosystem in all the phases of the academic career. Since the enrolment stage, through the entire study programme, to register the exams taken and the corresponding marks, till the awarding phase, when also the final qualification will be registered in blockchain in a temper resistant and immutable way. The qualifications and the information registered in blockchain remain at the student disposal for his entire academic and professional career;

  • stakeholders awarding non academic qualifications: certificates attesting a new training programme can be uploaded in the student’s wallet;
  • certification authorities: stakeholders that assess qualifications, such as CIMEA, can provide information about transparency, authenticity, understanding and comparability of qualifications at international level directly in blockchain.

Why blockchain

Digitalisation of the recognition process: blockchain facilitates and speed up the process of recognition of qualifications simplifying the trusted distribution of verified certifications and reducing frauds.

Student-centered approach: holders of the qualifications are the main stakeholders of the system. They can upload documents of their career, choose with whom they want to share them and certify their competences in a standardised way according to international standards.

Data security and privacy: the holder of the qualification is the only owner of the information and of the crypto key that constitutes the unique way to access user’s data, being fully compliant with the principles of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Fraud minimization: data saved within the blockchain structure are temper resistant (immutable) and any modification is impossible. Access to the information registered in blockchain by a certified source allow directly to verify the authenticity of the qualification. 

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