Electronic Documents Verification Program
Blockcerts is an open standard for creating, issuing, viewing and verifying blockchain-based documents. These digital documents are registered on a blockchain, cryptographically signed, tamper-proof, and shareable. Blockchain can be explained in simple terms as a chain of blocks where each block is dependent on the one before it. Every block contains a hash, data and the hash from the previous block. The hash is an entirely unique identifier for each block on the blockchain. If the data in even one single block changes, then so does its hash and this makes the whole blockchain invalid. Blockchain is maintained by a very wide network of users or nodes. The only way to tamper with a single block would be to tamper with all of the blocks, all at the very same time. This is impossible. This is what guarantees the integrity of the data. This innovative technology gives individuals the capacity to possess and share their own official records with secure verification.
The original data is saved onto a private and secure server by HKUST and the hash of this issued certificate is recorded onto the blockchain.
Yes. Users may upload a JSON file or go to the associated URL, with their mobile device, to verify and view the blockcerts document.
Documents issued do not have an expiry date.
The e-documents issued by HKUST are Award Certification Letter, Academic Transcript and Degree Diploma.
Yes, you can download the electronic document after a successful online verification.
Currently, the e-diploma will only be issued to student who graduated in 2018/19 academic year and after. We may consider issuing blockcerts diploma to the graduates in the earlier years if there is a demand.
Students or graduates may submit applications for e-transcripts starting Q4 2020. Please visit the Transcript website (http://transcript.ust.hk) around September 2020 for further details.
The application for electronic Award Certification Letter will be launched in the next stage.
The paper copy of the degree diploma will still be issued and there is no plan to cease the production. Graduates will be issued both the paper and electronic copy of the degree diploma for the time being.
Not at the moment. Bulk processing is one of the features for future development.
Future plans include batch processing of multiple document verifications, the addition of other types of document, and exploration of an ‘e-CV’.