Electronic Documents Verification Program

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is pleased to be the first University in Hong Kong to issue some official documents in a secure electronic format which are verifiable.

The program utilizes the blockchain technology that registers and verifies the issued electronic documents. By registering on the blockcert server, the documents are cryptographically signed, tamper-proof, and shareable. As funded by the Sustainable Smart Campus as a Living Lab initiative, the goal is to enable a wave of innovation that gives individuals the capacity to possess and share their own official records.

Verification Process

The content of the official documents is saved in an electronic file in JSON format which can be verified and viewed at this HKUST official website: https://registry.ust.hk/verify.

The JSON file and the associated URL are issued to the graduates/students who may pass them to other parties at their discretion. After successful verification of the JSON file at the University website, an authenticated copy of the document can be viewed or downloaded in formats such as PDF or HTML.


Program Development

At present, the University issues the following documents in electronic format:

  • Award Certification Letter (since 1 August 2019)
  • Degree Diploma (for Class of 2019 onwards)
  • Academic Transcript (since 31 August 2020)