The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University announced today, July 24, that it will be launching a new initiative to provide students with blockchain-based digital credentials in August this year. This is in partnership with Credly, a digital credentialing platform.
Committed To Enhance Students’ Experience
Students enrolled in the university can hope to have their credentials embedded on the blockchain, coupled with the traditional, physical one.
Through its joint endeavor with Credly, the university will offer the aforementioned credentials to its students who would complete its “Developing Blockchain Strategy” course. Also, it will offer the same to select industry-relevant digital credentials hailing from its recent RMIT Creds portfolio, such as the “Global Leader Experience” program.
Professor Belinda Tynan, RMIT’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Vice President, said that as an innovator, the university’s exploration of blockchain technology is just part of their commitment to enhancing their students’ experience.
“RMIT is at the forefront of helping both students and employers leverage the potential of blockchain to fill longstanding skill and communications gaps. Our collaboration will provide students with the tools to better communicate industry-relevant skills and experiences into economic and life opportunities.”
RMIT has a rich long heritage, tracing its roots in 1887 when it was first built as the Working Men’s College in Melbourne, Australia. Considered one of the biggest and oldest educational institutions in the country, RMIT has withstood various global phenomenon like the World Wars I and II, the Great Depression, among others.
It was also awarded royal patronage by Queen Elizabeth II for its contributions to the war effort and for its educational services. Up to now, RMIT remains the sole higher education institution in the country with the exclusive right to use the prefix “Royal” in its name and the British Monarchy’s coat of arms.
It was in the 1990s when it achieved its university status. And now, it has over 87,000 students and 11,000 staff in its campuses in Australia, as well as in Asia and Europe.