In a first for a South African university, digital certification and a virtual qualification verification system is now available for students of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), enabling them to access their qualifications digitally.
The director of central academic administration for the UJ, Dr Tinus van Zyl, says: “Not only does the online system offer graduates access to their awarded certification credentials securely and electronically, but it also gives them access to share their qualification credentials for verification purposes with third parties or prospective employers, at no cost to both parties.
“Key features incorporated into the new system are designed around international security standards and are compliant with legislation in terms of the protection to personal information.”
The online system has been introduced because of a need to increase security features related to the certification processes in order to prevent fraud, curb counterfeiting and to avoid fraudulent representation of awarded qualifications.
Included in the key features which the new digital certificate system offers, is the ordering of lost or damaged certificates; the requesting of academic records or transcript supplements; a secure online payment portal; an optional delivery by courier (nationally or internationally) and the validation of awarded qualifications.
The introduction of digital certificates follows the launch of several online learning programmes aimed at creating a generation of informed and connected global citizens.