This initiative means the Japanese HE community will see the creation of the very first national online platform and national credential wallet for post-secondary learners.

“It will have a strong impact on the realisation of UNESCO’s Tokyo Convention which promotes student mobility”

Once fully operational, the national network will enable learners and alumni of Japanese HEIs to access and share their official digitised transcripts and credentials online at any time.

Among its benefits, the Japanese national network will feature bilingual service and support Japanese and English, 24/7 access to the network by learners and allow Japanese HEIs to automate student record exchange domestically and internationally through a trusted global network.

It will also “empower Japanese higher education institutions to implement an advanced post- Covid-19 business model of higher education such as academic record portfolio, micro-credentials, MOOC and others,” noted a statement from RECSIE.

With offices in Ireland, UK, Italy, Australia, India and Canada, Digitary is well-positioned to service its growing customer base in Japan and worldwide with trusted digital solutions, the statement continued.

“This partnership with Digitary is incredibly exciting news for Japan’s learners, the higher education community and our partners,” said Shingo Ashizawa of Toyo University and director of RECSIE.

“The national network will have a strong impact on the realisation of UNESCO’s Tokyo Convention which promotes the mobility of students and talents in the Asia Pacific region.”

“For the first time in Japan’s history, we are creating a national, secure digital platform for sharing official digitised academic transcripts and credentials,” added Koichi Nakasaki, chief research officer of Institute for Future Engineering and director of RECSIE.

“As a result of our six-month international partner research across the world including Japan, we identified with Digitary’s approach and their platform which is future-oriented and we believe to be the most relevant to Japanese higher education institutions.”

“Digitary is honoured to be chosen to support the creation of the Japanese national network and we are very excited to bring Digitary’s vision and unique experience to bear in the Japanese context,” added Andy Dowling, chief executive officer, Digitary.

Back in June, it was announced that Digitary would also build the Canadian national network, providing Canada’s higher education community with its first online platform and national credential wallet for post-secondary learners.

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