Education Technology firm Digitary, has recently partnered with the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC) to bring digital credentials to colleges and universities across Canada in the most significant student service innovation in Canada in the past decade. As part of this partnership, ARUCC launched a comprehensive, bilingual, online credential wallet for Canadian post-secondary learners called the ARUCC MyCredsTM/ MesCertifTM National Network. Digitary has grown to become digital credential experts and a leading online platform for certifying, sharing, and verifying academic credentials. The world’s most respected higher education providers use the Digitary platform to eliminate credential fraud, improve service levels, and increase efficiencies. Currently, 1.5M learners benefit from the firm’s global network.
Founded in Dublin, Ireland, in 2005, Digitary is a globally trusted digital platform that supports verification of official degrees, transcripts, and other academic records online. Learner-centric since the very beginning, Digitary enables millions of learners to access their verified achievements 24/7 and share them with others securely, quickly, and efficiently. Millions of students and graduates worldwide use Digitary to efficiently and securely access their official academic records and share them instantly.
This ARUCC, a federally incorporated not-for-profit led by Canada’s postsecondary institutions, initiative enables the Canadian higher education community to create the first online platform and national credential wallet for post-secondary learners. The network will allow three million learners across the country to access and share their official digitized post-secondary transcripts and credentials online — anytime, anywhere.
As students, alumni, and HR departments are aware, requesting and waiting for college transcripts is painfully slow. Historically, when a student requests that transcripts from one university or college be sent to another, the issuing university must find the record, print it on school letterhead, have the registrar sign and emboss it, and, finally, mail it. Even when the transcript arrives at its destination, time can pass before the transcript’s receipt is documented. The entire process can take weeks or even months. Verifying a job applicant’s degree follows the same process.
“This partnership with Digitary is incredibly exciting news for learners, the higher education community, and our partners,” says Joanne Duklas, Executive Lead, ARUCC MyCredsTM/ MesCertifTM National Network. “For the first time in Canada’s history, we are creating a national, secure digital platform for sharing official digitized post-secondary transcripts and credentials. Digitary won a tough competition because their approach and platform are future-oriented and learner-focused.”
ARUCC, with the help of its partners, PCCAT, CUCCIO, and CanPESC selected Digitary following a competitive international RFP process led by a national evaluation team of close to 30 Canadian higher education leaders. These dedicated professionals with expertise in data systems architecture, privacy, security, and learner-focused service delivery concluded that Digitary would be the best solution.
“Digitary has grown to become digital credential experts and a leading online platform for certifying, sharing, and verifying academic credentials,” said Shaun Ryan, Market Executive Industrial Technologies & Education, Enterprise Ireland. “The world’s most respected higher education providers use Digitary to eliminate credential fraud, improve service levels, and increase efficiencies — and we’re very proud to support them in this important work.”
“We at Digitary are delighted to be chosen to support the ARUCC National Network. As a global leader in the digital credentialing space, our technology is used by over 100 post-secondary institutions in Australia, Canada, Europe, India, New Zealand, and the United States. Our technology enables millions of learners to access and share their verifiable digital credentials with organizations in over 135 countries,” says Andy Dowling, CEO, Digitary. “Leveraging our unique experience with creating national-scale digital transcript solutions, we are looking forward to working with ARUCC, its partners, and the Canadian post-secondary institutions, application centers, and hubs to build a trusted, innovative solution for Canada that places learners’ needs first.
“Digitary is supported by Enterprise Ireland, Ireland’s trade and innovation agency. Enterprise Ireland partners with Irish enterprise companies to help them start, grow, and win export sales globally. Enterprise Ireland is thrilled to work with Digitary as they use their international experience and network to provide significant benefits to the Canadian National Network.
“A number of Canadian education institutions are now working with the Digitary platform, and its innovative technology is re-shaping the future of transcript and information management,” said Neil Cooney, Country Manager for Canada, Enterprise Ireland. “This is certainly a significant game-changer for colleges, universities and students alike. We look forward to sharing these important insights with the Ed Tech community.”
On February 4, Digitary, ARUCC National Network, and Enterprise Ireland hosted an Education Technology webinar with H.E. Ambassador of Ireland to Canada, Dr. Eamonn McKee discussing the process of bringing university and college transcripts into the digital age, with a look at the many benefits of digitization to education institutions, including greatly-improved official document sharing by learners and verification by institutions, employers, professional associations and other third parties.