The University of Otago has joined the growing ranks of New Zealand and Australian universities using My eQuals, an online service allowing student academic records to be certified digitally and securely stored online.
My eQuals allows students and alumni to view and securely share their official academic documents online. Students and alumni will have direct access to their records to view, download and share with other parties, including potential employers and other education providers.
Otago’s Director Academic Services John Price says it is a leap forward to be able to offer this service to students and employers.
“This secure system gives all parties certainty that the qualifications are genuine, as faking a qualification through eQuals is not possible. For us this is a big step along the way to reducing this kind of fraud.”
He says there are clear benefits for potential employers, and other parties, around the world, ranging from reduced fraud to more efficient processing of job applications.
“The new secure way of sharing transcripts allows students to access their official academic digital documents from anywhere in the world. This secure online environment allows safe sharing documents with a third party, such as a potential employer or another university.”
My eQuals will allow employers and universities to confirm the authenticity of students’ qualifications from participating Australian and New Zealand universities, as well as a number of institutions from China, Europe and America, via a secure portal.
“Essentially, it means they can have increased confidence that the qualifications they are checking are genuine,” says Price.
Academic transcripts have already been uploaded to My eQuals for current students. Qualification certificates will be uploaded shortly after the University’s last December graduation ceremony this year.
Past students can request that their transcript and qualification certificates be uploaded by contacting the University Information Centre or logging on to eVision.
My eQuals is a joint initiative of Australian and New Zealand universities.