The Digital Diploma is a new program of the Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC), launched last Tuesday (10). The novelty will serve all public and private higher education institutions, which are expected to issue the diploma in digital format by 2020. The document will reach trainees in up to 15 days and can be accessed directly on the website of the educational institution. Initially tested by the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), this new model costs R $ 85.15, while the conventional printed version costs R $ 390.26. In all, MEC expects to save R $ 48 million per year with the new technology.
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The Federal Government initiated the project in 2018 and, this year, published the ordinances that regulate this type of diploma so that it can be implemented in 2020. The goal that by 2021 all higher education institutions in the country are able to issue the document. Check below the list with the main doubts about the Digital Diploma.
MEC launches digital diploma at last Tuesday ceremony (10) Photo: Reproduction / Gabriel Jabur / MEC
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1. What is the Digital Diploma?
The Digital Diploma is the electronic modality of the diploma of conclusion of a higher level course. According to the ordinance that creates this modality, all public and private higher education institutions belonging to the Federal Education System must issue the Digital Diploma.
The ordinance specifies that the issuance is only for institutions of higher education. Other teaching modalities are not included in the text, although the MEC is interested in adapting them to the model at some point.
2. When will it be available?
On the official website, the MEC states that as of December 10, 2019, it will be possible to issue the Digital Diploma, depending only on the adhesion of higher education institutions. The mandatory issue of the diploma will only be effective from 2022.
Digital Diploma implementation schedule Photo: Divulgao / MEC
3. Who can have the Digital Diploma?
Depending on the educational institution, all those who have a printed higher level diploma and all who graduate. For those who are yet to graduate, the institution needs to issue the digital diploma. For those who have already graduated, the logic is the same: the institution where you graduated must issue the document. Therefore, it is enough to request an institution when you are able to issue the Digital Diploma.
4. What are the advantages of this new format?
The Ministry of Education intends to reduce the incidence of fraud involving the forgery of diplomas, since it will be possible to verify more easily the authenticity of the document. In addition, the new format should speed up the delivery time for the student, taking up to 15 days for the student to have access to the document that has the same legal weight as the digitized.
5. How to access the Digital Diploma?
For the time being, the MEC has just announced that the Digital Diploma can be accessed by cell phone or computer and the document will be on the website of the institution that issued it. As the diploma uses the Brazilian Public Key Infrastructure – ICP-Brasil, it will be possible to seek the authenticity of the keys generated in the Digital Diploma.
6. Will graduate students also receive the Digital Diploma?
Master's and PhD students will not receive the Digital Diploma for the time being. Although the MEC is interested in expanding the issuance of the digital document for post-graduation, something that will not occur at this time. This period of technology insertion is specific to undergraduate students or graduates.
7. Do digital and printed diploma have the same legal value?
Both formats have the same legal weight. The difference is in security and ease of verification. The MEC just added this new modality and gave the Digital Diploma, by means of an ordinance, the same validity as the printed form.
The possible parallel between the printed and digital diploma is that of the printed and digital CNH, which have the same documentary value. The difference is in the regulatory system that is different from one to the other, but as far as legal value is concerned, the same.
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