Thunderbird aims to educate 100 million students by 2030

The global initiative of the ASU Thunderbird School of Global Management will provide online certificates in Global Management and Entrepreneurship consisting of five courses at no cost to students in 40 languages ​​worldwide.

Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management (Thunderbird), ranked No. 1 in the world for Masters in Management and No. 1 in the United States for innovation, today launched its transformational new global initiative to educate and empower 100 students in Mumbai. Launched in Phoenix on January 20, 2022, the Global Initiative will be launched across the continent starting from today’s event in Mumbai. The announcement coincides with the opening of the Thunderbirds Center of Excellence in Mumbai, which is part of a global network of offices that expands school engagement and influence worldwide.

Thanks to a $ 25 million grant from the Francis and Dione Najafi Global Initiative, Thunderbird will offer an online Global Management and Entrepreneurship Certificate, which includes five courses in 40 different languages. The certificate will be fully covered by the scholarship and will thus be made available to the students free of cost due to the public interest support under the initiative.

Students at the Najafi Global Initiative in Francis and Dion will receive a badge for each course they complete and a Thunderbird Executive Education Certificate upon successful completion of five courses. They will gain 21st century skills to shape their professional careers. Through Thunderbird and ASU, students will have an almost unlimited number of lifelong learning options and alternative learning paths, and may even apply for a recognized 15-unit certificate from ASU Thunderbird upon completion.

A strategic, phased approach will be needed to educate 100 million students by 2030. In one year, the Global Initiative aims to reach students in ten languages ​​in India, Colombia, Iran, Kenya, Mexico, Indonesia, Egypt, Senegal, Brazil and Vietnam. In two years, the program will be expanded to at least 25 languages ​​across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. In four years or so, the Global Initiative will be extended to Europe and Central Asia, and a total of 40 languages ​​- thus available to students worldwide. Eventually, the initiative will be available to all students around the world, reaching our goal of 100 million students.

The United Nations estimates that the Kovid-19 epidemic has erased 20 years of educational gain and digital online education has accelerated and expanded dramatically to fill the gap. Also, the uncertainty and disruption that has occurred to mark this era of rapid technological change has displaced many workers and professionals around the world, increasing the need for upskilling and recycling to take advantage of the immense opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The Francis and Dione Najafi Global Initiative will provide millions of people with a global set of management and entrepreneurial skills that are essential not only to accelerate personal success and economic prosperity but also to combat persistent poverty and increase global inequality. Interested persons can request additional information and pre-register on their website.

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