The goal is ambitious: educate 100 million people around the world by 2030.

Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management is embracing the challenge, launching a large-scale effort to offer a free online certificate program in global management and entrepreneurship with five courses in 40 languages.

The Francis and Dionne Najafi Global Initiative, funded by a $25 million donation from the Phoenix couple, will support the effort, the university announced Thursday.  

The hope is that 70% of the 100 million individuals will be women, to help target those who haven’t had the opportunity to go to school and provide for their families...