100 Million Learners
On January 20, 2022, Thunderbird School of Global Management (Thunderbird), home of the world’s No. 1 ranked Master’s in Management, and Arizona State University (ASU), ranked No. 1 for innovation in the U.S., launched the Francis and Dionne Najafi 100 Million Learners Global Initiative. This initiative aims to offer online, global education from these world-class accredited institutions in 40 different languages to learners across the globe, at absolutely no cost to the learner. Women and young women will account for 70% of the 100 million learners that the program will reach worldwide.
The Global Initiative will further advance Thunderbird’s mission to empower and influence global leaders and managers who maximize the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to advance equitable and sustainable prosperity worldwide.
The Global Initiative offers three pathways to learners depending on their current education levels:
1) Foundational program: Content for learners with any level of education.
2) Intermediate program: Content at the high school or undergraduate education level.
3) Advanced courses: Content at the graduate education level.
Our lives were transformed by our experience at Thunderbird and we wanted to extend that same transformative experience to people around the world who do not have the opportunity to access this world-class education.”
For learners with any level of education.
For learners with high school or undergraduate education.
Principles of Global Management
Principles of Global Accounting
Principles of Global Marketing
Big Data in the Global Economy (English)
Global Entrepreneurship (English)
- Bahasa (Indonesia)
- Mandarin Chinese (S)
- Mandarin Chinese (T)
In the new global economy, where technology has displaced so many workers, obtaining a future ready skillset is a necessity for both personal and professional opportunities. Yet too many of the world’s learners lack access to quality education and 21st century skillsets, a problem that will only be exacerbated in the coming years.
The demand for higher education is projected to grow from approximately 222,000,000 in 2020 to more than 470,000,000 in 2035. In order to meet that demand, the world would have to build eight universities that each serve 40,000 students every week for the next 15 years. In addition, 90% of the world’s university students do not have access to the resources or recognition of top-ranked universities. In addition, the demand for skillsets needed to succeed in the new economy from members at the base of the economic pyramid, such as women entrepreneurs, is projected to exceed another 2-3 billion people.
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Partner with us
A key ingredient for the success of the 100M Learners Initiative is collaboration with partnerships at the global, regional, and national levels who can help us reach 100 million learners around the world. These partners will help us reach their networks of learners in key markets that we have identified as a priority, deploy the courses and continuously provide feedback on ways to improve them and leverage their networks in support of our learners.
Support this initiative
A gift to the Francis and Dionne Najafi 100 Million Learners Global Initiative will enable learners across the world to receive a world-class global management education at no cost. Your support will provide learning experiences to students who can utilize entrepreneurship and management skills to fight poverty and improve living conditions in their communities. Most importantly, your donation will promote Thunderbird's vision of an equitable and inclusive world by addressing the great disparity in educational access globally. Thank you for your consideration and support.