Facebook-hosted MBA gets thousands of fans

An MBA being hosted on Facebook has already had 30,000 people show an interest, with those in Egypt showing the highest initial interest.

An MBA being hosted on Facebook has already had 30,000 people show an interest, with those in Egypt showing the highest initial interest.

The London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) GlobalMBA, which is available on social networking site Facebook, was launched at the end of last month.

Students will be able to study for free and will pay only if they want to be formally assessed for an MBA. The LSBF GlobalMBA, which has received £7.5m investment, is awarded by the University of Wales.

Valery Kisilevsky, group managing director of the London School of Business and Finance, said Facebook was chosen to broaden the MBA's appeal.

The application allows anybody to check out the course through online resources such as videos on YouTube. Students can then decide whether they have the time and money to complete the course.

"If you want to study but are not sure if you have the time or money, you can try it out first," said Kisilevsky. "Only when they decide that they will sit an exam will they be asked to pay."

People who are interested in learning business skills but do not want to do the exams can study the course free of charge.

Potential students can check it out by becoming a fan of LSBF GlobalMBA on Facebook. The college expects 500,000 people to try out the Facebook application in the first year, with some going for full LSBF Global MBA accreditation.

Below is a list of the number of people who have shown an interest, by country.

Top 20 countries by fan numbers:

  • 3,961 Egypt
  • 3,132 Pakistan
  • 2,372 Indonesia
  • 1,964 Philippines
  • 1,617 Malaysia
  • 1,459 Taiwan
  • 1,291 Russia
  • 1,055 India
  • 1,053 Algeria
  • 953 Morocco
  • 952 Bangladesh
  • 923 UK
  • 702 US
  • 486 Netherlands
  • 469 Ukraine
  • 458 Turkey
  • 394 Nepal
  • 370 Saudi Arabia
  • 312 Thailand
  • 298 Sri Lanka

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