Digital degrees from Harvard

Well, sort of!

The Harvard Business School  today have announced their “ … first online offering.”

Known as HBX “The .. launch marks an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to educate leaders who make a difference in the world,” said HBS Dean Nitin Nohria. “HBX embodies the highly engaged, interactive learning that has been a hallmark of the School’s MBA, Doctoral, and Executive Education programs for more than a century.  Moreover, HBX will provide a powerful channel for communicating ideas to and engaging with new and wider audiences, complementing the work we do through Harvard Business Publishing.”

“The initial HBX offering is  CORe (Credential of Readiness), comprises three interlinked courses:  Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting. They describe it as their primer on the fundamentals of business and is designed for college juniors and seniors, non-business graduate students, and those in their early careers.”

From their FAQ’s “… the introductory June 2014 three-course sequence is $1,500.”

You can then on your CV boast eg ” HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe), Pass with High Honors, September 2014.”

“This will launch in June for local students and later this year HBX will introduce a series of specialised courses for executives on topics such as entrepreneurship and innovation; disruptive innovation, growth, and strategy; and the microeconomics of competitiveness.  Over time, HBX expects to roll out more courses that build on the HBS faculty’s influential research.

Finally, HBX will introduce HBX Live, a virtual classroom that collapses geography and allows participants worldwide to interact directly with one another and a faculty member in the same way they would in a campus-based HBS class. Harvard Business School has partnered with the public broadcasting company WGBH to create a state-of-the-art space that will allow virtual engagement with up to 60 participants at a time. HBX Live will launch in Summer 2014 and be available initially on an invitation-only basis.”

Well worth a look and a “watch this space” bookmark we think!

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