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Students learn about 'Knowledge Economy' from guest expert
by Jim Karpen

The Review, Vol. 19, #15    Translate This Article
Fairfield, Iowa, United States
10 November 2004

A University alumni who has gone on to become an internationally sought-after speaker on the knowledge economy and who is accredited with key insights into technology, globalization, and culture recently visited campus and gave an address to the students in the management department.

Dr. Mohan Raj Gurubatham spoke on principles of Maharishi Vedic Science(SM) as it applies to the mechanics of the knowledge economy. His main point was that in order to create and keep jobs in America it's necessary to increase the ability to expand the container of knowledge, learn how to learn, and to become more creative—which he characterized as 'insourcing.' And Maharishi University of Management is the only University that has a proven technology for doing this, he said.

Dr. Gurubatham explained that knowledge today commands a premium value over raw materials and that communication technologies such as the Internet transcend time and space, leading to the phenomenon of outsourcing.

Further, skills in the software industry become obsolete in 15 to 19 months. The solution is to develop the whole brain of the learner—to increase the fluid intelligence or the ability learn new things—in order to remain up-to-date and competitive.

In addition to increasing the creativity and intelligence of the learner, Dr. Gurubatham said that the growth of wisdom and Self-realization fostered by Consciousness-Based(SM) education helps protect cultural integrity, which is being threatened by information and communication technologies.

'Maharishi University of Management's mainstay is the growth of wisdom and Self-realization with the appreciation of refined cultural values of unity and diversity,' Dr. Gurubatham says. 'This is the result of the practice of the Transcendental Meditation program and the University's curriculum that balances the growth of intelligence with wisdom.'

Dr. Gurubatham is currently professor of strategy at the International Business School, University Technology Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur.

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