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Creating a university of unity and harmony in the Balkans
by Global Good News staff writer
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17 January 2011
One member of a delegation of education and government leaders from the Balkan region that recently visited MERU, Holland, is a very distinguished senior leader in education and diplomacy in Albania and Macedonia.
Addressing an assembly of administrators of the organizations teaching the Transcendental Meditation Programme around the world, the visitor spoke at length and with deep understanding and appreciation of how the knowledge and programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi—particularly Consciousness-Based Education and the Transcendental Meditation Technique—can greatly benefit the Balkan nations. He also highly praised the dedicated efforts of those who have been working to implement these programmes in the Balkans.
The distinguished guest expressed the great honour he felt to be there 'in such an honourable gathering', saying that the visit to MERU was 'an unforgettable experience for all of us'.
He described aspects of the background and current situation in the Balkans—'powered by wars and conflicts and tensions and social unrest, . . . organized crime and corruption'.
However, he noted, 'There is another picture, in . . . trying to find harmony and unity in such a conflicted and diverse world.'
He was referring both to an approach he and other leaders have been pursuing through their educational institutions; and to Maharishi's programmes, which all the delegation members consider a highly effective means to help realize their aims—to move the Balkan region beyond its legacy of conflict and trauma, and the current status quo of 'no war, no peace', to a better future.
As the head of prominent higher education institutions in Macedonia and Albania, he explained that a very good understanding of Consciousness-Based Education and Transcendental Meditation had been presented to a large Macedonian university, including students, and academic and administrative staff, as well as to the Lord Mayor of the city and the community.
'You are very much welcome to develop your experience, your ideas, your techniques to all of our audience,' he said.
He described the great progress and achievements of the university over the past four years in developing up-to-date curricula, syllabi, and libraries; high-quality academic staff; and student achievements—'led by the vision to educate a generation with courage, in order to [develop their] spirit, creative brain, and competitive professional capacity . . . . meeting the market requirements for the young generation in the Balkans'. For their faculty, they have focused on selecting the best scientists, professors, and academicians in the country and the region, as well as in Europe the United States.
They are also proud of having overcome many challenges to build a very beautiful, environmentally responsible campus on a lake and surrounded by gardens. 'It looks like a university in a dream, but it's a reality,' he said.
Having given this background about the university, the guest came to the heart of his address, describing the broad, progressive vision of unity and harmony that has guided the university's founding and development—and how they feel that Maharishi's programmes and technologies of consciousness will be instrumental in helping to fulfil it.
Please see other Global Good News articles on the delegation's visit:
∙ Distinguished delegation from Balkans visits MERU, Holland
∙ Education leaders from Balkans discuss implementing Consciousness-Based Education in universities
Global Good News will feature more of the first guest's address in MERU, as well as those of the other members of the delegation from the Balkans.
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