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Maharishi University of Management: Lighthouse of Consciousness-Based Education
by Global Good News staff writer
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24 July 2013
Renowned as a 'flagship' institution for Consciousness-Based Education in the world, Maharishi University of Management in the USA draws students from every continent. Eighty-eight countries are represented on the campus in Fairfield, Iowa. The student body represents the principle stated in the Vedic literature—'The world is my family,' said MUM President Dr Bevan Morris in a recent summary of university achievements. All nationalities, languages, and religions are equally respected on campus.
Maharishi University of Management graduated a record 334 students in 2013, with new student enrolment up by several hundred in the past year.
Several new academic programmes are coming online including master's degree programmes in Maharishi Vedic Science and in Integrative Medicine. In the department of Media and Communications the David Lynch MA in Film starts this fall, and the master's in Sustainable Living is planned to begin in 2014.
The educational programme at MUM, Dr Morris said, gives students the opportunity for maximum development of the brain, especially the prefrontal cortex, which is considered to be the 'CEO' of the brain. The pre-frontal cortex is responsible for many different fundamental human functions—judgment, decision-making, planning, impulse control, moral reasoning, and working memory.
At the core of the Consciousness-Based educational approach at MUM is the daily practice of Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques in the large Golden Domes in the heart of the campus, which scientific research has shown to develop integrated brain functioning.
Dr Morris recalled, as a young student in Australia, wondering where the inner development of life was in the college experience, and challenging the prevailing understanding expressed by educational leaders, that 'no one does that.'
In contrast, at Maharishi University of Management this development takes place over the course of students' education, he said, and by the time they graduate is apparent in their academic success and achievements, and in the happiness they share with each other, their teachers, and their families.
Several years ago a member of Iowa's Congressional delegation was attending a campus event, and was very impressed with the presentations given by a number of students. He asked Dr Morris, 'Where do you get these people?' It's not the people, explained Dr Morris, it is the educational system developed by the university's Founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, that promotes these qualities in the students.
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