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Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture included in founding curriculum of Maharishi Vedic University in Cambodia
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17 August 2013
Dr Lee Fergusson and Dr Anna Bonshek, founding rectors of Maharishi Vedic University in Cambodia, are also the coauthors of a new book entitled Maharishi Vedic University in Cambodia: Educational Reconstruction and Social Renewal.
In the book, Dr Fergusson and Dr Bonshek outline the establishment of the university, including the process of working closely with the Royal Government of Cambodia to create a curriculum that would be most beneficial to the country. At the time of the university's founding in 1993, Cambodia was one of the poorest countries in the world and in dire need of high-quality education.
Dr Fergusson explained that Maharishi Vedic University was established based on the principles of Consciousness-Based Education, a system of education founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to help students enliven their full creative potential. This approach includes the practice of Transcendental Meditation, which research in education has found reduces stress, develops brain functioning, and improves academic performance.
The main concern of Maharishi, said Dr Fergusson, 'was to build up the knowledge and skills base in Cambodia, recognizing that, while in the past education had been an important priority for the government, in more recent times . . . higher education had been lacking'.
Four disciplines were identified that would strengthen the society and economy of Cambodia: agriculture, management (including marketing, accounting, and finance), medicine, and architecture.
Each subject would include the most up-to-date modern knowledge, as well as the most fundamental knowledge of natural law in the discipline, brought to light through Maharishi Vedic Science—including Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture, Consciousness-Based Management, Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care, and Maharishi Vedic architecture.
These four disciplines formed the core of the university's curriculum and were accredited. With input from the government, two disciplines became the focus at the time of launching the university: management and agriculture, offering four-year degree programmes in each. It was felt that these subjects were areas 'that required most expertise for the future of [Cambodian] society', Dr Fergusson explained.
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