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Maharishi University of Management: Outstanding institution of higher learning
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24 July 2013
At a recent international conference in the Netherlands, Dr Bevan Morris, who has been President of Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, for 33 years, gave a wide-ranging report on university developments and progress in the past year or so.
Taken individually many achievements, particularly in scientific research, would be considered stand-out events. Taken collectively they make clear why an increasing number of government officials, educators, and other prominent public figures have praised Maharishi University of Management as a bright star in the galaxy of institutions of higher learning in the USA and around the world.
Following are a few highlights of the presentation:
A number of developments and breakthrough achievements were in the area of Consciousness-Based Education at both Maharishi University of Management and Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, which is located on the MUM campus. The presentation included specifics of students' successes, demonstrated not only through research on brain coherence, self-development, and other educational outcomes, but also in contests and competitions throughout Iowa and the United States.
Describing how the MUM campus has changed and developed since 1979, Dr Morris noted the priority the university's Founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, placed on living, working, and studying in buildings designed according to Vastu architecture principles.
Dr Morris characterized the Maharishi Effect of coherence in collective consciousness, created by large groups of people practising Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques, as 'the greatest discovery of this scientific age'. This effect was predicted by Maharishi in the early 1960s and verified by researchers, many of them at MUM, in numerous scientific studies.
A report from the American Heart Association (AHA), published in April 2013, concluded that the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique lowers blood pressure and recommends that TM may be considered in clinical practice for the prevention and treatment of hypertension. Its purpose was to inform physicians which alternative approaches to lowering blood pressure have been shown by research to be effective; there was not enough scientific evidence to recommend other meditation or relaxation techniques. MUM researchers made important contributions to key studies considered in the AHA report.
United States Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa gave the commencement address and received an honorary doctorate at MUM graduation ceremonies this year. He praised the university as providing 'the best holistic approach to education and wellness in life of any university anywhere on the globe'.
The seventh volume of Scientific Research on Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programme: Collected Papers has been completed. The 950-page volume includes 81 scientific papers published in research journals between 1997 and 2005. The papers are authored by 116 researchers from 50 universities in 12 countries; 39 of the authors are from Maharishi University of Management.
Research accomplishments by MUM neuroscience faculty include:
∙ delineating brain wave activity during three main categories of meditation techniques, showing that Transcendental Meditation is completely different from other practices;
∙ the brain integration scale, showing how students' brain wave coherence increases through Consciousness-Based Education; and
∙ brain maps showing a 'massive' increase in frontal alpha coherence during Transcendental Meditation, leading to permanent improvement in brain functioning.
Research on students in Cambodia showed the results of teaching Transcendental Meditation to those whose education had been long interrupted by the turmoil and social upheaval of the civil war, with findings of a significant increase in intelligence compared to nonmeditating controls. The principal author of the study was the first PhD graduate in the Science of Creative Intelligence from MUM.
MUM has received a $2.4 million grant awarded by the US Department of Defense to study the effect of Transcendental Meditation on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in combat veterans, including those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Earlier this year Smithsonian magazine recognized Fairfield, Iowa, as seventh on its annual America's Best Small Towns ranking. Maharishi University of Management was featured prominently in the article, titled 'The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013'.
One illustration Dr Morris gave of the 'profound effect created by the university around the world' is that MUM has established a relationship with Beijing Union University in China. The two institutions of higher learning will be exchanging students.
New academic programmes at the master's level will be starting soon at MUM, including online courses now available in Maharishi Vedic Science and integrative medicine; sustainable living; and the David Lynch MA in Film.
In 2006, the Invincible America Assembly, an ongoing large group of experts practising advanced Transcendental Meditation techniques together on the MUM campus, was launched to promote increased coherence and reduced societal stress and crime in the collective consciousness of the nation.
Global Good News will feature more about many of these achievements presented by Dr Morris.
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