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MUM now offering MBA, Management PhD at university in Shanghai China
by Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, USA, Achievements
4 February 2019

Maharishi University of Management's graduate programs in management are now being offered in Shanghai, China, in collaboration with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the oldest university in China with about 40,000 students.

The first course, taught by MUM Professors Fred Travis, Yunxiang Zhu, and Lijuan Cai, began in October with 18 students, half MBA and half PhD.

The graduate programs are low-residency, oriented toward working professionals. The students go to campus on weekends for classroom instruction while also receiving instruction online. The classes taught by Maharishi University of Management (MUM) faculty are offered in Chinese through an interpreter.

More than half the instruction is by MUM professors and the rest by Shanghai Jiao Tong University faculty members from the Antai School of Business, considered by the Financial Times to be the top business school in China.

The first course, World-Class Brain for Success in Life, connected principles of the Science and Technology of Consciousness to management.

“The students are top-level people, such as top managers at the largest auto manufacturer and largest real estate business in China,” Dr. Travis said. “They deeply appreciate what they’re learning – a larger vision of the mind.”

The students learned about the levels of the mind and transcendence, and how this not only benefits the individual but also the organization.

“They appreciated how Transcendental Meditation gives organizations an extra edge,” Dr. Travis said. “Their dean is very enthusiastic about the process.”

Focus on Brain Integration

A new book by Harald Harung and Dr. Travis, World-Class Brain, was used in the course, with the first weekend of instruction drawing from the beginning chapters. This part of the book talks about the most important factor common to individuals who perform at a high level: greater brain integration.

The students then learned the Transcendental Meditation technique from Yunxiang Zhu and Lijuan Cai.

Then the second weekend of the course, after the students had the experience of transcending, the course covered the latter chapters of the book: how to develop brain integration, peak experiences, and the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique for the individual and society.

“The students were very open to the idea of collective consciousness,” Dr. Travis said. “It’s part of their tradition that the individual is the basis of the family, the family the basis of the environment, and the environment the basis of society.”

Dr. Travis gave the students two assessments before they began Transcendental Meditation and after one week of practice. The students were shown to have reduced levels of perceived stress after just one week.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University is considered to be one of the top nine universities in China, comparable to the Ivy League universities in the U.S.

Enthusiastic Students

Dr. Yunxiang Zhu said the CEOs and top professionals in China are very eager to hear about consciousness and brain development.

“Our students enjoyed learning Transcendental Meditation and their experiences,” he said. “They appreciated the connection with Chinese traditional wisdom such as the teaching of the Dao and Confucious.”

“They seem free and eager to grow and develop,” Dr. Travis said. “They’re open to new ideas and are wanting to excel.”

MUM’s programs are offered in collaboration with Shanghai Haizhe Education Service, an organization affiliated with Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

While in China Dr. Travis traveled to Beijing and Taiwan to give presentations. He also taught a six-hour course in Hangzhou to CEOs and professionals.

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