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Andy Zhong—CEO of Billion-Dollar Gaming Company FunPlus

MUM graduate and gaming CEO Andy Zhong

MUM graduate Andy Zhong earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Dalian University of Technology in China, and began his career as a research engineer at Bell Laboratories in 2005. He entered MUM’s MS in Computer Science Program in 2007 and soon moved to Silicon Valley to serve as engineering director and lead product manager at RockYou, developing the popular Facebook games Birthday Cards and Zoo World.

Andy says that the time he spent at MUM was very helpful in landing him a job at a top Silicon Valley company. He has also found the practice of the TM® technique beneficial. ..

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Nakisha Hobbs to Deliver 2019 Commencement Address at MUM

Nakisha Hobbs, who cofounded and directs the Village Leadership Academy in Chicago, has been selected to give the 2019 commencement address Saturday, June 22, at 1:00 p.m. in the Maharishi Patanjali Golden Dome at Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa.

The Village Leadership Academy is a kindergarten through 8th-grade school with 700 students, whose focus is “to transform urban youth into global leaders” and which incorporates the Transcendental Meditation® technique throughout.

During MUM’s Changemakers Conference last spring, Ms. Hobbs shared a moving and inspiring story about what she learned from being the child of struggling teen parents and going on to found a school to empower children with backgrounds like hers.

Other innovative features of her school include a practical approach to leadership development, a world studies and social justice curriculum, and access to global travel through the World Scholars Program.

“I was most moved by her at the event,” said Jeffrey Abramson, chair of the MUM Board of Trustees. “She was articulate and authentic. She described how being a child of a teenage mom and the 12 schools she attended by the time she started college taught her the need to change education and create her own place of learning. She is indeed a changemaker and represents the next generation of leaders in education who see education more like Maharishi envisioned it.”

Ms. Hobbs is a fourth-generation educator. She holds an undergraduate degree from University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s in early childhood education from Roosevelt University.

Prior to the Village Leadership Academy, Ms. Hobbs cofounded It Takes A Village Early Learning Centers, which provide early childhood education.

Source: The Review, Vol. 34, #11, March 13, 2019
Copyright 2019, Maharishi University of Management

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Is College Bad For Your Brain?

How an epidemic of stress is overwhelming students — and what you can do about it


David Lynch Foundation and its Abramson Center for Peace along with Maharishi University of Management hosted this past weekend the second ChangeMakers: Disruptors Transforming the World for Good conference. This year’s event examined disruptive solutions to the epidemic of stress plaguing our college-aged students.

David Lynch again headlined a panel of distinguished thought leaders, and closed out the proceedings with a wonderful Q&A.

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Maharishi University of Management Now Offering MBA, Management PhD at Shanghai Jiao Tong University

MUM’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 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.

Source: The Review, Vol. 34, #6, November 28, 2018
Copyright 2018, Maharishi University of Management

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The Review, Vol. 34, #5, November 14, 2018

The Review, Vol. 34, #5, November 14, 2018
Copyright 2018, Maharishi University of Management


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