20 December 2013
In December 2013, six years after the partnership between Maharishi University of Management (MUM), USA, and higher education in South Africa was established, the first graduation ceremony at Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa, took place with 29 students receiving degrees awarded from MUM.
Dr Craig Pearson, Executive Vice President of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, who has spent his whole career in Consciousness-Based Education, officiated at the ceremony. Other speakers at the event included local Maharishi Institute founders and administrators, Dr Taddy Blecher and Dr Richard Peycke.
The Institute Choir was featured at the graduation but the centrepiece of the event was the awarding of degrees.
Many of the graduates had grown up in poverty in South Africa's townships, Dr Pearson said, and most had been with the Institute since its inception in 2007. Dr Pearson is well aware of the ability of Consciousness-Based Education to transform a person's life, but in South Africa he was deeply impressed by how dramatic the effect can be.
Under the direction of Dr Blecher and Dr Peycke, Maharishi Institute has grown and is flourishing. It offers Consciousness-Based Education to the several hundred students who are following in the footsteps of the first graduating class. When the Institute was established its administrators were inspired by the success of the programmes developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Consciousness-Based Education, to develop leaders for the nation. They feel this first graduating class is a great beginning, and that the Institute's success in Johannesburg is the first step in bringing Consciousness-Based Education to every province in South Africa so that children, while receiving an ideal education, can create peace and harmony for the country. (read more)