Google Software Engineer Grew Up on a Rural China Farm

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MUM Graduate Student is an Inspiration!

Ling Sun (“Susie”) has a wonderful story to tell. She was born on a small farm in rural China. Today, she is a Google software engineer in New York City. How did she do it?

Early life in China

Girls in Ling’s community in Hunan Province, central China, never go to high school, and are expected to help farm and then have their own families. In fact, she had to leave school at age 13 to work in the family’s fields to help with family financial needs.

But farm work was hard and made Ling unhappy, so she kept asking her father, and he finally agreed to let her return to school. Among her 11 village friends, Ling Sun was the only one to finish high school.

But this education didn’t allow her to enter college, so she became a factory worker in Shenzhen. The work routine was boring, so she quit the factory after a few months and became a student in a computer training program, hoping this would give her the skills for a more professional life.

To pay for the training to become an entry-level software engineer, she worked three part-time jobs and lived on three credit cards.

Ling Sun with family in rural China
Ling Sun with family members in rural Hunan Province village.

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First professional job

In September 2011, Ling got her first software engineering job developing an online payroll system in Shenzhen. This was great for a while, but she still wanted to feel more accomplished in a big city where others had more advanced knowledge and credentials.

In a recent interview, Ling told the South China Morning Post that her basic motivation has always been to “Just keep learning new things step-by-step, day-by-day.” So, while continuing the job, she studied English and enrolled in a distance education degree program with Shenzhen University. Being athletic with lots of energy, she also began playing ultimate frisbee as a way to get exercise and learn English from others with more worldly international experience.

A great opportunity in America

The exposure to people with international backgrounds stimulated Ling with the desire to see more of the world. While viewing a Chinese job-hunting website in 2016, she noticed an ad for a U.S. computer science master’s degree program that looked perfect to her: low initial cost, with the ability to get a paid professional internship as part of an accredited academic degree program. During the internship in a U.S. company studies would continue via distance education.

Ling applied and was accepted into our Computer Professionals Master’s Program at Maharishi University of Management, located about 230 miles southwest of Chicago. After nine months studying on campus, including the valuable Career Strategies Workshop and numerous interviews, Sun was offered a position as a Software Engineer with a Google vendor, EPAM Systems.

Formal group photo of August 2018 ComPro entry.
Here’s Ling Sun after arriving at MUM in October 2017.

Paid professional internship at Google

As a contract software engineer at Google’s Manhattan headquarters, Ling feels fortunate to have colleagues from top American universities—some with Ph.D. degrees. “But none of them treat me like I don’t deserve all of this,”she said in a recent interview with the South China Morning Post. “That is the thing I like about America: they value what you are able to do more than where you come from.”

MUM experience

Regarding the time spent at MUM, she appreciates the special academic environment, the diversity of the student and faculty population, and the many friends made here. She adds, “I liked every moment spent (at MUM) in Fairfield.”

Her adviser, Professor Mei Li, says,”Susie was always very positive and enthusiastic about all her activities. She was a good student, a friend to everyone, and exceptionally talented in many areas, including sports.”

Ling Sun with ultimate frisbee friend.
Ling Sun with ultimate frisbee friend.

Future plans

After completing her master’s degree in December 2019, Ling hopes her parents will come to visit America and see her graduate on our campus. This would be the first time for her mother to leave their hometown in China!

Ling Sun’s next professional goal is to become an in-house Google software engineer. She says that, “It won’t be easy, but your life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

To read more about Ling Sun’s remarkable life, please read this article in the South China Morning Post.

Record Number of MUM Computer Science MS Graduates

Record of 391 MS in Computer Science degrees were awarded for 2018-2019.

391 Graduates from 40 Nations Awarded MSCS Degrees

At the 2018-2019 MUM Graduation exercises, a record 391 Computer Professionals ProgramSM students from 40 nations received their MS in Computer Science degrees.

Graduating MSCS students come from these nations:

Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Peru, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Vietnam. See graduation photos.

Computer Science Dean Keith Levi adds, “Congratulations to our graduates for this major achievement. Our unique and challenging Computer Professionals Master’s degree program has prepared each person for a lifetime of personal and professional growth.”

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Post-Graduation Picnic

At our annual Computer Science Department picnic, students, staff, faculty and our families enjoyed delicious food, games, and each other’s company at the lake near the MUM campus. It was a hot day, but the water was refreshing! Please enjoy picnic photos.

Some of the 199 Computer Professionals Program students in "Leadership" class
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What Makes ComPro Education Unique?

Maharishi University of Management offers Holistic Graduate Education for Today's Computer Professionals

‘ComPro’ is short for the ‘Computer Professionals Program’

If any computer science master’s degree program in the world could be called ‘unique,’ the ComPro program at MUM is a good candidate. Here’s why…

Major features of our ComPro Master’s program:

  1. Advanced computer science courses: Three areas of specialization: advanced software developmentweb applications and architecture, or our award-winning data science specialization.
  2. Career Strategies WorkshopComprehensive preparation for every aspect of successful career preparation with experienced professional staff. Skills include: resumes, job search, interview skills and practice, U.S. business culture, salary contract evaluation, etc.
  3. Technical leadership training with a top global consultant and educator: This course offers the latest science-based approaches for succeeding as a manager and as a human being.
  4. Emphasis on developing the learner for academic, career and personal life success. Hundreds of scientific studies verify that students experience increased intelligence, improved memory, broader comprehension, increased creativity, reduced stress and improved grades when they practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique. TM makes students more receptive, better performers and leaders, and more desirable by employers.

Chart showing major features of our MS in Computer Science program:

Maharishi University of Management offers Holistic Graduate Education for Today's Computer Professionals
Other MSCS program features and benefits:

  • Dedicated ComPro Admissions team
  • Safe, friendly campus community
  • Low initial cost for internationals
  • Paid professional internships in U.S. companies (up to 24 months)
  • Four entries per year (internationals), and two for U.S. students
  • Students are treated like family by experienced, caring faculty and staff. We celebrate diversity.
  • Study one course full-time, each month. Go deeper with less stress.
  • Fresh, organic, non-GMO dining (primarily vegetarian)
  • Beautiful pollution-free, natural campus environment
  • Abundant year-around sports and recreation facilities
  • 2500+ graduates from 85 nations since 1996
  • International alumni support organization

Come join us!

Formal group photo of August 2018 ComPro entry.
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Global Expert Teaching Leadership for Technical Managers

Jim Bagnola in front of student groups

If you are going to study leadership, study with a leader.

Twice each year since 2011, celebrated global management/leadership consultant, educator, and executive coach Jim Bagnola, has taught a two-week course, “Leadership for Technical Managers,” to a large group of our computer science (“ComPro”) graduate students.

This course offers the latest science-based approaches for succeeding as a manager and as a human being. In the course students study time-tested feedback tools, people management tools, coaching tools, leadership laws, relationship building tools, and practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique, which is the most scientifically validated personal technology for unfolding full mental and physical potential.

Computer Science Dean Keith Levi adds, “The students greatly enjoy this course. We are really fortunate to have Jim take time out from his busy schedule for us. He teaches this same material to major corporations and governmental organizations all over the world.”

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For over 32 years, Jim Bagnola has enjoyed his international teaching and consulting activities. He is an expert in the field of leadership and body-mind management, focusing on the influence of thinking patterns on health, happiness, success, and the capacity to lead. (His focus is on Becoming a Professional Human Being, and he wrote a best-selling book on this topic.)

Jim’s clients include: Shell Oil Company, The Kroger Company, U.S. Secret Service, Department of the Air Force, Marriott Hotels, Siemens, Motorola, Scotiabank, P.T. ISPAT (Indonesia), Hella (Romania), Ecolab, Castle & Cooke (Hawaii), Continental Automotive and Hilton Hotels. Click here for details.

Jim is a visiting professor at the University of Bucharest (Romania), Maharishi University of Management (USA), Pontificia Universidad Javierana (Colombia), Kent State University and the Western Management Development Center.

Why teach at MUM?

When asked why he loves teaching here, Jim replies, “I have worked in 101 countries because I love diverse cultures. MUM ComPro courses are United Nations meetings. This course at MUM is with as diverse a group as you can get (199 students in the latest class). The learning is global. Exciting exchanges between 35+ cultures in one class. Students want to learn.”

Some of the 199 Computer Professionals Program students in "Leadership" class

Why is this course so popular?

Essentially every MSCS student takes this course because it is applicable to their personal lives as well as their professional careers. They are preparing to become technical team members and eventually managers, and they are getting knowledge and tools to assist them. It is interactive. They are contributing to the course a large percentage of the time.

It is fun. Students have team building exercises and they operate in small teams a lot during the course. They contribute and are applauded for their contribution. They get a chance to lead in several different ways. Guest speakers are relevant, and videos are inspiring. Students learn from each other. Students are personally guided by knowledgeable and experienced teaching assistants (TAs) per every 20 students.

Leadership students meet with TAs in small groups.

As one of the course TAs (Brad Fregger) puts it, “Jim never talks over the students’ heads. He’s more like a favorite uncle helping them, than a lecturing professor. He also continually involves students, valuing their ideas, opinions and personal stories as important. Finally, Jim creates a professional casual class atmosphere, which makes it easy for students to gain critical knowledge, while also having fun.”

Advantages of MUM students in this course

Most ComPro students already have work experience. They can exchange knowledge. They work together despite cultural differences.

Regarding practice of Transcendental Meditation, Jim adds, “This is the only school I am aware of that has a scientifically proven way to expand the capacity of the brain. TM enhances learning ability. This university handles both the software of the brain—added skill and knowledge, while it also attends to the hardware—the coherence and whole brain function which continues allowing for the sculpting of a new and better brain with greater capacity.”

Happy students and happy professor at end of Leadership class.

Student comments

Here are a few of the many glowing comments from students when asked to write about, “The leader I’d like to be.”
Romie Zaw (Myanmar)
“The very first and best thing I learned in the U.S. is Transcendental Meditation. When I came here, the key ingredients which I noticed in professors and others was calmness and inner peace. I practice TM regularly and I can say that I find peace and clarity of mind most of the time after my meditation.”

“My main goal in life is to help people who are in need. I worked about seven years in MNC companies and I’ve worked with many managers. Unfortunately, I never had a good inspiring leader in my working life. ‘Great leaders do not desire to lead, but to serve.’ I just wanna be the leader who doesn’t follow the title. This course teaches me how to avoid common flaws and habits in each relationship and how to be an effective leader. I want to write my own history with compassion and kindness with the help of TM.”

Abdelrady Tantawy (from Egypt)
“I have always thought that I don’t want to be a manager, because it means having lots of responsibilities, and I have seen lots of incompetent managers and bad leaders in the past 10 years of my career. But after attending this awesome course about leadership, I have changed my mind and I want to be one of those leaders who inspires their followers and helps them achieve more, and be satisfied with their progress in this life. I believe that this world is in deep need of such leaders.”

“I strongly believe in the principle that says leadership is a partnership between the leader and the followers. It should always be the case that the people will follow a leader according to their own free will.”

“I want to be the kind of person that people can trust, both as a leader, and as a friend. I’ll always encourage them to be the best of themselves according to their personalities and aspirations, because I believe that a strong team requires people with different skills and different perspectives. A good leader should be someone who brings harmony to differences in a team, cares for the team, and bring out the best in each of us. This is the kind of leader I aspire to be.”

Mrudula Mukadam, a computer science faculty member at MUM, was one of 10 teaching assistants for the recent leadership course. When asked about Jim’s course, she smiled and replied, “The course was awesome! Our students are so lucky to take this course!” 

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If you want to be one of the lucky students in Jim Bagnola’s leadership class next year, please apply soon. We look forward to your application.

Many thanks to Jim for teaching his extraordinary course at MUM.

(And thanks to students who sent us personal course photos for this newsletter.)

ComPro Admissions: Welcoming New Students to our “Family”

During the last 12 months, 15,000 people from 185 nations applied online to join our unique and affordable MS in Computer Science with Paid Training & Financial Aid.

How to process so many applicants?

The first priority of our staff is in supporting every applicant at a very high level, making sure that all questions and concerns are answered in a timely way.

The immense job of processing this many applications in an efficient, accurate, professional and welcoming manner is the specialty of our Computer Professionals ProgramSM Admissions Department. When you consider the additional steps and requirements for admitting so many international students, with four entries each year (February, May, August and November), the achievements of our Admissions staff are all the more remarkable.

According to Chandra, Director of ComPro Admissions, “Our admissions team reflects the harmony and coherence which pervades all of MUM. Everyone is focused, dedicated, and lovingly supportive of one-another. It’s the ideal work environment, and our applicants and students really appreciate their admissions interactions.”

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Preparing for new students

Preparations for new entries and registrations are especially busy periods. These activities include: last-minute acceptance of some U.S. students, making transportation pickup arrangements, checking out student rooms, meeting arriving students on campus 24-hours a day, preparing snack bags to place in student rooms, arranging room keys and meal passes, taking students to their dormitories, and organizing with numerous campus offices for two or more registration days in Admissions and the Enrollment Center.


Registration is like homecoming, where we finally get to meet all our special new students with whom we have been chatting, skyping, emailing, texting, etc., for several months or even years. When we finally meet them, students sometimes recognize us from our Facebook or LinkedIn profiles. They are so happy to meet us, and they overflow in appreciation. It’s a joyous and rewarding experience for all, as we welcome them into our global ComPro family! (See photos below.)

Our first student from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Teja with three new students.
Dima welcomes a new student.

Maryam enjoys meeting group of new students.

Lisa with new student.

Chandra with new student.

Nena registering a new student.

Francis greets new student.
Happy new students after our Welcome Lunch.

Formal group photo of February 2019 entry.

Meet the ComPro Admissions team

Everyone working in the Admissions area is on a first name basis:

Elaine (Guthrie) is the ComPro Director. Chandra is our Admissions Director. Pat is Associate Admissions Director. Nena, Francis, Lisa, Dima, Girma, and Melissa are Admissions Counselors. Teja is doing Office Admissions work. Sara reviews applications and answers hundreds of inquires each week. Maryam is our much-loved International Student Advisor. Sue is our Admissions Assistant. Dale, and Charlie do valuable part-time work.

Marketing is done by Craig, Simon and Dileep. Social media and website chat operation are handled by Sara, Max, Rachele, Dileep, Selin and Craig (Recruiting Director).

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Come join us at Maharishi University of Management.

– We look forward to having you join us –

Our ComPro family now includes more than 2500 MSCS graduates from 85 nations, plus over 800 currently enrolled students on campus and doing internships around the U.S.

Bereket Babiso: ComPro education at MUM is the best

Bereket Babiso at Maharishi University of Management

When Bereket Babiso was working as a software developer in France, he first learned about our Computer Professionals Master’s Degree Program (ComPro). He applied, was accepted, and enrolled in January 2018.

Bereket was pleased to find that MUM has a multicultural environment where diversity is celebrated, and everyone has the opportunity to get to know the cultures of others from all corners of the world.

He enjoyed the course structure, content, and the way courses are delivered. He found the content to be based upon current cutting edge market technologies.

One unique feature of our program is that students practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique. Bereket found that doing TM is very beneficial for computer professionals—it helps you deal with frustrations that come from challenging projects, and allows relief from stress—providing improved focus in any situation.


Paid internship
After completing eight months of on-campus courses, Bereket succeeded in finding a paid professional internship as a software developer with the Ford Motor Company in Michigan.

Bereket advises any experienced professionals wanting to learn advanced computer technologies to apply to our MS in Computer Science at MUM.

Nigerian Professor Loves Teaching at MUM

Prof. Obinna Kalu

Obinna Kalu is a dynamic, enthusiastic young Assistant Computer Science Professor who loves teaching and has a keen eye on the future.

We sat down with Professor Kalu and asked him a series of questions about his background, including time spent as a student prior to joining our faculty.

Q: When did you start teaching at Maharishi University of Management?

A: I started teaching MSCS program distance education courses in March 2015. Then, in August 2017, I started teaching on-campus Computer Professionals Program (“ComPro”) courses right here in Fairfield.

Q: Why do you enjoy teaching at MUM?

A: The first attraction for me is our unique campus environment—the peace and serenity, we enjoy. I very much like the team I work with here in the CS department, and the breadth and depth of knowledge available from my co-faculty members.

And then, the great students we get to work with in every class that I have taught. The overall daily experience in teaching/learning here is simply awesome!

Prof. Kalu is very energetic and enthusiatic in the classroom!

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Q: What is it that attracts so many top students from around the world?

A: MUM offers easily the most affordable means to boost their careers in professional software development. Our students can gain top-notch, full-paying practical internship experience in some of the best U.S. IT companies—which cannot be gotten anywhere else.

Our students are very bright, highly motivated, and are always eager to learn and try new ideas and technologies. Our CS curriculum is first-rate.

Having spent the prior three years studying in a similar master’s program in England before coming here as a student in 2004, I could easily compare and see the remarkable difference between the two. Ours is a very practical, purpose-designed MS in CS program. All of our courses are designed to equip students with the latest skills and technologies that are in very high demand by the best companies in the industry.

Q: What are the unique benefits and advantages of studying at MUM?

A: The first unique advantage is learning the Transcendental Meditation® technique, which students, faculty and staff use to live a low-stress, balanced, happy, wholesome life.

TM helps me maintain a balanced life. With my regular practice of TM, I find that no matter how hectic my teaching schedule gets, I still always feel that inner bliss, joy and happiness.

Another advantage is the quality of the cutting-edge skills that they acquire in the ComPro MSCS program. Since 1996, more than 1000 U.S. companies have hired our students. Average annual internship salary is around $80,000.

Prof. Kalu enjoys working with small groups of students.

Q: What is your educational background?

A: In my higher education studies, I first earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos, in Nigeria. After graduating from college, I spent a couple of years working for a small but prominent software development company in Lagos as a trainee programmer. And then two more years following that, working for a bank in their electronic banking technology department.

Then I went on to earn two Master of Science degrees—one in computing and information technology from the University of Bedfordshire in England, and the other in computer science, right here at MUM, graduating in 2008.

I first learned about MUM from one colleague in the bank in Nigeria where I worked. He had learned about MUM from a friend of his who was a student here at the time (~ 1999).

Q: Where did you work during your ComProSM internships and after graduation?

A: I was a Project Programmer at AECOM and a Software Developer III at SAP in Arizona for my internships, and later was a Software Engineer at NORC at the University of Chicago in Washington, DC before joining the MUM faculty.

Every classroom has a laptop for each student.

Q: What courses do you teach?

A: I teach Software Engineering, Web Application Programming, Enterprise Architecture, Modern Programming Practices and Fundamental Programming Practices on the graduate level, and have also taught Data Structures on the undergraduate level.

Q: What advice do you have for software developers who want great careers?

A: My advice to young, aspiring developers is for them to stay hungry to pursue learning and achieve even more. There are an increasing number of new tools, techniques and technologies to get into and enjoy working with. In other words, keep learning new things, as the future in software technology is bright!

Do not hesitate a minute once you come across information about our unique MSCS degree program. It offers easily the most affordable means to boost your career in professional software development, through which you can gain top-notch practical experience in some of the best IT companies here in the U.S.

Q: What do students say about your teaching?

A: A former student from Mongolia recently emailed, “I received a very good job offer as a Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA. The knowledge that you taught me was valuable and helped me a lot during my internship search and interview. I will be using Java for back-end. Thank you so much Professor Kalu.”

Q: What are your personal goals?

A: I plan to continue in my teaching career for the long-term. And I also hope to (in parallel) pursue my PhD in one of the areas of artificial intelligence in the near future.

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All students have state-of-the-art computers available in every classroom.

Prof. Kalu is often seen cycling around campus!

When not teaching, Professor Kalu enjoys cycling, trail running and hiking on our beautiful 365 acre campus.

2018 ComPro Graduation & Homecoming

Happy New Students from our August 2016 Entry

Our June 22-24th graduation weekend was a joyful homecoming celebration filled with parties, pomp and picnics. A record 387 ComPro students from 29 nations were awarded their MS in Computer Science degrees.

Three Days of Celebration:

Day 1: Pre-graduation ice cream social, garden dinner party, and graduation awards ceremony.

Reunion at the garden dinner party

Pre-Graduation Photos ➜

Outstanding ComPro graduates:

Mosheer Yousef Mahmoud (From Palestine) and Candy Claire Cadungog (From the Philippines)

Mosheer Yousef Mahmoud (Palestine) & Candy Claire Cadungog (Philippines)

Day 2:  Graduation Day!

Celebrating graduation!

Happy during graduation ceremony!

Graduation Day Photos ➜

Graduation Day Highlight Video ➜ (18:34)

 Day 3: Annual ComPro Picnic

ComPro Director Elaine Guthrie welcoming everyone to the picnic.
Colombian graduates are World Cup fans!

Happy canoers!

Picnic Photos ➜

Congratulations to all our new ComPro alumni!

The Secret to ComPro Student Success

Educating Advanced Software Developers for Lifelong Personal and Professional Growth: 

Happy New Students from our August 2016 Entry

There are two major challenges facing working computer professionals:
1. Keeping up with rapidly changing computer technologies
2. Dealing with the stressful demands in the IT industry

Unfortunately, most graduate programs do not offer educational technologies for dealing with either of these critical challenges. “This is where the unique educational approach at Maharishi University of Management provides much needed solutions to these challenges,” says Greg Guthrie, Computer Science Dean Emeritus and Dean of Educational Technologies.

What makes MUM education unique?
The basis of this unique approach is the Transcendental Meditation® technique. Research shows that this simple meditation technique, practiced 20 minutes twice a day, greatly aids learning new things – just what a software engineer needs in order to keep up with the rapid changes.

Jeffrey Abramson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Maharishi University of Management

Jeffrey Abramson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at MUM, who has hired a number of our graduates, describes our special education this way:
“As an employer, I have hired 15 graduates of MUM’s ComPro and Accounting MBA programs, and have continually been impressed how well their MUM education prepares them for today’s demanding workplace.”

“MUM has a unique approach to education that awakens the students’ vast interest in learning, a special inner alertness, and deep confidence that is critical for success today. The core component is Consciousness-Based education. This inspires within each student a world of fresh ideas creating a humane and socially conscious leader capable of building a safe and prosperous world.”

More about Transcendental Meditation
TM is so effortless to practice, that even 10-year-old children learn to do it. Transcendental Meditation involves no beliefs or disbeliefs–it is not a philosophy, or a religion, or a way of life. Even skeptics benefit from doing TM when taught by a certified TM instructor. The TM technique was founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi over 60 years ago, and has been learned by more than six million people.

When we do TM, this results in clearer thinking, broader awareness, increased receptivity by students in the classroom, relief from stress, increased inner happiness and joy in living.

This natural development through regular TM practice is what gives our students and graduates the advantages of being able to keep up more easily with rapidly changing technology while naturally dissolving accumulated stress, and simultaneously becoming more resistant to future stress.

Personal experience

Sarju Pandit enjoys doing TM

You will love this video with Sarju Pandit describing experiences in our ComProSM program.

Proven success on the job

Ali thinks learning TM is the best thing he ever learned in his life.

Here’s what student Ali Alrahahleh, from Amman, Jordan, has to say about the value of Transcendental Meditation in his curricular practical training internship at Walmart Labs, Co. in Sunnyvale, California as a Senior Software Engineer.

“I have learned a simple mental technique at MUM, which I really have appreciated since coming to San Francisco. When my real life started, and my responsibilities accumulated, I really needed to have some moments of quietness in my daily routine.”

“Within all the chaos of the city, and my fast-pace life, my 20-minute meditations were awesome moments of peace, life and quietness. I could rejuvenate myself and my mind twice daily, and that twenty minutes gave me much energy to continue my routine, doing sports and working. It made me so creative and made my thinking vast. I think the Transcendental Meditation technique was the best thing I ever learned in my life, and now I see its effects much more.”

According to Ali,
“Stress is a major player in software programming; deadlines make people unstable, angry and desperate to finish on time. With the help of TM, I tend to be more focused and calm most of the time, and a high performer. People in my company asked me about the secret, so I pointed them to articles about TM.”

Published scientific research on the benefits of TM
Extensive published research has found that this effortless technique promotes a state of deep inner calm, and boosts learning ability and creativity.

More than 380 peer-reviewed research studies on the TM technique have been published in over 160 scientific journals. These studies were conducted at more than 200 research institutions, including Harvard Medical School and Stanford Medical School.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded MUM researchers more than $26 million for research on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique on health.

It’s no surprise that people on campus smile, greet each other warmly, and genuinely enjoy each other’s company. Members of our highly diverse student body appreciate and benefit in sharing rich multi-cultural differences. The unofficial motto of MUM is, “The world is my family!”

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Data Science MS specialization named the top master’s program of its kind in Iowa, 2018

The MS in Computer Science-Data Science specialization at Maharishi University of Management recently received the unique distinction of being named the best master’s program of its kind in Iowa.

In its first annual review of all 290 accredited schools in the U.S. offering similar grad degrees, found MUM to be among the very best, giving us the #1 spot for Iowa on its list of Top Data Science Graduate Programs for 2018.

Selection Criteria
To come up with these recommendations, reviewers sifted through a list of 290 data science master’s and graduate certificate programs by hand.

As much as possible, they looked for programs that included multiple required courses covering core subjects such as:

Inferential and Descriptive Statistics
Linear and Logistic Regression
Time Series and Forecasting
Probability Theory
Stochastic Analysis
Statistical Modeling
Multidisciplinary Approaches

A multi-disciplinary program including courses and instructors from computer science and applied mathematics or statistics departments ranked more highly than single department programs.

Because data science blends together essential elements from at least those fields (and often from others, including biostatistics, which draws on heath and medical education) they judged that programs built by professors from both houses were more likely to cover all the bases.

Database and Data Theory Education

The secret sauce that makes data science, data science, is the use of automated data processing elements in statistical analysis. So they searched for programs that included an education in data structures and database theory.

Hands-on work with relational and non-relational data stores were a big plus, in their view, to build on that theoretical education. Dedicated data modeling courses and capstone projects that required genuine database creation or manipulation were also excellent signs of a useful education.

Coding Courses With Teeth

The other aspect of data processing is coding. Data scientists apply their analytical training to information stored in data structures through expressions and algorithms crafted in programming languages heavily used in the profession, like R, Python and Java.

They selected programs that included genuine, hands-on programming work. Although most data science programs require some coding experience as a condition of entry, they looked for those gems that also continued the education in the more specialized aspects of languages and coding specific to data science.

This also extended to coverage of the latest techniques used in data analysis. Data mining, machine learning, and advanced visualization were important courses they looked for.

Instructors With The Right Stuff

Data science is a new field and it’s one that is largely being defined in practice rather than theory. That means that the big players are active in government, industry, and academia alike. On-the-ground experience working with the systems that are collecting, processing, and analyzing big data is invaluable when it comes to training others how to do the work.

So reviewers looked for programs that included faculty with current or recent experience in real-world projects outside academia, where the practical considerations of employers and users come into play. Adjunct professors with day jobs working with big data were a big plus.

Other Factors

Since data science is so new, they had to look at some proxy elements to judge programs. They always like to consider reputation in the industry, and in many cases they had to look at the parent department or college generally instead of the individual program. However, they did try to account for graduate placement as an indicator of reputation and preparation.

If the school had a dedicated data lab where professors and students partnered with outside businesses and agencies, they also counted that highly.

To a much lesser extent, website and the availability of information played a factor. Data science draws people who like data and have an interest in technology. It’s 2018, and if an academic department dealing in a computational science puts together a website that looks like a 12-year-old built it in 2001, or can’t provide easy online access to course descriptions and offerings, it’s time to run the other way.

The Very Best Data Science Grad Programs by State


Maharishi University of Management
Although the Maharishi program is focused first on a traditional computer science education, with all the emphasis on core networking and programming skills that entails, it’s also a unique world center for the integration of traditional self-development with this most modern area of technical study. The inclusion of proven meditation techniques here only reinforces how serious this program is about preparing students for real-world work in data science. The optional 8-month internship for full credit provides genuine on-the-job experience, building your resume and putting you into direct contact with real data scientists doing real work, all before you graduate.

The base program specializes in training on software systems and development and the data science option piggybacks on this strength with concrete training in hot data analysis technologies like R, Hadoop, Spark, Flume, and HBase. Overviews of other NoSQL approaches and cloud-based tools like AWS and Cloudera are also taught. Finally, you’ll work with IBM’s SPSS modeler application, diving into text analytics and data mining to learn predictive modeling skills.

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