M.U.M. adds distance education program for South Africa students
Maharishi University of Management now has 62 students participating in M.U.M. degree programs in South Africa.
Since September, a group of 28 students at the Maharishi Invincibility Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa, have been taking courses taught by M.U.M. faculty through distance education. The classes are conducted through the Adobe Connect videoconferencing system and M.U.M.’s learning management system.
The program is a collaboration between M.U.M. and MII. Ayako Huang, M.U.M. assistant professor of management, is the program coordinator and student advisor for M.U.M. students at MII. Students who are now taking the M.U.M. courses have already completed the first part of their BA degree through courses taken locally in South Africa.
Since May 2011, M.U.M. also has been teaching undergraduate and graduate business courses to 34 students through a project for Neotel, a South African telecommunications company. This includes two staff from Maharishi Institute who are studying for MBA degrees.
The project also is a partnership with MII. Live videoconference classes connect simultaneously to Neotel offices in Midrand, Johannesburg, Capetown and Durban. Project manager Adri-Mari Vilonel, a South African Transcendental Meditation teacher and business consultant, is coordinating between M.U.M. and Neotel.
Neotel provides a range of voice, Internet, and data services for business, wholesale network operators, network providers and consumers. Part of the Tata Group of companies, Neotel has previously contributed an Internet café at MII as part of its social responsibility investments in South Africa.
Maharishi Institute CEO Taddy Blecher said the corporate school is just the kind of management development program that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi had planned with Maharishi Institute to support the growth of invincibility for South Africa.
“These successful programs demonstrate that M.U.M. can deliver our business degree programs anywhere in the world,” said Dennis Heaton, M.U.M. dean of international programs.
This article was provided by The Review, Maharishi University of Management’s electronic newsletter.