MIU education: Antidote for global uncertainty

In an era marked by unprecedented uncertainty and rapid change, educational institutions are uniquely positioned to offer stability and guidance. Maharishi International University (MIU) stands out as an example of innovative and holistic education, addressing the top ten global uncertainties through our distinctive approach. Here’s how MIU provides an antidote to these pressing issues:

  1. Climate Change and Environmental Degradation:

MIU’s curriculum emphasizes sustainability and environmental consciousness. Courses in Sustainable Living and Regenerative Agriculture teach students how to develop eco-friendly solutions and promote green technologies. We walk the talk. Campus sustainable practices include composting food waste, recycling, extensive use of solar and wind energy, serving organic and non-GMO dining, building and furnishing with non-toxic materials, growing organic vegetables on campus, planting and maintaining many trees on campus, using sustainable grounds practices, minimizing paper usage, using recycled products when possible. By instilling a deep respect for nature and practical skills for environmental stewardship, MIU empowers students to combat climate change. One mission point for MIU is: To maximize the intelligent use of the environment.

As one of America’s greenest universities, MIU is fully committed to sustainable practices. Renewable energy, sustainable buildings, and organic food are high priorities.

As one of America’s greenest universities, MIU is fully committed to sustainable practices. Renewable energy, sustainable buildings, and organic food are high priorities.

  1. Economic Instability:

MIU integrates Consciousness-Based education (CBE), which fosters resilience and adaptive thinking. Courses in business and entrepreneurship encourage students to innovate and build sustainable enterprises. This education model not only enhances job readiness, but also cultivates leaders who can navigate and create more stable economies. Our online EdD in Transformational Leadership & Coaching educates leaders to help individuals achieve economic and social fulfillment. One mission point of MIU is: To bring fulfillment to the economic aspirations of individuals and society.

  1. Health Crises:

The university’s focus on preventive medicine and holistic health, including programs in Integrative Medicine and Ayurveda, equips students with knowledge to address and prevent health challenges. All students enjoy access to our integrative wellness center. By promoting wellness and stress reduction through Transcendental Meditation (TM), MIU contributes to better mental and physical health outcomes. One mission point for MIU is: To emphasize integrative wellness, combining physical, mental, and emotional health practices.

  1. Political Instability:

MIU promotes global peace and conflict resolution through several programs:  MA in Enlightenment and Leadership program; online MA and MBA in Leadership & Workplace Conflict Resolution. The university-wide practice of TM helps students develop inner peace, which is foundational for fostering understanding and harmony at larger societal levels. Graduates are prepared to become effective peacemakers and policy influencers.  One mission point for MIU is: To equip students with the skills and knowledge to become resilient, enlightened leaders capable of addressing global challenges.

  1. Technological Disruption:

In response to rapid technological advances, MIU offers programs in Computer Science, including courses in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. We offer a Certificate in Data Science to Computer Science Master’s degree students who successfully complete at least four data science courses during the MS program. The Consciousness-Based education approach ensures that students not only acquire technical skills, but also ethical considerations, preparing them to navigate and harness technology responsibly.  One mission point for MIU is:  To instill a sense of ethical responsibility and global citizenship in students.

  1. Social Inequality:

MIU’s commitment to inclusivity and social justice is reflected in our diverse community and support systems. We celebrate diversity and live by the motto, “the world is our family.” Our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity (DEI) introduces the concepts and practices of DEI to all students, staff, and faculty. At any one time, we have students from more than 60 nations on campus, and the MS in Computer Science program alone has graduated more than 4000 students from 108 nations since 1996. One MIU mission point is:  To maintain an inclusive, internationally diverse, and welcoming campus environment.

Enjoy this lively video demonstrating the happiness and diversity of our Computer Science students.

  1. Mental Health Challenges:

The practice of TM in daily student life is a cornerstone of MIU’s approach to mental health. This practice has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, offering students a powerful tool to maintain mental well-being amid global uncertainties. One MIU mission point is: To emphasize integrative wellness, combining physical, mental, and emotional health practices.

  1. Educational Access and Quality:

MIU’s flexible and inclusive educational model, including online programs, makes quality education accessible to a broader audience. Our Consciousness-Based educational approach ensures deep understanding and personal growth, providing a robust alternative to traditional educational systems that often fall short. One MIU mission point is:  To provide Consciousness-Based education that integrates academic excellence with personal development.

  1. Cultural Conflicts:

We foster a global community and emphasize cultural understanding through our diverse curriculum, student body, and multi-national faculty. MIU prepares students to navigate and bridge cultural divides. Programs in Leadership & Workplace Conflict Resolution and mediation equip students with the skills needed to resolve cultural conflicts and promote global harmony.   One mission point for MIU is:  To engage with local and global communities to promote positive social change and development.

  1. Spiritual Uncertainty:

MIU’s natural integration of spiritual growth with academic learning addresses the existential uncertainties that many face today. The practice of TM and courses in consciousness development provide a framework for students to explore and solidify their own personal spiritual foundations, offering clarity and purpose in an uncertain world. One mission point for MIU is: To achieve the spiritual goals of humanity in this generation.

Maharishi International University’s holistic Consciousness-Based education offers comprehensive solutions to the major uncertainties facing the world today. The university integrates sustainability, innovation, and integrative wellness with the campus-wide practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique. This approach is offered in a safe, internationally diverse, sustainable, and welcoming community. As a result, MIU equips its students to become resilient, happy, and enlightened leaders capable of addressing and managing the complexities of our contemporary world.

Sumitra Maharjan: MIU ComPro Graduate’s Success in the U.S.

Sumitra Maharjan joined our MS in Computer Science Program (“ComPro”) at Maharishi International University (MIU) in the U.S. in April 2016.

She has been employed as an Engineer for the past seven years at Axxess, a healthcare company based in Dallas, Texas. The company serves more than five million patients worldwide.

In this Q&A article, Sumitra shares her experience at MIU and how it transformed her career in software development.


Q: Journey from Nepal to the USA.

“Coming to the USA wasn’t easy, especially for a girl like me without any family, friends, or relatives here. It was a challenging decision because I left behind everything familiar to me.

MIU made me feel at home as soon as I arrived on campus, treating me like family and preparing me for my professional career. The MIU staff, faculty, and my classmates, who came from different parts of the world, made sure I always had a smile on my face with their friendly personalities.”

See MIU ComPro | Making New Students Feel at Home

Sumitra with admissions representative Dima Carr in 2016.

Sumitra with admissions representative Dima Carr in 2016.


Q: What do you like most about your education at MIU?

“I felt that my professors were passionate about what they were teaching. This passion helped me acquire the in-depth programming knowledge I had always hungered for. I must appreciate their mentorship, effective communication, accessibility, and expertise.”


Q: What are your thoughts on TM?

“Practicing Transcendental Meditation® (TM) is a serene experience for me. I can meditate effortlessly to calm myself and focus on what I need. It cultivates self-awareness and mindfulness, allowing me to become more present and aware of my thoughts, feelings, and sensations.”

Learn more about TM here.


Q: How did you get your paid practicum?

“MIU played a crucial role in helping me secure my paid practicum. It taught me the necessary skills, such as preparing a CV and understanding expected questions from recruiters. I obtained my paid practicum in March 2017 in Axxess.”

Sumitra at UTD with her colleagues.

(Left) Sumitra with her colleagues at a Hackathon event organized by her company, Axxess, at the University of Texas, Dallas (UTD), (top right) with her manager, and (bottom right) presenting to students at UTD.


Q: Thoughts on the CS Career Center training.

“I would say it’s the most important aspect. After students acquire all the technical skills, they must learn how to showcase those skills to the world. This course is designed to help individuals develop and implement a plan to achieve their career goals. It covers a range of topics such as strategies to find paid practicum work, self-assessment, and goal setting.”


Q: Thoughts on the current IT market in the U.S.

“The current IT market in the US is thriving and constantly evolving. As the home of top IT companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Oracle, along with many other tech giants, it is dynamic and evolving rapidly. This evolution is influenced by various factors such as technological advancements, economic conditions, and global events.”


Q: How do you think the MIU MS in Computer Science program can help software developers around the world?

“MIU provides foundational knowledge in computer science along with problem-solving skills. It covers most of the industry trend courses required in the current IT market. Most importantly, MIU’s MS program offers a career strategies course to prepare you to face the IT market.”


Q: What encouragement would you give to software developers who are considering the ComPro program?

“If you’re looking for a professional IT course and want to build a successful career anywhere in the world, you are in the right place. While the journey may not be easy, seeking guidance can make it smoother and more rewarding. The MIU MS program is designed to help you navigate the challenges of a professional career with confidence.”

Sumitra with her ComPro friends at a Picnic near the MIU campus.

Sumitra with her ComPro friends at a Picnic near the MIU campus.

At MIU, we are proud to see our graduates succeed in their careers. We wish Sumitra further professional growth as she continues to inspire software developers around the world to follow in her footsteps to achieve their dreams.

For the Love of Computer Science: the Mike Parker Story

Every day prospective students ask if we have an age limit. The answer is ‘no.’ In fact, in our latest entry, we have three new students over 40, including 67-year-old Michael Parker.

Michael Parker is a retired electrical engineer with a 17-acre ‘ranch’ in California. Prior to coming to MIU for his master’s degree in computer science, he earned bachelor’s degrees in business management and electrical engineering and took graduate electrical engineering courses at the University of Southern California.

Mike spent his career in re­search, design, and new product development over an array of electrical engineering specialties, and worked directly for large organizations before starting his own consulting company. Customers included Boeing, Airbus, NAVAIR, Texas Instruments, Sensata, Northrop, and Teledyne, just to name a few. He also holds 9 U.S. patents in the field of electrical arc-fault detection.

Mike's house (seen in the distance) sits on 17 acres of land in Grass Valley, CA.

Mike’s house (seen in the distance) sits on 17 acres of land in Grass Valley, CA. The building on the left houses his CNC mill, electronics laboratory, and ‘man-cave.’

Looking for something more

According to Mike, “After retiring I wanted to expand my horizons and became interested in MIU’s Computer Professionals master’s program. Last summer I was allowed to sit in on Professor Muhyieddin Khaled Al-Tarawneh’s class on data structures. That class was outstanding, and it inspired me to come to MIU as an enthusiastic stu­dent.”

“I completed an additional 5 classes at MIU just to prepare myself more fully before for­mally entering the MSCS program. My regard for MIU continues to be at the highest level. The passion, engagement, and concern for the students by the professors is simply not matched at other institutions. The quality of the other students here is unparalleled. In my opinion, these factors contribute more to the quality of education than how many academic papers a less ­engaged professor might have written.”

Mike Parker enjoying Professor Najeeb's Software Engineering class.

Mike Parker enjoying Professor Najeeb’s Software Engineering class.

Changing careers?

“It would be more accurate to say I am taking this program to expand my horizons rather than to change careers. I will be 68 in 3 months. I’ve been ‘retired’ for 6 years (with some consulting on occasion), and within the past 2 or 3 weeks I’ve received recruiter calls for 3 different well-paying positions to do things I’ve done before and which I enjoy doing. I’ve declined all the op­portunities. It’s not that I haven’t enjoyed my work–I love the work I’ve done in my career,” says Mike.

“Pro­fessor Najeeb said it very well in class today when he was describing some of his own work, ‘I can’t believe they are paying me to do this. It is so much fun. I would do it for free if it were possible.’ That has been my experience working as well. I simply want new problems to solve, or I want to add an extra dimension to what I already work with. I also want more flexibility in structuring my life so I can place a higher priority on family, and working in harmony with my own circa­dian rhythms, meditation, and exercise schedule.”

Meditation at MIU

One of the unique advantages of studying at Maharishi International University is that all students, faculty, and staff practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique. Over 500 peer-reviewed scientific studies support the benefits of this simple mental technique to produce deep relaxation, greater intelligence, recovery from stress, and more energy.

Mike had the good fortune of learning Transcendental Meditation (TM) in 1972, and the advanced TM-Sidhi program in 1978.

His feelings about doing TM:

“TM helps me realize what is really important in life. Everything is for naught if you don’t live a contented life.”

“Even if I’m tired, meditating helps counteract the fatigue. I find that doing TM before an exam is more valuable than cramming.”

“A sustained and regular practice of doing the TM and TM-Sidhi program is the only way I know that will reliably give one the capability to stay grounded when barraged with all types of external stress. In situations like this, it is essential in order to excel.”

The future

“I’m not sure exactly what I will do after I graduate. I don’t need to work, but I would enjoy working. I have a close friend who wants to do another startup company with me, developing and selling our own products. There is a broad array of ideas some of them are all hardware, some of them are all software, and some of them are a mix of both. That could be a new possibil­ity. I don’t know. Right now, it feels right simply to be at MIU. The universe will reveal the next path for me at the right time. Let the possibilities multiply,” Mike concludes.

Mike at ComPro graduation events

Mike attended our June 2023 graduation activities.

Dip Das: Accomplished Bangladeshi Software Developer Recommends TM and ComPro

Dip Ranjan Das joined our MS in Computer Science Program (“ComPro”) at Maharishi International University (MIU) in the U.S. in August 2023. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Communications Engineering and an MBA from Bangladesh.

In this Q&A article, Dip tells the story of his career and how the practice of the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique transformed his life and made him a better software developer.

Q: Tell us about your career before MIU.

“Before joining MIU, I worked as a Chief Engineer at Samsung R&D in Bangladesh for 8 years, contributing to its technology development. After that, I spent 4 years at Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL), working in various positions, including Deputy General Manager.”

Q: Tell us about your MIU campus life.

“The MIU campus is a diverse and friendly place. I have already made friends from many countries. In the ComPro program alone, we have had students and graduates from 108 nations. The faculty, staff, and locals in Fairfield are always welcoming and supportive. The campus is surrounded by nature, with lakes, parks, and walking trails, making it a great place to study and enjoy the outdoors.”

Dip with his ComPro friends from Turkey, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and India

Dip with his ComPro friends from Turkey, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and India


Q: When did you learn TM?

“After applying to the ComPro program in March 2023, I learned the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique in Bangladesh. Since then, my awareness in life has been improving through consistent practice of the technique.”

Q: What are your thoughts on TM?

“TM is a simple technique to feel calm. Individuals dealing with stress could really benefit from learning this technique. Spreading the word about TM and making it easier for people to access it could contribute to making the world a better place. The technique is not tied to any religion, and I believe it’s okay for anyone, regardless of their religious beliefs, to practice it.”

Learn more about TM here.

Q: How is TM practice helping you with your studies?

“The practice of TM has been scientifically shown to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance focus and concentration, and improve overall mental clarity.

In my own experience, doing TM for 20 minutes twice a day has boosted my confidence and allowed me to focus on academic work. Regular TM practice has helped me maintain a lasting inner calm and balance, leading to increased self-awareness.”

Learn about the scientific research conducted on TM here.

Dip practicing TM with his classmates

Dip practicing TM with his classmates


Q: Tell us about the group meditation on campus and how you see it benefit ComPro students.

“In the mornings, before breakfast, we practice TM as a group in an auditorium in the Argiro Student Center (where the college dining hall, student lounge, and many features are situated). The regular group practice in this routine helps us to improve collective awareness and reduces stress.”

Q: How do you think the TM practice can help software developers?

“From my personal experience, I can share that practicing TM not only reduces stress but also increases productivity and enhances problem-solving skills – qualities often desired in software developer positions. Therefore, it’s clear to me that software developers, like myself, can gain significant benefits from regular TM practice.”

Dip with August 2023 Entry

Dip with his fellow August 2023 entry students


Q: What encouragement would you give to software developers who are considering the ComPro program?

“I highly recommend software developers around the world to apply for the ComPro program at MIU, as it is a fantastic option to advance their careers. Additionally, practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique will enhance your well-being. Joining MIU is a wise choice.”

MIU ComPro: Making New Students Feel at Home

In our Computer Professionals (ComPro) program at Maharishi International University (MIU), we go to great lengths to ensure that our new students feel right at home as new members of our MIU family. After arriving on our campus, students attend orientations, meet existing students, explore our beautiful 391-acre campus, and participate in a special Welcome Lunch event.

In the recent November 2023 entry, 60 students from 22 Countries enrolled in our ComPro program. The diversity that these students bring to MIU has enriched our international culture.

November 2023 Welcome Lunch

New students from Ethiopia, Canada, and China at the Welcome Lunch event.


The ComPro Welcome Lunch Experience

At the Welcome Lunch, the new students got to meet and interact with our faculty and staff. The event was organized by our admissions representatives who guided the students through every step of the application process.

Our admissions director, Melissa McDowell says, “It is a joy to finally meet the new students in person who trusted us to guide them towards a better career.”

Melissa McDowell hosted the Welcome Lunch.

Melissa McDowell hosted the Welcome Lunch.


Introduction by Country

During the event, when students were introduced by country, the room was filled with cheers as they proudly stood up.

Two new students from India

Two new students from India

The November 2023 students came from the following 22 countries:

BangladeshGhanaNigeria
CambodiaIndiaPakistan
CanadaKazakhstanRwanda
ChinaLithuaniaTunisia
Cote d’IvoireMongoliaUganda
EgyptMoroccoVietnam
EritreaMyanmar
EthiopiaNepal


Faculty and Staff Introduction

Faculty members introduced themselves and gave a brief overview of the students’ upcoming academic journey. Staff members from each department within the ComPro program were also introduced.

Professor Payman Salek, a Solution Architect with over 20 years of programming experience, spoke to the new students.

Professor Payman Salek, a Solution Architect with over 20 years of programming experience, spoke to the new students.


A Token of Our Appreciation

For fun, randomly selected students received small welcome gifts.

Students from Vietnam, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Mongolia proudly display their gifts.

Students from Vietnam, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Mongolia proudly display their gifts.


Group Photo

Finally, our new students gathered outdoors for a memorable group photo. The students also took photos with their admissions representatives to share with family and friends.

Students with their admissions representative, Erica Lehman.

Students with their admissions representative, Erica Lehman.

We invite you to enjoy the Welcome Lunch photos here.

Appreciation from New Students

Testimonies from students

We wish our new students a career-enlivening and personally enriching time with us at MIU.

Learn more about our Campus Life here.

W/N Africa Recruiting for MIU MS in Computer Science

Join MIU Deans Greg Guthrie, Ph.D., and Elaine Guthrie live. Their West/North Africa tour is from Dec. 7 – Dec. 22, 2023. Reserve a free ticket to learn about our acclaimed Computer Professionals Master’s program at Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.

Develop your IT career with a U.S. Computer Science Masters


Meeting in Togo:

Date & Time: Thu, December 7, 2023, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Togo Time

Location: CIMTT (Centre International de Méditation Transcendantal-Togo) | 334 rue Bekpo, Quartier Tokoin Hopital Face LTDH (Ligue Togolaise des Droits de l’Homme) | Lomé, Togo, BP 836

Reserve a free ticket


Meeting in Mauritania:

Date & Time: Sun, December 10, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Mauritania Time

Location: Hotel Monotel Dar El Barka | 32W8+Q2P, Route des Ambassades, Nouakchott, Mauritania

Reserve a free ticket


Meeting in Morocco:

Date & Time: Wed, December 13, 2023,  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Morocco Time

Location: Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche | Rue Sidi Belyout, Casablanca, 20190

Reserve a free ticket


Meeting in Tunisia:

Date & Time: Sun, Dec 17, 2023, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Bangladesh Standard Time

Location: El Mouradi Gammarth | B.P597 la marsa gammarth, La Marsa, Tunis Governorate, 2070

Reserve a free ticket


Meeting in Egypt:

Date & Time: Fri, Dec 22, 2023, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Egypt Time

Location: The GrEEK Campus Downtown | 171 El Tahrir, Ad Dawawin, Cairo Governorate, 4280102

Reserve a free ticket


Please email questions to dkrishnamoorthy@miu.edu.

Visit https://ComPro.miu.edu to learn more.

Meet Ruvimbo: MIU’s First Zimbabwean ComPro Graduate

Ruvimbo Magweregwede has a bachelor’s degree in software engineering from Harare Institute of Technology in Zimbabwe, and she completed the MS in Computer Science Program (“ComPro”) at MIU in the U.S. in June 2023.

Her journey to MIU began when she saw a Facebook ad and was inspired after speaking with a ComPro graduate working at Microsoft. Ruvimbo decided that getting a Master’s degree at MIU would create a unique opportunity to learn new technologies to advance her career–so, she applied.

In this Q&A article, she tells the story of her software development success.


Q: Tell us about your career before MIU.

“Prior to joining MIU, I enjoyed a fulfilling career as a software engineer. I created a widely used E-commerce platform for over 50% of Zimbabwe’s major retailers, and also contributed to a telecom video-on-demand project and collaborated with an IBM partner, developing, and distributing BPM (Business Process Manager) products while earning valuable IBM certifications.

I am grateful for the support of my family, who wholeheartedly embraced my decision to study at MIU.”

Ruvimbo speaking to on-campus students

Ruvimbo sharing her U.S. IT experience with on-campus ComPro students during MIU 2023 graduation events

Q: What did you like most about your education at MIU?

“Studying at MIU has significantly enhanced my software development expertise and methodologies. Through hands-on project development and collaborative teamwork, I acquired essential skills to advance in my field.”

Q: What was your favorite course?

“Big Data Analytics was my favorite. Because it revealed a world where data goes beyond typical databases and storage, introducing me to data streaming, partitioning, SQL, NoSQL, and handling massive data. This ignited my passion for Data Science, my chosen specialization in ComPro.”

Q: How was the quality of instruction you received from your professors?

“One of the remarkable aspects of my MIU journey was the opportunity to learn from highly knowledgeable professors who were genuinely dedicated to our success. Also, their willingness to offer guidance and support was instrumental in helping us excel in our studies.” Learn more about our faculty here.


Q: When did you get your Paid Practicum?

“I secured my paid practicum opportunity within the first week after completing my final on-campus course, which happened to be “Career Strategies.” I applied for this opportunity through a referral I received from MIU, and the entire process was incredibly smooth.” Learn about the study options here.

Q: Thoughts on Career Center training.

“The “Career Strategies” course played an important role in shaping my job search journey. Also, it equipped me with valuable skills, such as crafting an industry-standard resume and effectively conveying my experience and skills to recruiters. Additionally, the course provided insights into what to anticipate in the job market and how to navigate cultural expectations during interviews.” Learn more about Career Center training here.

MIU ComPro Graduate Ruvimbo and her family in Fairfield

Ruvimbo and her husband work remotely from Fairfield, close to the MIU campus, where they appreciate the peaceful and safe environment.

Q: What do you think about Transcendental Meditation®?

“Transcendental Meditation is a beneficial practice that contributes to inner peace. In my personal experience, TM has been a valuable tool for rejuvenation, enhancing focus, and generally preparing for a productive and fulfilling day. It would be highly advantageous for this practice to be integrated into more educational institutions.”

Q: Is TM a religious practice?

“It’s important to clarify that TM is not tied to any specific religious beliefs; instead, it serves as a meditation technique that facilitates connection with one’s inner self, promoting both energy and tranquility.” Learn more about TM here.


Q: Tell us about your journey in the U.S. IT Market.

“Transitioning from a Software Engineer to my current role as a Senior Software Engineer at a U.S. bank (Northern Trust Company) marks significant personal and professional growth. Through this experience, I have refined my skills and adopted global best practices in software development, enhancing my proficiency in the field.

My husband Taha Metwally, who recently completed requirements for his Master’s in Computer Science degree (ComPro) at MIU, now also works as a Senior Software Engineer alongside me.”

MIU Graduate Ruvimbo at work

Ruvimbo at her work desk

Q: How do you think the ComPro program at MIU would benefit the careers of others from your home country?

“Pursuing an MS degree at MIU can significantly enhance one’s career prospects in Zimbabwe. Following the foundational knowledge acquired during your bachelor’s degree, the ComPro program provides the essential skills and confidence required for further advancement through paid practical training.”

Q: What encouragement would you give to software developers who are considering the ComPro program?

“I strongly encourage anyone considering applying for the MS in Computer Science at MIU to act without hesitation. This decision represents an excellent choice for any aspiring computer professional.”

Celebration of Success: ComPro MIU 2023 Graduation

Graduation at MIU is a joyful series of events that we host to show our appreciation for our graduates and their families. 356 students from the Computer Professionals (ComPro) program were awarded their Master of Science in Computer Science degrees at the end of the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters. Among them, 200 attended graduation ceremonies held at MIU in June 2023, where we celebrated with six events over three days.

ComPro Ice-Cream Social

ComPro MIU 2023 Graduates in Argiro Student Center

Friday afternoon in the Argiro Student Center

During the event, our students on campus had the opportunity to connect with our graduates, who shared their valuable experiences in the U.S. IT market and thoughtfully answered questions.

Garden Dinner Party

A ComPro student with his wife and kid

Friday evening in front of the Argiro Student Center

Graduates and their families enjoyed a special dinner in the garden near the Argiro Student Center. This informal event provided graduates a chance to meet and reconnect with their faculty and friends.

Awards Ceremony

MIU faculty and invited community members came together to honor students from different programs who excelled in their studies. Over 300 members of our MIU family gathered in Dalby Hall to express their appreciation.

Two ComPro graduates receiving awards in Dalby Hall

Friday evening in Dalby Hall

Quoc Vinh Pham from Vietnam (left) and Ahmed Mokhtar from Egypt (right) received outstanding graduate awards, honoring their achievements as two of the ComPro graduates.

“The ComPro program offers distinctive features, including a low initial payment and the flexibility to complete the remaining payments during Curricular Practical Training (CPT). This aspect was particularly helpful to me as it allowed me to have my family by my side throughout the program,” says Vinh.

Graduating Class Photo

Graduates from all degree programs in front of Argiro

Saturday morning in front of Argiro Student Center

Graduates from all degree programs assembled to pose for a memorable class photo.

MIU Graduation Ceremony

The main event, the graduation ceremony, took place in the Golden Dome on the MIU campus. The commencement speaker, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, has received numerous awards for her contributions to the field of cardiology, and also the promotion of women’s heart health.

ComPro MIU 2023 Graduation in the Golden Dome

Saturday afternoon in the Golden Dome

At last, our ComPro graduates gathered outside the Golden Dome for group photos.

The MIU Graduation 2023 commencement video can be seen here.

ComPro MIU Picnic

On the final day, of the ComPro MIU graduation events, we joined for a picnic at Waterworks Park. This gathering also provided our graduates a chance to strengthen the bonds formed during the program. Also, food from five different Fairfield restaurants, offering Vietnamese, Indian, Chinese, Ethiopian, and Italian cuisines, added variety. Especially, a standout was Injera, a traditional Ethiopian dish.

Celebration of Success through a Picnic in Waterworks Park

Sunday afternoon in Waterworks Park

Following lunch, fun games including tug of war, canoeing, cornhole, and water blasters filled the park with enjoyment.

Finally, as members of the MIU family, we all carry these special moments with us, cherishing the memories, and looking toward to the bright futures of our graduates. We wish them happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives.

Appreciation from a Few Graduates

Appreciation from a Few ComPro MIU Graduates

The ComPro MIU Graduation 2023 photo album can be seen here.

MIU to Microsoft: The Journey of Dr. Denekew Jembere

We are pleased to feature Dr. Denekew Jembere, who completed the MS in Computer Science Program (known as Computer Professionals or ComPro) at MIU and has made significant contributions as a Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft. He has also earned a Ph.D. specializing in the field of Data Science.

Life at MIU

Denekew’s journey in technology in the USA has been remarkable. It all began in January 2005 when he joined the ComPro program at MIU. During his time as a student, Denekew’s leadership skills were recognized, and he was voted as the Student Government Representative for ComPro.

Denekew Jembere graduated with his MSCS ComPro degree at MIU in June 2008

Graduated with his MSCS ComPro degree in June 2008

In October 2005, he started working at Microsoft as part of his CPT (Curricular Practical Training) program. This allowed him to gain practical experience in the industry while he was still studying.

“The CPT training (Career Strategies Workshop) at MIU equipped me with a wide range of valuable skills and knowledge necessary for success in my career journey,” says Denekew. “I gained valuable insights and skills in American business culture’s ethical, legal, and social expectations, as well as developing the expertise to prepare a professional resume.”

The journey of Denekew Jembere from MIU to Microsoft

Following the completion of the ComPro program in 2008, he embarked on his current successful career as a Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft. Microsoft’s Inside Track newsletter showcases one of his impactful works.

Denekew Jembere (far right) with MIU ComPro students at Microsoft

Denekew (far right) with ComPro students at Microsoft

Denekew’s personal life has also undergone significant changes throughout his educational and professional journey. In 2006, his future wife, Misrak enrolled at MIU, following in his footsteps. She began her CPT at Microsoft in 2007. Today, she holds the position of Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft.

Denekew Jembere and Misrak are blessed with four children, ranging from 7 to 15 years old

Denekew and Misrak are blessed with four children, ranging from 7 to 15 years old.

Ph.D. in Data Science Specialization

Driven by his passion for knowledge, Denekew pursued a Ph.D. in Technology Innovation Management, specializing in Data Science. As a result, he completed his Ph.D. in July 2022.

Receiving his Ph.D. from Northcentral University in San Diego, California

Denekew Jembere’s Contributions to MIU and in the Field of Technology

2009: Denekew provided programming classes and raised funds for MIU ComPro students during the recession.

2015: Collaborated with Microsoft to train 35 Ethiopian colleges and universities in MS Office 365, benefiting 1.5 million students.

2018: Developed an app to streamline document processing for Ethiopian citizens abroad. 60 Ethiopian Embassies and consular offices worldwide adopted it.

2019: Offered lectures on Big Data Analytics at ten universities, gaining media attention (such as on the Ethiopian Fana Television) for his valuable contributions to technology in Ethiopia.

2023: Provided virtual lectures on Data Science and Machine Learning courses to MSc and Ph.D. students at six Ethiopian Universities.

2023: Delivered a Tech Talk to the current ComPro students providing a comprehensive understanding of ML-based feature development projects and emphasizing the various roles that audiences can assume as direct or indirect contributors. See the video of his talk.

Providing Lectures on Big Data in Ethiopia in 2021

In conclusion, Denekew’s commitment to technology, education, and philanthropy has made him a notable role model, bringing about positive change, and also influencing others.

“I wholeheartedly encourage software developers in Ethiopia and elsewhere to seize the opportunity and pursue the MIU CS program,” shares Denekew. “The ComPro program was the gateway to the wealth of knowledge that elevated my skills.”

Denekew’s latest profile can be found here on LinkedIn.

Fairfield, Iowa (Home of MIU): Climate Change Safe Haven?

Residents and students at MIU are well aware of the many benefits and advantages of living in Fairfield, Iowa.


Local benefits and advantages include:

• Low cost of living • Excellent schools

• Pure air • Beautiful sunrises and sunsets

• Natural beauty • Abundance of indoor and outdoor recreation and sports facilities

• No traffic jams • Closeness of shopping and international dining

• Low property costs • Organic food availability

• Harmonious diverse population • Low crime rate

• Friendly Iowa people • Sustainable agriculture and energy production

• Rich array of arts and entertainment

Natural beauty on the MIU campus

Mother Nature’s safe zone

During recent rare strong winds, weather radar shows how Fairfield (see blue dot) was spared from damage.

Is it possible for a city to be safe from the negative effects resulting from climate change, severe weather events, and natural disasters?

By looking at official data from government and NGOs, and by observing the trends and specific events that have occurred in Fairfield, Iowa (the home of MIU) over the past several decades, some very interesting trends can be seen:

Severe weather events — Data from the Severe Events Database of the National Centers for Environmental Information for 99 Iowa counties from 2010 – 2020, show that Jefferson County (home of MIU) ranks in the top 3% for the fewest severe weather events in Iowa.

• Natural disasters: No earthquakes, mudslides, forest fires, floods, hurricanes. In the last 55 years (since 1968), there have been no tornadoes within 2 miles of Fairfield, Iowa (USA.com)

• Drought effects — No severe lasting droughts here

• No drinking water concerns — Never restricted for poor quality

• No wild forest fires or pollution from distant forest fires. Air quality index (AQI) is almost always good to moderate

• No potentially hazardous large fossil fuel pipelines

• Four distinct annual climatic seasons with some high temperatures in summer and some low temperatures in winter.

• No major winter storms — last 20+ years

With all the fresh air and recreation options, our students balance their demanding academic routine with outdoor fun.

Conclusion

So, based on the data and several decades of observations, we conclude that Fairfield, Iowa is indeed a relatively safe haven from the problems, challenges, and difficulties that our rapidly changing planet is experiencing due to the climate changes resulting from global warming.

We invite future students and your families to experience our unique and special environment by attending MIU and considering making Fairfield your new home.

Learn more about life in Fairfield by clicking here.