More than just a Computer Science Master’s

Benefits of Multi-Cultural Living

More than just a Computer Science Master’s: Benefits of Multi-Cultural Living

(This is a reprint of an article published July 24, 2017, by MUM Brazilian student Mauro Nogueira, PMP, in LinkedIn group: Computer Professionals at Maharishi University of Management.)

The experience we had goes beyond earning an advanced degree. We earned a “global-ready” stamp in our lives….

The World is Global. No way! Really?

I know, it sounds redundant, but it’s true. We live on a planet that should have no borders for knowledge and relationships. When you have a chance to share and know what is on the other side you will see that everybody shares the same dreams, fears, desires, and hopes.

I had a great opportunity being surrounded by a multi-cultural environment during the on-campus part of my Computer Professionals Master’s degree program at Maharishi University of Management.

For 8 months I studied full-time on campus at MUM. The student body was composed of approximately 70% international students. In my entry were 94 students coming from 20 countries around the world.

I had this incredible opportunity of being close to cultures that I never thought I would ever experience. While on campus I made friends from countries including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Pakistan, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, and others.

Wow, this is what I call “melting pot”!

Having an opportunity like that is unique, and you must enjoy as much as possible. And I did.

I learned a lot about other cultures, and I could see how many things are in common with my own culture, and also how many differences exist. Such an enriching experience in my life.

During that time I learned things like:

  • How many different languages exist. How rich and incredible they are.
  • What are the moral and ethical principles in their society.
  • How is the education system in their countries.
  • Familiarity with American/Western and other cultures.
  • About religion and politics.
  • Which sports are the favorite ones.
  • What they eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Types of music existing in their countries.

 

While realizing the common things among the different cultures, it was the differences that enriched me more.

Some facts I discovered:

  • Most of the people from Nepal didn’t climb Mt. Everest.
  • Muslims are great joke tellers. They are very funny.
  • All Mongolians are Genghis Khan’s descendants.
  • In Iran, they don’t speak Arabic, but Persian–which is very different.
  • Many African countries use the same colors in their flags (green, yellow, red) because of the leading role taken by Ethiopia in the League of Nations. Those colors are in the Ethiopian national flag, and several other countries adopted these colors when becoming independent, as a source of inspiration.
  • Rice is present in all cultures as an important component in the meals.
  • Doesn’t matter what religion you have, the core principles are the same: respect your God, treat others in the same way you would like others treating you, there’s time for penitence and time for celebration, among other things.
  • Doesn’t matter what language you speak, everybody can be a friend.

My intention is not to discuss which culture is better or worse. What I want to show is that when you open your mind and heart to listen to the other side, even when you disagree with the other’s point of view and beliefs, you create in yourself a new experience, and maybe you can start seeing something from a perspective that differs from yours.

There’s no better or worse. What exists is the DIFFERENCES. And we must respect those differences. It’s the only way to build peace, brotherhood, and self-awareness.

You don’t grow when you see/act in the same way. You grow when you try different ways, and choose the best one to reach your goal.

My advice when experiencing a multi-cultural environment:

  • Listen: be an active listener. Don’t listen just to prepare your answer and defend yourself, but to understand what the other side is saying. Different cultures have different ways to behave in many situations.
  • Have empathy: sometimes we disagree with others just because they have a different opinion. Instead of just rejecting an idea, try putting yourself in the other’s shoes. Maybe the point of view is different just because the scenario looks different.
  • Respect: things that for us are acceptable, for others maybe are not.
  • Repeat: keep doing the three points above.

What about you? Have you had this experience of being surrounded by a multi-cultural environment? How was that? Let’s discuss it…. 🙂

Mauro Nogueira (author) and his family

Record Number of Computer Science Master’s Graduates

Graduates throwing capsOn June 24th, Maharishi University of Management awarded 579 academic degrees to a record number of graduates from 55 nations—a more than 1/3 increase from last year.

More than 60% of this year’s graduates received Master of Science in Computer Science degrees, and this total of about 350 may be a new single graduation U.S. record for campus-based, non-online master’s in computer science programs.

 

Computer Science Department commencement activities occurred over three days:

  1. Friday: Ice Cream Social, Garden Dinner Party, Awards Ceremony (See photos below)
  2. Saturday: Graduation Day (See photos below)
  3. Sunday: Annual Computer Science Picnic (See photos & video below)

1. Friday, June 23rd, graduating students returned from their curricular practical training internships all around the U.S., to an atmosphere of homecoming, since most had been away for two years.

In the afternoon, the first event was an ice cream social with current on-campus students, where our returning students passed on lots of friendly and helpful advice to the current students.

3 men at ice cream socialIce cream social

Next, was a garden dinner party where graduates, their guests, and MUM faculty enjoyed catching up with each other while eating a delicious outdoor picnic meal.

Vietnamese group at garden party5 close friends

The third event on Friday occurred after dinner at our annual Graduation Awards Ceremony, where each department and academic program honored their top graduate(s). This is always an emotional and highly impressive evening of short speeches by faculty and outstanding students.

Because of the large number of MSCS graduates, this year four graduates were given outstanding student awards in our graduate program. Our outstanding students were: Samuel Bacha Heye (Ethiopia), Manoj Shrestha (Nepal), Kashif Shabih (Pakistan), and Achal Jain (India). Congratulations!

4 ComPro outstanding students

See many photos from Friday’s events here.

2. Saturday, June 24th was Graduation Day—starting with graduating student and class photos in the morning at the Argiro Student Center.

Five graduates having fun in Argiro Student Center4 ladies getting ready to graduate

Following lunch, the Commencement Ceremony highlighted the 3-days’ festivities.

Congressman Tim Ryan gave the Commencement address.

This year’s Commencement speaker was the Honorable Tim Ryan, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio. Congressman Ryan has served in the House of Representatives since 2003, and has taken a national leadership role in improving access to healthcare, promoting ways to make college more affordable, and expanding renewable energy.

He has also raised awareness about the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation® technique, and is working to make it accessible to hundreds of thousands of veterans.

4 men holding caps in the air2 couples and child

See many photos from Graduation Day here.

3. Sunday was the Computer Science Department’s end-of-year picnic at nearby Waterworks Park.

Chinese familyCanoeing

Delicious food was brought in from favorite local restaurants, and all our faculty, staff, graduates, current students, and their families enjoyed friendly, competitive games and outdoor summer recreational activities.

Bag race at picnicHappy picnic champions

See many photos from the Computer Science picnic here.

***If you haven’t seen the picnic videobe sure to see it here***

We wish continued personal and professional success to all our graduates, and look forward to following their careers.

East Asian Recruiting Tour

Guthries leaving for East Asian recruiting tour

East Asian Recruiting Tour: Computer Professionals Master’s Program

The Computer Professionals Master’s Program at Maharishi University of Management is one of the most unique, popular and successful Computer Science M.S. programs in the United States, with 1777 graduates from 80 nations since 1996, and more than 1000 current students. The program combines the advanced academics of a graduate level Master’s Degree in Computer Science with practical applications in the advanced technical companies in the US.

MEET THE DEAN AND THE DIRECTOR OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

In response to the thousands of inquiries and applications we receive every year from East Asia, Greg Guthrie, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus of the School of Computer Science, Dean of Academic Technology, and Professor of Computer Science, and Computer Science Program Director Elaine Guthrie will be traveling to Vietnam, Mongolia, China, the Philippines and Singapore from mid-May through June 2017 to meet with prospective students and top universities in each nation.

Visit us at http://mscs.mum.edu

Computer Science students and graduates with bachelor’s degrees are invited to meet the Guthrie’s at lectures and meetings scheduled below.

Happy and Friendly Students Enjoy Maharishi University of Management http://mscs.mum.edu

For questions and comments on this tour, please email us here.

VIETNAM MEETINGS

Ha Noi: May 19th, (6:30-8:30 PM): Khach San Ha Noi D8, Giang Vo Street, Ba Dinh Dist. Ha Noi. Register for your FREE TICKET for this event.

Da Nang: May 21st, (9:00 AM – 10:30 AM): 16 Le Thanh Ton, Ward Hai Chai 1, District Hai Chau. Tp Da Nang. Register for your FREE TICKET for this event.

HoChiMinh City: May 24th, (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM): 68 Vo Thi Sau Street, 5th Floor, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1. HoChiMinh City. Register for your FREE TICKET for this event.

HoChiMinh City: May 26th, (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM): TM Center, 4th floor, Ý Bản Office Building, 69-71 Thach Thi Thanh, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1. HoChiMinh City. Register for your FREE TICKET for this event.

MONGOLIA

Ulaanbaatar: May 28th, (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM): Eduworld Education Center, 2nd Floor, Ard Ayush Ave. Ulaanbaatar 16060.

Ulaanbaatar: June 3rd, (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM): National Information Technology Park; Sukyhbaatar district, Baga toiruu-49. Ulaanbaatar-21646.

CHINA

Beijing: June 11th, (2:00 PM – 6:00 PM): Zhongguancun Development Building, No. 12 Xinxi Lu, Shangdi, Haidian District, Beijing.

THE PHILIPPINES

Manila: June 24th, (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM): Tropicana Suites, 1630 Luis Maria Guerrero Street Malate, Manila Philippines 1004. Register for your FREE TICKET for this event.

Cebu: July 1st, (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM): Maxwell Hotel, N. Escario St., Cebu City. Register for your FREE TICKET for this event.

Cebu: July 1st, (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM): Maxwell Hotel, N. Escario St., Cebu City. Register for your FREE TICKET for this event.

SINGAPORE

Singapore: June 27th, (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM): International Plaza, 10 Anson Road, #36-05A, Singapore 079903. Register for your FREE TICKET for this event.

For questions and comments on this tour, please email us here.