The impact of Maharishi Vedic University on Cambodian economic and social indicators from 1980 to 2015

Fergusson, Lee (2016) The impact of Maharishi Vedic University on Cambodian economic and social indicators from 1980 to 2015. Journal of Maharishi Vedic Research Institute, 2. pp. 77-135. ISSN 2207-4783


This descriptive research paper examines the impact of Vedic Science based education on the economic and social development of Cambodia between 1980 and 2015. Specifically, the long-term impacts of a largescale
social renewal and healthcare program begun in 1992 and the
establishment of an innovative university, called Maharishi Vedic University, at the beginning of 1993 are considered using the Social Impact Assessment model.

Prior published research, both in Cambodia and elsewhere
throughout the world, has suggested that the applied programs of Vedic Science can play a vital part in personal, social and educational renewal and in the removal of poverty. In Cambodia, ranked the poorest country in
the world in 1992, the contribution of Vedic Science-based education has been significant, not only in the lives of thousands of students but also in the welfare of the broader community. For example, research has found
that a Vedic Science-based approach to higher education in Cambodia increased non-verbal intelligence, reduced anxiety, depression and the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, and improved the general Impact of Maharishi Vedic University in Cambodia health of university students when compared to students at other universities.

It has also been shown that in the 1990s, 70 nations sought to change their systems of government to multi-party democracy. Of these, 33 nations did not experience war either before or after their transition to democracy, nine had civil war both before and after elections, and 26
nations had no war prior to democratic elections but bloody civil conflict soon thereafter. Only three nations out of 70 during this period had war before, but peace after, democratic elections—Cambodia, Mozambique and Namibia. All three of these countries benefited from intervention of
Vedic Science-based education, health and social-welfare programs. This paper explores the economic and social impact of this phenomenon in Cambodia beginning in the early 1990s with the establishment of a “coherence-creating group” of students at Maharishi Vedic University.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2016 Maharishi Vedic Research Institute.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2018 04:42
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2018 05:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cambodia, economy, social-wellbeing, Social Impact Assessment, democracy, Maharishi Vedic Science
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society

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