Lee Fergusson and Anna Bonshek receiving the Order of Sahametrei Award from His Excellency Muon Veasna, advisor to the president of the National Assembly of Cambodia, His Excellency Heng Samrin, on behalf of the King of Cambodia
Anna and Lee with His Excellency Chandra M. Bhandari, former Indian Ambassador to Cambodia, Canada, United Arab Emirates, and Poland
Anna and Lee with Phon Pheuy, MVU graduate and teacher of the TM technique, and H.E. Muon Veasna, MVU graduate and teacher of the TM technique and chairman of UME Kampong Cham, in front of CSUK
With Dr. Bevan Morris; Meas Renrith, current rector of CSUK; and Pin Vanarro, former faculty of MVU, at the December 2013 launch of the book Maharishi Vedic University in Cambodia
Alumni Receive Cambodia’s Highest Civilian Honor
MUM graduates Dr. Lee Fergusson and Dr. Anna Bonshek received Cambodia’s highest civilian honor by royal decree of the King of Cambodia in the King’s 2016 honors list, based on the recommendation of the president of the National Assembly of Cambodia. The award acknowledges their service to the King and people of Cambodia in establishing Maharishi Vedic University in the 1990s with the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport of the Royal Government of Cambodia.
Anna and Lee hold masters and Ph.D. degrees from MUM in the Science of Creative Intelligence® and were founding co-rectors of Maharishi Vedic University (MVU) under Maharishi’s guidance. Since 1993, 4000 students have graduated from MVU and many now occupy senior roles in government, education, customs, business, and the military.
“We are truly grateful to His Majesty King Sihamoni for awarding this distinguished title to us, but the real honor goes to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who was the founder of MVU and source of greatest inspiration to the people of Cambodia,” said Anna.
In 2014 Anna and Lee were also instrumental in negotiating and signing three memoranda of understanding between Maharishi University of Management and three separate campuses of the University of Management and Economics (UME) in Cambodia, a network of universities with seven campuses and 15,000 students.
In 2008 MVU changed its name to Chea Sim University of Kamcheymear (CSUK) due to changes in government regulations related to foreign ownership in higher education.
Under the aegis of UME, Anna and Lee are currently working on several new initiatives in Cambodia through a newly established Maharishi Vedic Research Institute, including a Maharishi School for primary and secondary students; a graduate and a doctoral program in Consciousness-BasedSM education, research, and professional studies; and teaching the Transcendental Meditation® technique in remote villages.
“We are most excited to see how our new initiatives develop and hope to see thousands more successful graduates from Consciousness-BasedSM education make beautiful Cambodia even more remarkable,” said Anna.
In 2013 they published a book entitled Maharishi Vedic University in Cambodia: Educational Reconstruction and Social Renewal, in which they document the history and outcomes of MVU and its role in revitalizing higher education in Cambodia.