New Graduate Degree Programs In Computer Science and Business Planned at Sofia University

Two new programs are in the process of being added to the curricula at Sofia University.

Subject to WASC approval, the university will offer a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Business Administration (Starting date will be announced upon WASC approval). Both degrees are planned be offered in onsite and hybrid/online formats, as are other degrees offered at Sofia University. These programs will combine technological development with transpersonal values and skills for the practicing professional.

Sofia University is located in Palo Alto, the heart of the Silicon Valley just minutes away from top companies such as Google, Apple, HP and Facebook.

“The new degree programs will integrate Sofia’s transpersonal expertise with technological and professional training in an innovative curriculum that will provide our students and graduates with the capacity to bridge the well documented social intelligence gap so problematic in many current hi-tech workplaces.” said Kris Brandenburger, Dean of Faculty. “We look forward to working with the next generation of leaders in these technology and business fields, many of whom will become Silicon Valley’s and the world’s future engineers, CEO’s and entrepreneurs.”

Sofia is among a select group of institutions in the nation to require MBA and MS in Computer Science students to fully integrate the humanities and/or transpersonal studies into their graduate studies. “Sofia plans to expand our mission of authenticity, inclusivity and cultural humility to other fields of study.” added Dean Brandenburger.

“We are doing something unique in bringing together two seemingly different worlds of technology and humanistic values in one graduate program. Not only does our curriculum promote creativity, cultural sensitivity and mindfulness, but it brings essential skills and values to the next generation of well-balanced leaders in the workplace,” said Sofia University President Dr. Liz Li.

Students will be able to undertake these innovative graduate programs. In addition to contemporary coursework in their disciplines, Computer Science and MBA applicants can expect to take courses such as “Theories of Personality and Personal Growth”, “The Contemporary Workplace”, “Spiritual and Cultural Values in Today’s Professional Environment”, “Mind and Body Interaction in High Stress Work Environments”, and “Positive Psychology” to name a few. President Li points out those contemporary industry leaders are looking for individuals who can span the gap between current technology developments and the human interactions and skills that foster effective and successful teamwork in innovative environments. Dr. Li emphasized that “Today’s hi-tech professional must work effectively in groups and work across important cultural boundaries”.

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Exciting Activities Planned for International Transpersonal Association (ITA)

Hello Colleagues,

I want to bring all of you up to date with the organizing activities of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA) Board of Directors. I am one of the two Board members from North America. Recent activities include:

1. The design and launching of a new ITA website (www.transpersonalassociation.com). Note links to Sofia University on the website. Board members have volunteered to coordinate blogs or newsletters on worldwide transpersonal topics and activities. I will take responsibility for soliciting news and announcements regarding research in transpersonal psychology and related sciences. Please let colleagues and students know about this international forum for transpersonal research. Guidelines for submissions will be forthcoming but for now think short, newsy, well-written submissions in English.

2. ITA can be described as an organization of organizations aligning with and supporting transpersonal organizations and activities around the world. The ITA Board includes individual transpersonal scholars from the world who represent transpersonal interests in their country or regional transpersonal associations. The European Transpersonal Association (EUROTAS, www.eurotas.org) is now the largest transpersonal association and has held a successful conference each summer or fall for many years. In addition, recent activities have included efforts to support the organization of a South American Transpersonal Association similar in structure to EUROTAS. One of our Board members will soon travel to China, meeting with our Board member in Beijing and other transpersonal scholars in China to begin talks about a Chinese Transpersonal Association.

3. Two international transpersonal conferences are upcoming and supported by coordinating efforts between EUROTAS, ITA, and ATP (https://www.atpweb.org/). What is known commonly as the Crete Conference (http://www.eurotas2014.com/en) in early October 2014 has been organized by the Hellenic Association for Transpersonal Psychology and Research. The theme of this conference is Metamorphosis—Disintegration, Integration, Conscious Living. The Portuguese Transpersonal Association, known as Alubrat (http://www.alubrat.org.br), had a successful pre-conference last month as advance promotion for the Brazil Conference to be held in September 2015 in San Paulo, Brazil. Locations and sponsorship for international transpersonal conferences to be held in 2016 and 2017 are now being discussed by the Board.

Please let me know if you have special interests in or suggestions regarding any of the activities above and I will relay them to the ITA Board. Thank you.

Rosemarie Anderson, Ph.D.

Professor, Sofia University

rosemarie.anderson@sofia.edu