PhD student Han Wan


osting MUM’s Third Annual Deep Green Business Symposium in 2015 with professor Dennis Heaton and classmate Margaret-Rose Werd


Receiving the Outstanding CMA Student award from the Des Moines Chapter of the Institute for Management Accountants
on April 18, 2017


Management doctoral student Han Wan, who recently passed the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam, received the Outstanding CMA Student award from the Des Moines Chapter of the Institute for Management Accountants.

Han received an undergraduate degree in education from Qiongzhou University, China, which has a collaboration with MUM. She learned the Transcendental Meditation® technique in Beijing in 2011 and decided to continue her studies at MUM.

Following her plan to become a middle school teacher, Han completed her MA in education. MUM’s peaceful atmosphere and supportive academic environment encouraged Han to broaden her horizons and increase her accomplishments. She enrolled in the MBA in Accounting Program and, after graduating in 2014, began her doctoral program in management.

“Coming here was a life-changing experience for me,” she said. “I fell in love with MUM. The environment is so supportive, and the professors are so dedicated to their students.” Han attributes many of the changes in her life to the practice of the TM® technique. “I am much happier than I was before, and I have built up my self-acceptance and confidence.”

Han is currently writing her dissertation and, as a senior graduate instructor, she teaches distance education courses on finance and accounting to the undergraduate students of the Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition to completing her PhD, Han plans to further her education in accounting and pass the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

“Along with her studies as a PhD student, Han simultaneously mastered the CMA exam,” said Professor Dennis Heaton, Han’s PhD advisor. “Now she has designed an original research plan to examine the impact of sustainability reporting on a firm’s financial performance.”

In the future Han hopes to combine her interests in accounting and education and become an accounting professor or work as an accounting professional. “I always want to learn something new and challenge myself,” said Han. “I want to be more knowledgeable and experienced, so that I can do a better job helping people.”