Romanian Beauty Queen
- Merit Scholar
- MIU University Trustee
- MIU Doctor of World Peace Honoris Causa
- Member of the Wege Foundation Board of Trustees
In 1999, Dr. Laura Wege (née Laura Niță) was hard at work in a high profile career as legal counselor and deputy director of the Trade Register at the Commerce Department in Iasi, a large Romanian city and center of culture, arts and academic life. A year earlier, Laura’s sister, Elena, had moved to the U.S. to attend Maharishi University of Management, and raved about the school’s unique approach. Listening closely, Laura was intrigued. On a visit later that year, Laura experienced MUM for the first time and was moved to make a life-changing decision — to leave behind her career and embark upon a new life in a new country. Her hope was to find deeper fulfillment. “I’d always been interested in meditation and holistic knowledge,” says Laura. “I wanted to attend MUM. But basically, I had to start all over.”
Already the holder of a bachelor’s degree and law degree* from Lucian Blaga University in Romania — and the winner of the Miss Spring beauty pageant in Iași — Laura earned a master’s degree in psychology at MUM, graduating with an Outstanding Student Award. In 2010, she enrolled at the University of Miami on a merit scholarship and the following year earned a master’s degree in international law.
Laura – MUM Graduation – 2003
Laura – University of Miami Graduation – 2011
Though Laura gained much from her many educational experiences, it was MUM’s Consciousness-Based℠ education that has stuck with her the most. It offered profound experiences that continue to inform and shape her life in many ways.
Since November 2014, she has been a member of MUM’s Board of Trustees. In 2019, Laura was awarded the Doctor of World Peace Honoris Causa degree by MUM. Today, she lives in Vero Beach, Florida and she works mostly with non-profit organizations focused in educational, environmental, and sustainability programs.
MIU’s Expansive View
“Consciousness-Based education gave me an expansive view of the world that has affected all areas of my life,” says Laura. “The environment at MUM is so incredibly supportive for learning and to one’s overall development. At MUM I became a more integrated human being.”
Upon first arriving at MUM in 2001, Laura found the different customs, language and social mores in the U.S. to be daunting. The support she found at MUM helped ground her in her new, adopted culture.
“The kindness of the teachers and their willingness to support me as a foreign student were striking and so important to my success,” she says.
“A lot of other schools used the Socratic method, which basically means ‘go find out for yourself.’ That’s hard for someone not educated in the culture. The people at MUM were totally different, totally supportive.”
In 2008, five years after graduating from MUM, on a trip home to Romania, Laura recalls the reaction to her “new self” she received due to her practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique and TM Sidhis (an advanced meditation tool) program for many years. (The Transcendental Meditation technique is practiced by all MUM students.)
“My friends said I was getting younger instead of older,” laughs Laura. “The stress had left me. I was happier, calmer. Everybody loved being around me and hearing about my experiences. There was an obvious transformation that my family and friends could see. Still that’s going on, even today.”
- Bachelor of Laws, Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, 1997
- MUM M.S. Degree: Master of Science, Psychology, 2003
- Master of Laws, University of Miami, 2011, including training in mediation and conflict resolution with Melvin A. Rubin – American College of Civil Trial Mediators
- Doctor of World Peace Honoris Causa, Maharishi University of Management, 2019
- Winner: Miss Spring beauty pageant, Iași, Romania, 1992 (see interview)
- Outstanding Student Maharishi University of Management – 2003
- Merit Scholar, University of Miami, 2011
- Legal Counselor, Chamber of Commerce, Iași, Romania 1997-2001
- Deputy Director for the Romanian Trade Registrar, City of Iași, Department of Commerce, 1999-2001
- Co-host of a successful Romanian television program, blending the topics of psychology and spirituality, 2001
- Member, MUM Board of Trustees, 2014-present
- Philanthropist, 1999 to present
*Note: Laura undertook quite a journey to be admitted into the Law University in Romania. In 1988, Romania was under the communist regime of Nicolae Ceausescu. The competition to get into the law school was very fierce: there were only 27 seats and 1000 candidates.
To get into the law school at that time, one had to memorize 2 books word for word. It took her two years to memorize the books, and, in 1989, when she had finished, Romania became part of the fall of communist European Eastern block.
Due to that, the books that Laura had memorized became obsolete and Laura spent another 2 years in memorizing 2 new books, and then in 1991 she was admitted into law school, second on the list of applicants.
Even though it took four of the best years of Laura’s youth (1988-1991) to get into law school, she persevered and didn’t want to give up!
LAURA WEGE AT THE 2019 MUM GRADUATION
Laura receives the MUM Doctorate of World Peace Honoris Causa