Some of the nation’s top universities are augmenting their traditional curriculum with classes focusing on software skills. Many engineering programs now include courses on emotional intelligence as a way to improve the overall performance of their graduates.
And as a recent story on National Public Radio discusses, some top graduate business programs are even including classes on Buddhist meditation techniques. The story says that schools including Harvard and Michigan are teaching these skills, not to develop spirituality, but as a way to improve focus. The belief is that by mastering breathing techniques and better understanding their mental state, managers are more effective at managing themselves and their businesses.