There is no limit to the potentialities of the
human brain. Not only does the function of the human brain need
cultivating from childhood, but also need to be constantly used
throughout. UCMAS is a tool for brain development. The harmonious
action between the organs of human body and limbs, especially the
triggering of “image in brain” is the promoter of tapping
the function of the brain in mental arithmetic by Zhusuan.
A lot of physiological organs of human body are divided into left and
right parts. Some of them appear symmetric on the surface, but the
functions are not symmetric at all. For instance the right and left
hands are different in strength and skill. Research on brain science
reveals that the left hemisphere provides analytical information
processing and is at good dealing with information concerning
language and sound; the right hemisphere provides integral
information processing and is good at dealing with information
concerning the shape and space. The different cognitive forms of the
two hemispheres are mutually complementary and co-operative and
develop harmoniously, making up the whole function of human brain.
Left-brain governs the right limbs and the right one, the left.
Conversely the action of the limbs also has an influence on the
development of the brain. Human beings by heredity and education are
accustomed to using the right hand in the early years. The right hand
is used more than left hand throughout life, so the right brain
function is not fully developed.
In order to explore and develop
the potentialities of the human brain fully, many physiologists and
brain scientist have been studying ways to develop the function of
the right brain further. UCMAS is the result of such research. It is
the child education on mental arithmetic by image of Zhusan that solves the problem. Numerous examples
prove that people who learn abacus Mental Arithmetic since childhood
are more outstanding in intelligence, academics and overall behavior.
In recent years with the spread of Abacus mental Arithmetic training
across the world, more and more children join the classes and have
improved their overall performance.
The cognitive theory Two famous scholars expound
cognitive theory. One is J. Piaget a Swiss development physiologist
and the other is J.S.Burner, American
Piaget traces the stages of intellectual
development as follows: Sensor motor stage- Infants from newborn to
two years old get their senses from the movement of their bodies.Pre operational stage-children from age
two to seven begin to develop their thinking by using language,
letters and pictures which are abstract symbols. They can learn
simple letters, numbers and pictures at this stage. Formal operations
Stage- Children above eleven are mature in their thinking. They can
analyze by abstract formal logic. They can be taught abstract
concepts as algebra and geometry.
As the consciousness of numbers is
gradually developed in children from one and year old, it should be strengthened. At this stage
concrete item works as “teaching aids”. UCMAS use the
abacus. Through constant exploration and practice the children get
the concept of numbers. It is only a beginning with numbers. Soon,
all the information is absorbed and processed faster in the mind. The
learning of abacus helps the understanding of natural science because
it has concrete string balls to help thinking. “The elevation
of abacus” means the ability to calculate by concrete balls,
the invisible imagery or formal calculator, which then reaches the
level of mental arithmetic. The learning of abacus helps the
understanding of natural science because it has concrete string balls
to help thinking. “The Elevation of abacus” means the
ability to calculate by concrete balls, the invisible imagery or
formal calculator, which then reaches the level of mental arithmetic.
The learning of abacus has the same process of cognitive theory,
which emphasizes the mental development from the concrete to the
conceptual, formal and symbolic.
The research on modern physiology and
science of brain indicates that the brain of a 5 or 6-year-old child
has reached the weight of 1200 kg making up 86% of the adult brain.
At this time the child has approached the sensitive period of
thinking in their receptivity, aural recognition of sound and
flexibility of finger muscles. Therefore UC MAS works with children
between 4 and 12 years.
At the end of the term, the children
will improve academic performance, will increase speed and accuracy
and will create a genius by discovering the power within.
June 17 - 23, 2001
70 master basic maths principles - by CHOW HOW BAN
Seventy teachers from the UC MAS Mental
Arithmetic and AbacusAcademy graduated from
a six-month Premier Achievement mental MA arithmetic Program. They
received their certificates from Deputyland and
Co-operative Development Minister Dr Tan KeeKwong at a graduation ceremony held at
Hotel Maluri Value Inn in TamanMaluri, Kuala Lumpur, on Monday.
A graduate clicking away
on the abacus to solve two maths
questions during a demonstration.
The course stressed on the basic principles of
addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, the calculation
of continuous multiplication and division, integral substituted
calculation, percentage calculation and square root and cube root
calculation. Ten candidates passed with distinctions while Iriese Tan from the UC MAS TamanKokDoh, Segambut, branch, was the top student with a 100%
Tan said the key to success to memorize the
formula and master the “quick finger” techniques on the
said if the person could succeed in both, then learning mental
arithmetic would become much easier.
Tan said the
learning of abacus and mental arithmetic was to enable them to
explore the youngsters’ inner ability and improve their
ability to focus.
She said she
hoped to further improve her knowledge and techniques in abacus and
mental arithmetic. Earlier at the ceremony, UC MAS chairman IsmailMohdYunos said the academy had over 3,000 students
throughout the country while it was expanding to other countries like
Thailand, Indonesia, China, India, Australia and Brunei.
Tan presenting the certificate to Tan while Ismail
(second from right) and UC MAS managing director Dino Wong look on.
He said the academy’s philosophy was to
lay a firm foundation in Malaysia
and spread its wing to other parts of the world.
confident that this franchising system will move on to other parts of
the world,” he said. Adviser-cum-moderator Lin Ching Tang from Taiwan urged the graduates to strive to upgrade
themselves and view the graduation as a beginning of a more
challenging journey instead of an end.
He said they should
cultivate a passion in abacus and mental arithmetic so that they
could motivate their students to do the same.
For centuries, the abacus was the Chinese
shopkeeper’s calculator, but which the advent of modern
calculators and cash registers, it slowly disappeared from the
In the past few years, however, it seems to
have made a comeback although not in its traditional environment.
The abacus is now being used in education as a tool for enhancing
mental ability especially in children.
Wong is the managing director Universal Concept Mental Arithmetic
System (UCMAS), one of the learning centers that offers courses
aimed at enhancing the mental ability of pupils through their
handling of the abacus.
'Our fastest children can mentally add 10 rows of 12 digit number
within 30 seconds.'
The center places heavy
emphasis on calculation and mental arithmetic but recently added
English and Art programs to its list of courses. Wong’s
involvement in education was purely a matter of chance. In 1993,
after spending 20 years of his working life in the insurance
industry, he was ready for a career change and the opportunity
presented itself during a business trip to China.
Wong was in Jilin,
a province in northeastern China,
when a friend offered to take him on a tour of the local schools.
He was astonished when he noticed the mathematical aptitude of the Jilin
schoolchildren who, he says, far surpassed the capabilities of the
average student in Malaysia
when it came to the calculations and mental arithmetic.
At first, Wong says, he thought that only the very clever children
were able to do mental arithmetic with such speed, ease and
accuracy. But then the teacher told him that all the children were
able to perform well regardless of their level of intelligence in
When Wong questioned further, he unearthed an unusual fact-the
children at Jilin
were taught to calculate which the abacus using both their hands.
In most parts of the world, the abacus is used with one hand. The
one hand method is also taught in many Malaysian Chinese schools.
Wong felt that there was a
link and sought to explore it. “I realized that this was not
only Mathematics. This was also about enhancing the brain,”
“The science behind
brain development links the right hand to the left side of the
brain and vice versa. By using two hands, both sides of the brain
can be developed easily.”
Keeping in mind that
enhancing brain development is inextricably tied to age, Wong focused his research on children
between the ages of 4 and 12 years old.
experts, 75% to 85% of brain development occurs from birth to the
age of 12,” he says.
It is for this reason that
the children in this age group are the targets of the learning
“Children below 4 would be too difficult to handle as a group
by the teachers at UCMAS and giving one on one lessons is not
financially advisable,” says Wong.
At the moment, specially
trained teachers at UCMAS guide groups of students on the two hands
method of handling the abacus.
“There are some
places in China
where they use one hand and two fingers or three fingers. Some
areas use two hands and four fingers or two hands and six
fingers,” says Wong who introduced the two hands two fingers
“This method is much
easier for the children to learn. The simpler the better.”
Wong himself had to master this technique, and to do this he went
for a course on learning the system in Beijing
Believing that the two hands method will boost brain development
and, by extension, mathematical aptitude in children all over the
country, he is now slowly introducing it here, and seems to be
making some progress.
“In Malaysia, we
have over 300 UCMAS centers all over the country,” claims
Wong adding that UCMAS, which is currently offering franchising
opportunities, has successfully set up offices in various countries
including India, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and New
Zealand. The two hands technique of using the abacus is actually a
step towards a higher level of calculation - mental arithmetic. The
children at UCMAS first have to be very adept at physically using
the abacus before they can move on to mental calculation. Mental
arithmetic is connected to the ability to visualize.
“When the children
are good, they don’t need to use the abacus any more, they
can calculate mentally,” says Wong. Basically, the children
are taught to picture the abacus in their minds. The figures that
are to be calculated are visualized as beads on the abacus as
opposed to numerals.
“A bead is a picture
while a number is not. It is easier for them to visualize the bead
and to calculate,” explains Wong, adding that this technique
is effective in performing basic arithmetic such as addition,
subtraction, division, and multiplication.
The method incorporates a
“picture upon picture” concept. “The calculation
overlaps – that means when one picture is in the mind,
another picture is placed on the top,” says Wong who
considers this to be one of the least painful ways for children to
learn mental arithmetic.
children can mentally add 10 columns of 12 digit numbers within 30
seconds,” he says. “Normally, you won’t be able
to even read the numbers in one minute,” Confident about the
effectiveness of these techniques, Wong has tried to reach as many
children as possible and is seeking to dispel the popular notion in
Malaysia that only Chinese students are outstanding in Mathematics.
In May 2001, he says,
Chinese, Malay and Indian students from UCMAS gave a 45 –
minute demonstration of their skills to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr MahathirMohamad at Putrajaya.
The demonstration was aimed at showing that students of all races,
with the help of the right method, were capable of reaching very
high standards in mental arithmetic. Between 1996 and 1998, UCMAS
also went on TV to teach the method, says Wong.
“TV1 gave us a one
– hour slot every Monday on SelamatPagi Malaysia to teach on air.”
Wong is hoping that the two hands abacus technique will one day be
integrated into the formal education system in Malaysia
and other countries, especially in today’s world where almost
everything is based on science and technology.
"Mathematics is the
foundation of science and calculation is the foundation of
mathematics," says Wong Who himself enjoyed mathematics when
he was in school.
Abacus is at the
Universal Concept of Mental Arithmetic System (UCMAS)
by Kavita S. DanielStaff Reporter
Picking up any skill is an
advantage in today's intensely competitive, dog-eat-dog world.
Anxious parents, particularly expatriates, hunt around for
activities in the UAE, to arm children with an extra edge in life.
Often you have parents packing off their kids to various
"classes" — swimming, ballet, karate, art, music,
etc. All in the hope of an alternative to their favorite punching
bag — terrible television.
It's possible to learn addition, subtraction,
multiplication, exponents, factors and percentage on the abacus,
says Dino Wong, managing director of UCMAS Holdings, Malaysia.
A recent addition to this burgeoning
extra-curricular activities package arrives in the UAE in the form
of the Malaysian franchised system, the Universal Concept of Mental
Arithmetic System or UCMAS. Brought to the UAE by an Abu
Dhabi-based Indian expatriate Francis Almeida, this "skill
development program." as it's termed by the promoters,
revolves around mastering the art of mental arithmetic.
however, is not so simple. It's not about learning to be a master
in mental mathematics and does not end up being limited to
conquering that old fear of mathematics. But the promoters and
instructors insist that it is also about making the child use the
brain to the maximum. All through our growing years, we hear this
harangue about the futility of using just one side of our brain, be
it the left or the right. And despite proof to the contrary,
education systems in some countries continue to measure a child's
intelligence by their academic results.
UCMAS method," says R. Balasubramanian,
general manager, marketing, of the Chennai-based UCMAS India,
"it's not about rote learning or honing one side of the brain.
It's about tapping the 'full potential' of the child."
in this method of study helps children realize their own potential
and they would perform as if they have been pushed to the wall.
There will be no 'I can't' in their vocabulary, just 'I can',"
points out Balasubramanian.
method, originally founded in China, employs the
ancient, yet universally renowned, manual gadget — the abacus
— the rectangular shaped instrument lined with vertical rods
fitted with beads.
What it does
is essentially teach the children to become skilled in rapid mental
mathematics with the help of the abacus beads at first. This is
done through memorizing a visual through the abacus as a
mathematical sum. This concept of thinking in pictures leads to
clearer thinking and an enhanced memory. The UCMAS concept prides
itself on promoting the right side of their brain in their
promotional literature. But as Dino Wong, managing director of
UCMAS Holdings, Malaysia, who was in Abu Dhabi recently to train
the UCMAS course instructors, points out, skeptics may raise the
issue that calculation, logic, analysis and math revolves around
the left side of the brain. To that he says the emphasis is not on
numbers. Instead, he explains that the crucial difference here is
that the numbers are memorized as visuals. It's another matter that
the visual is converted into a number and the child works out the
mathematical configurations mentally. Ultimately the child
uses the left and right side of the brain, admits Wong. This is the
basis of UCMAS learning.
• Nearly 300,000
children in countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Switzerland, India, Nepal, Sri
Lanka, Mauritius, Kuwait, South
are learning UCMAS. India
has nearly 20,500 children learning the UCMAS in 362 centers. R. Balasubramanian, general manager, marketing, of
the Chennai-based UCMAS India, admits that it took them more than
two years to get UCMAS popular because people earlier were deterred
by the idea that it was a mathematics program. But as promoters and
teachers reiterate, it's about handing the children another skill
on their plate to tackle life better.
at the system which claims to improve a child’s memory and
by Kavita S. DanielStaff Reporter
The UCMAS method of
improving the child’s memory and speed in thinking rests on
the ancient tool – the abacus. (Remember, playing with this
bead instrument to learn your rudimentary math as a child?) For
the first six months of the program the child is familiarized and
made to operate the abacus. The beads on the abacus represent
numbers and the central and the vertical rods provide additional
value to the beads.
Bin HJ Mohamed Khair and Alan Wong show
their skills using abacus during a UCMAS demonstration in Abu
Dhabi. ęGulf News
the movement of the beads (see illustration on Page 2) towards
the central beam on a particular rod forms a picture and
simultaneously a mathematical value. The association of the value
or amount with the image of the bead formation on the abacus is
imprinted into the child’s mind. “The key in learning
the UCMAS lies in practicing on the abacus,” admits Wong.
Flash cards are used to enhance the visuals and help them
memorize the pictures. By the end of the program they have
450,000 images stored in their memory.
Once they perfect
their ability to recall these images and convert them into
numbers, they are ready to attempt problems mentally with the
help of the abacus- and without it after some time. It’s
possible to learn addition, subtraction, multiplication,
exponents, factors and percentage on the abacus, Wong claims.
more skill that is developed as they learn the UCMAS. Using both
hands to rapidly work on the abacus helps children to improve
their motor skills, says Wong. Moreover, their skill of picking
up the “visual” aspects and process them improves,
while mental math only perks up their concentration and hearing.
During the training
of the UCMAS course instructors in Abu Dhabi, two children from Malaysia were given long
complex problems to calculate. And, the children holding
two-miniature abacus in their hands, moved the beads around
rapidly, and in a flash gave the right answer.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Children in the age group of 4 to 12
years are the target of the program, which will be available to
parents from centers in Abu Dhabi and
Dubai-franchised by the UAE UCMAS corporate office in the La Marquise
building on the Hamdam and Salam Street junction in
The different centers will house
classrooms where a maximum of 12 to 15 children will participate
in each class. Children have to undergo nearly 8 levels before
completing the program, starting from basic to grand level. This
is done over a period of 30 months, which involves the child
taking a two-hour class once a week, with each level lasting
three months. In addition, the child has to practice for 15
minutes every day for the rest of the six days of the week. At
the end of each level, the child has to pass an examination to
qualify for the next level. The cost of the program works out to
Dh250 a month, apart from a one-time registration fee of Dh250.
The registration fee entitles the child to an abacus, the program
books, t-shirt, a bag and information booklets.
The adage ‘old
is gold’ has been further authenticated in the case of the
Chinese abacus, developed around 500 BC. Being used by UCMAS
(Universal Concept of Mental Arithmetic System), Malaysia,
as a modern representation of the ancient art of mental math, it
has been introduced in Mumbai,
The UCMAS philosophy
is based on research of brain science. It is being taught in many
prominent schools, covering over 5,000 students. Parents have
seen profound results. Says SwaroopBendre;”My daughter has been doing
UCMAS since nine months and I have seen a considerable
improvement in her academic performance, along with her
concentration level being increased. She has also developed a
liking for math.” Parents have also noticed children
preferring the abacus to watching television and a general rise
in confidence levels.
U C MAS INDIA’s
Franchise Meeting was organized on 6th
December 2003 at Yeses KoyalMahal, Chennai. Around 85 Franchisees
participated actively. The meeting, which had a business like agenda,
gave opportunity for both the Corporate Office on the side & the
Franchisees on the other side to meet & discuss the current
scenario. Mr. Sunder Raj Manager
Administration commenced the meeting with the welcome address,
followed by managing Director Mr. BasheerAhamed’s brief keynote address. The Manager
Franchise operations Mr. A.V.Shekhar, there
after came out with the trend – change & the enormous
growth that took place in the speed of the U C MAS Abacus &
mental Arithmetic, number of centers from 100 late year
to 400 franchisees currently, being the barometer.
Important aspect that could be projected to the Franchisees was the
concept profile of U C MAS, which proved beyond doubt about the
uniqueness of U C MAS Abacus & Mental Arithmetic. The strong
& incomparable position, which the U C MAS has achieved, riveted
the label proclaiming U C MAS INDIA as not only a pioneer but the
leader fro the brands tailing behind with tuft of insignificant &
unbranded concepts. U C MAS INDIA always respects the other players in
the market and would continue adhering to the exclusive philosophy of
offering quality. Quality in every area of propagation of this noble
concept all through the “Deliverance of Value”.
U C MAS Memory Technique Concept
presentation by Mrs. A.V. MeenaKumari & Mrs. Vijayaprabha ,
stole the show. The interesting facts of Memory Technique absorbed
the audience attention. The feedback was reflected in the application
blacks picked up by the prospective Franchisees.
Franchisees took part in the meeting actively especially in the open
session. Problems & suggestions absorbed the time to discuss
minor & major issues. Gujarat Master Franchisee represented by
their Director, Mrs. MeghaKaria attended the meeting.
Auditor Mr. Santhana
Raman graced the occasion with his presence and Mr. SinthaMathar delivered
vote of thanks. The Franchisees then moved for a sumptuous dinner. It
was a pleasant evening, felt one and all.
The small but potential town – Ranipet
– in the Western part of Tamil Nadu
has the right mix of population with good education, entrepreneurship
and wherewithal. Not far away from Vellore, Ranipet has its shadow on it. With SIPCOT
Industrial Estate & Leather industries around, Ranipet has in it the cultural mix of India and the cross
section reveals the blend.
Mrs. Nazneen – Our Franchisee’s
setting up Franchise center in BHEL Nagar
has been a welcome feature. With her experience in teaching and
administering in education field has come handy to her. The Concept
presentation & live demo for U C MAS Abacus & Mental
Arithmetic Organized by the Franchisee received good audience 300
parents & children with their presence were all ears and witness for
the excellent response. Dignitaries. Corporate Office Manager
Franchise – Operations – Mr. A.V.Sekhar
and Mr. & Mrs. GeethaSaravanan , Franchisee & Course Instructor , Virugambakkam, Chennai, were present. Detailed
presentation & Live demo by children Suraj
& Srinivas added colour
to the function. Thrilled were the audience by the demonstration of
skills by the U C MAS children. It was an eventful evening.
Franchisee. Mrs. Nazneen needs to be
praised for organizing such a useful meet. Thirty on the spot
enrollments were done.
It was a day when tiny tots, middle – aged and the old
assembled for the sole purpose of understanding thoroughly the U C
MAS Mental Abacus Arithmetic System and the benefit accrued thereon
by mastering these techniques.
For the crew of U C MAS Mylapore center it
was a moment to reckon with. The venue was BharathiyaVidyaBhavan. The
hall was jam – packed and this itself was an indicator of the
huge success of the program even before the colorful events and
Renowned and veteran music –
director M.S.Viswanathan and Mr. BasheerAhamed , Managing Director U C MAS India graced the
occasion with their esteemed presence. The function began on a formal
note with the welcome address by Mylapore
Franchise. Franchisee Manager All India Operations – Mr. A.V.Shekhar touched upon the details of U C MAS
concept and the growth in India.
Then it was the turn of the children to
climb the stage and display their prowess. Students from various
schools in the vicinity participated enthusiastically and this was
the kind of platform they were yearning for.
As time passed by, the swelling crowds
waiting patiently on whatever little floor space was available in the
packed hall. U C MAS children displayed their extraordinary skills,
answering sums in seconds. Thunderous applause reverberate
and now it was the turn of Chief Guest to address the gathering.
In this short but packed message, the MellisaiMannar
appreciated Mr. BasheerAhamed,
the brain behind bringing this concept to India, the children
and the Mylapore franchise members. Mr. BasheerAhamed’s
speech focused on the U C MAS concept and he appreciated the children
for displaying the skills. On the whole the program was a huge
The decision of Maharashtra
Master Franchisee – Sri Ram Security Services & Detective
Agency Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, to take part in All India Marathi VignanSammelan on
19.11.2003 at Thane needs to be lauded U C MAS Abacus & Mental
Arithmetic Concept was taken to the audience in a unique manner by
Mr. R.M.Hadpad, Chairman & MD in his
brief address to the audience of the caliber of the Educationists and
parents with children from top slot schools. The crowd was the
presence of the renowned scientists of the caliber of ShriP.Devdar, Shri. S. Banushali
& Shri. Soman
on the dais; After a brief cultural program it was time for U C MAS
live Demo by Children Tapaswini & jai
– answering to sums in seconds thrilled the audience. Child Sahana from Chennai made everyone dumb founded
with her multiplication/division sums. The 10 digit & 10 rows
addition sum was answered within 40 seconds. Shri.
Soman, one of the scientists was all praise
for the students and the U C MAS, the organization which took the
onus on its shoulders to develop skills of the young children. The thrilled
audience started moving towards the dais and to take a closer look
and shake hands with this U C MAS student. Cameras flashed and the
twilight seemed to have stopped for a while to give silver lining to
the U C MAS presentation. Mr. Hadpad &
his team, Mr. SarojTiwari,
GM , Mr. Harjeet
Singh, Chief Moderator and Mr. Rajesh Gawde,
Marketing Manager & Franchisees Parents & children all those
who made it happen deserve accolades.
In Chennai, the latest craze is
enriching maths and logical skills based on
the Abacus Technique. U.C.Mas Mental
Arithmetic, which targets four -12 year olds, has over 18,000
children enrolled in 100 franchisees across India. In Ahmedabad, parents are rushing for courses like
Little Scientists and Human Computer. The 10-20 week course costs Rs 2,000,but the wait
list is long.