UAF sets up engineering school in Mongolia

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FAIRBANKS, ALASKA — Seven professors from the University of Alaska Fairbanks are helping establish an engineering school at the new American University of Mongolia.

Professors are helping develop curriculum and designing classrooms at the new university, located in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator.

The university signed a contract with American University this spring.

UAF Mining and Geological Engineering program chairman Rajive Ganguli, who is leading the project, said Alaska and Mongolia are similar when it comes to mining in the far north.

“Our cold climate engineering expertise is very relative to Mongolia, and they can benefit from it. And so we have academic agreements with Mongolia Institute of Science Technology and with Erdenet Mining Corporation,” he said.

There is no federal funding to help start the school, which is estimated to cost in the millions of dollars. Ganguli said most of that will come from private-sector mining companies in Mongolia.

“Mining has been booming in Mongolia for a few years,” Ganguli said. “Their economy is taking off. They’re one of the fastest growing economies in the world at about 17 percent. And so when you grow that fast, you need lots of good employees, especially in engineering given their investment in infrastructure and mines, et cetera.”

He added that helping start the new school is a very exciting prospect for the Alaska professors involved.

“It is wild to think you’re going to (create an) engineering school from scratch,” he said.

He said “the stuff we hate” about the education system, “we get to remedy.”

Ganguli added that his team will “review engineering education in some of the top universities – and we have our own ideas – and we’ll steal from the best.”

Source: Associated Press

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2 Responses to UAF sets up engineering school in Mongolia

  1. WIM Mongolia says:

    Dear Editor in Chief, I really like articles on this website. However, I feel that Mongolian Capitol is always spelt wrong. We use Ulaanbaatar instead which BM is using wrong spelling ulan bator. This spelling was given by Russians back in the days. But, in the 21 century, we do use Ulaanbaatar as the correct spelling of our Capitol city in English taken directly from Mongolian Language not from the Russian language. Would you kindly change all the misspelt name. It is sending wrong signal to rest of the world. CoverMongolia send petition around the world to spell correctly our Capitol city to Ulaanbaatar a few months ago. Please join the petition and check every time if anything is spelt correctly. It is greatly appreciated, Women in Mining Mongolia

  2. Valencia says:

    Thank you for your comment. We support the correct spelling which is Ulaanbaatar instead of Ulan Bator. We use Ulaanbaatar in our original articles and news that we produce. However, when we put a news from a different source, we are required not to alter the original because we are citing them. We will work towards changing the trend.

    Regards,

    Valencia.

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