First Students Graduate from German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology (GMIT)

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The first twelve students of the German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology received their Bachelor's degrees in June. Each of them had completed a four-year course of study in environmental engineering, mechanical engineering or raw materials processing.

As part of the German-Mongolian partnership on raw materials, both sides began to establish the German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology (GMIT) in 2011. The Mongolian side provided the campus near Ulaanbaatar, while the German side developed the curricula and provided financial support, e.g. with laboratory devices, library equipment, lecturers and scholarships.

A significant partner is TU Bergakademie Freiberg, which has been educating Mongolian students since 1976. In 2013, the first students could be enrolled in the GMIT preparatory course. Now, five years later, 12 students received their Bachelor certificates on June 21, 2018. The German Ambassador to Mongolia, Mr. Stefan Duppel, and the Mongolian Minister of Education, Ms. Tzogzolmaa Tsedenbal, were among those present. Like several other partners, TU Bergakademie Freiberg was represented by a delegation comprised of staff members who have been supporting the development of GMIT on behalf of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for five years. The director of the International University Centre, Ms. Katja Polanski, Project Manager, Professor Carsten Drebenstedt, Dipl.-Ing. Nora Loose and Professor Jürgen Bast congratulated the graduates on their successful graduation – and the university on its fifth anniversary.

"It is a particularly wonderful moment to witness the first students bid their alma mater farewell, and to see the university grow and to observe how its uniqueness has become so matter-of-fact," said mining professor Carsten Drebenstedt, who knows the students from his courses at GMIT and has followed their development. Representatives of Mongolian industry praised the abilities and knowledge of the students, which they had proved during their internships and in writing their bachelor theses.

At the beginning of July, GMIT students returned to Germany and Freiberg as part of a summer school. The development of GMIT will continue. The above-mentioned courses have been complemented by the courses ‘Bachelor of Industrial Engineering and Management’ and the Master's course ‘International Management of Resources and Environment’. Training at GMIT is conducted in English.

Mongolia has some of the world's largest deposits of raw materials, and in particular coal, copper, gold, fluorite and tungsten. However, the addition of value within Mongolia's borders based on the available raw materials is limited. A central obstacle is the obvious lack of highly qualified technical specialists and managers. 

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Contact Person: Prof. Carsten Drebenstedt, Tel +49 3731/39-3373