German-Mongolian University Continues Close Cooperation with TU Freiberg

Signature of the joint cooperation agreement.
A delegation from the German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology (GMIT) in Ulaanbaatar visited TU Bergakademie Freiberg on December 5. The focus of the visit was on discussions about further cooperation in teaching.

Five Mongolian students are studying at TU Freiberg in the current winter semester. Furthermore, some 15 students and two lecturers from Mongolia attended a summer school at the Bergakademie this year, which was the fourth time that Mongolian students had attended. Such cooperation is financed by scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The Mongolian delegation included the Rector, Dr. Dorjderem Nyamjav, Vice Rector Prof. Battsengel Baatar, and other professors and lecturers from GMIT. The delegation was received by TU Freiberg Rector Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht, who invited them to sign the Bergakademie's Roll of Honor. The agenda for the visit also included a tour of the Institute of Mineral Processing Machines.

Before the visit to Freiberg, a workshop was held in Berlin to introduce a new course of study at the German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology. The course will be in Electrical Engineering and will include the area of Mechatronics as a specialization, with TU Freiberg Professor Jana Kertzscher and other experts from various German universities making substantial contributions.

Phase II of the project at the German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology has been running since October 2016, and will end in June 2019. A third phase is currently being prepared. This will give doctoral students in Mongolia the opportunity to carry out part of their research work at a German university. In addition, the AMRD (Advanced Mineral Resources Development) course is to be implemented at GMIT.

Since 2013, young Mongolians have been trained in engineering at GMIT. The focus there is on mining, resource management and the environment. The following courses are offered:

- Mechanical Engineering (Bachelor)

- Environmental Engineering (Bachelor)

- Raw Material and Process Engineering (Bachelor)

- Industrial Engineering (Bachelor, since 2016)

- International Management of Resources and Environment (Master, since 2017)

TU Bergakademie Freiberg has supported the development and adaptation of the curricula by means of numerous workshops. In addition, short-term lecturers were sent to Mongolia to teach at GMIT. This made it possible to ensure that the standard of training corresponded to German levels.

The GMIT in Mongolia is still a relatively young university, with its origins dating back to an agreement signed in 2011 by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Mongolian President, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj. As part of the German Raw Materials Initiative, this agreement aims to counter the shortage of skilled workers in the raw materials sector in Mongolia. To this end, the Mongolian Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is financing the establishment and expansion of GMIT. The project is being implemented by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the DAAD in partnership with a number of German universities.

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