Mongolian student selected in Gates Cambridge Scholarship program for the first time

2019-04-17 16:37:18

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Scholars of the Gates Cambridge program, who will study for master’s and doctor’s degree at the University of Cambridge, which is listed on the 2nd of the world top universities, have been announced.  

Onon Bayasgalan has been selected to be a part of 2019 class of Gates Cambridge Scholars from Mongolia for the first time. She will do an MPhil in Conservation Leadership, specifically, she will conduct a comprehensive study on creating ways to incorporate sustainable practices and standards into cashmere industry, in which she had worked previously.

“I believe that in Mongolia our herders, who make up almost half of our population, can play the most important role in conservation given the appropriate financial incentives from the market,” she said.

B.Onon studied Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy at Whitman College and Yale University respectively. While she was working in Zorig Foundation in Mongolia, she initiated and launched ‘Environmental Fellowship Program’ in aims of supporting further young environmentalists.

In 2000 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated USD 210 million to the University of Cambridge to fund an international postgraduate scholarship program for students who are not just academically outstanding but also show a strong commitment to improving the lives of others. This remains the largest single donation in history to a UK university.

Since the first class in 2001 there have been more than 1,600 Gates Cambridge Scholars from over 100 countries.