"Universities, colleges to relocate to rural aimags from next year"Society
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. The Ministry of Education and Science today, October 26, organized a press briefing to give latest update on measures being taken in the education sector.
Deputy Minister of Education and Science G.Ganbayar said that the relocation of universities and colleges in Ulaanbaatar city to rural regions, which has been a long-standing topic of discussion in the past decade, will be put into action from next year.
“The Cabinet will soon be discussing an issue of building university towns in Khovd, Dornod, Orkhon, Darkhan-Uul and Dornogobi aimags. In particular, feasibility studies will be developed on relocating the Mongolian University of Life Sciences to Darkhan-Uul aimag, Mongolian University of Science and Technology to Erdenet city in Orkhon aimag to be settled down by the Erdenet Mining Corporation in Erdenet city, universities engaged in education, health and social fields to Khovd and Dornod aimags, and mining universities and colleges to Dornogobi aimag and other Gobi region aimags. The National University of Mongolia is deemed not necessary to be relocated from its location in the capital city.”
The government has also considered that relocation of universities to Baganuur District near Ulaanbaatar city, as talked before, would require high-priced development, because it was estimated in 2013 that MNT 11 trillion of investment would be required to build infrastructure for the university town in Baganuur.
The press briefing also touched on development of digital school management system and digital educational platform underway through public-private partnership. As informed by the Deputy Education Minister, the ESIS digital platform of educational information has been launched. Through the ESIS system and its website /www.esis.edu.mn/ and mobile application, parents are able to receive information on their children’s academic performance, grades and attendance, and users are able to receive a copy of their educational certificates.
Digital technology systems for educational management and training are being introduced at 90 secondary schools and kindergartens countrywide in cooperation with 8 private information technology companies, such as MEXIM Consulting, ECM, ICT, MEGSIM, Amjilt.com, Grand IT, A Plus, Gerege Systems and TomYo Edtech.