Prime Minister provides updates on higher education policy

Prime Minister J.Erdenebat speaking to Parliament

During Parliament’s session on Friday, Prime Minister J.Erdenebat held a briefing about the government’s ongoing and upcoming projects for higher education development policy. Prime Minister J.Erdenebat highlighted that the world’s fastest developing countries are developing education and innovation systems that are suitable for their respective countries, and are concentrating on developing knowledge-based economies.

He stated that developing human resources and studies on innovative technology are of great importance to improving higher education. He also said that Mongolia needs to execute education policy that moves Mongolia toward a knowledge-based economy, and to improve the quality and effectiveness of higher education.

The Prime Minister noted that the Government of Mongolia is working to develop the following short and mid-term education policies:

1. Create human resources with comprehensive competency moving toward producing costeffective manufacturing with eco-friendly technology, and for developing universitybased research.

2. Export knowledge and applicable results of studies by inviting foreign researchers and scientists to promote Mongolia’s research development and collaborating with Mongolian researchers.

3. Increase the budget for important projects and programs in science and technology studies, and finance the studies with optimized budgets.

He emphasized that the government is executing a policy from 2016 to 2020 that is designed to help the higher education system meet international standards, and that provides a high quality education to all students.

The Prime Minister pointed out that the 2021-2025 focus of the state’s policy should be on getting four or more Mongolian universities on the list of Asia’s top universities. Premier J.Erdenebat underlined that the 20162020 government action plan outlines the first step in developing a higher education system that will produce highly knowledgeable and experienced graduates by 2030. The Prime Minister talked about legal reform that could help the government reach its goals for higher education, and that legal reform is strongly connected to education reform.

He added that the government will execute comprehensive and compact policy to enhance the responsibilities of universities, to improve the capacity and effectiveness of studies, to create “startup ecosystems”, and to improve Mongolia’s competitiveness by exporting the results of studies completed by Mongolian universities to develop a knowledge-based economy. The Government of Mongolia will execute a national universitybased research program by uniting education policy documents.

Prime Minister J.Erdenebat noted that the German-Mongolian Institute for Resources and Technology (GMIT) is a part of development cooperation between the Government of Mongolia and the Federal Republic of Germany. The German governement will provide a soft loan of seven million EUR to establish a GMIT laboratory to create partnerships with the world’s top universities, to learn from their experiences, and to adopt their education standards.

He pointed out that 12 laboratories at the National University of Mongolia (NUM) and Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST) were established in 2015 at a cost of 1.2 million USD under the Higher Education Reform Project. An agreement has been signed to establish a 1.4 million USD shared laboratory for NUM, MUST, Mongolian University of Life Sciences, and Mongolian State University of Education.

PM J.Erdenebat stressed that higher education reform leads to creating an environment for comprehensive training programs that produce graduates that meet the requirements and demands of employers in the labor market. He noted that the government is working with domestic and international accreditation organizations to evaluate Mongolia’s universities and to strengthen the Council for Education Accreditation.

The Prime Minister said that the state is working to create the legal and regulatory environment for students to deal with tuition fees, and to provide students from rural areas with good healthcare without requiring a permanent address. He concluded that suitable state policy, quality assurance systems, and motivating students will influence the achievements of education reform.